No Ordinary Man

For decades, the life of American Jazz musician Billy Tipton was framed as the story of an ambitious woman passing as a man in pursuit of a music career. In NO ORDINARY MAN, Tipton’s story is re-imagined and performed by trans artists as they collectively paint a portrait of an unlikely hero. Together, the filmmakers join Tipton’s son Billy Jr. to reckon with a complicated and contested legacy: how do you tell the story of someone who was hiding in plain sight yet desperate to be seen?


Two nominations and two awards so far. Best Canadian feature at Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival and New Visions award at Montreal International Documentary Festival. 


“The documentary is surprisingly wide-ranging, especially for its 83-minute run time, but it’s particularly powerful in its media criticism of how trans stories are framed to favor cis subjects, as well as the fraught relationship that trans men have to invisibility.”  Inkoo Kang, Hollywood Reporter 

“It is a finely tuned, perfectly edited film, one that builds to a remarkably current chapter about the power and need for legal protest, and what it says about the failures of a country that doesn’t encourage it.” Brian Tallerico,

Genre: Documentary

Director: Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt

Year: 2020

Length: 83 minutes

Country of Origin: Canada