Buy Tickets

No Ordinary Man

No Ordinary Man is an in-depth look at the life of musician and trans culture icon Billy Tipton. Complicated, beautiful and historically unrivaled, this groundbreaking film shows what is possible when a community collaborates to honor the legacy of an unlikely hero. (NR, 83 min.)

Showtimes

Friday, August 27, 2021

(TBD)

American jazz musician Billy Tipton developed a reputable touring and recording career in the mid-twentieth century, along with his band The Billy Tipton Trio. After his death in the late 80s, it was revealed that Tipton was assigned female at birth, and his life was swiftly reframed as the story of an ambitious woman passing as a man in pursuit of a music career. The genre-defying documentary NO ORDINARY MAN seeks to correct that misrepresentation by collaborating with trans artists. As they collectively celebrate Tipton’s story as a musician living his life according to his own terms, they paint a portrait of a trans culture icon. NO ORDINARY MAN features leading voices and breakout stars in the trans community, including Marquise Vilsón, Scott Turner Schofield, Susan Stryker, C. Riley Snorton, and Thomas Page McBee, among others.
[Oscilloscope]

Starring: Billy Tipton Jr., Holden Bernstein, Kate Bornstein
Directors: Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt
Genre: Documentary

Watch Trailer

"Tender, topical and well-crafted, No Ordinary Man is no ordinary film."

— Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail

"It's moving and empowering, a reminder of how far we've come and how far we have to go."

— Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

"Co-directors Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt exalt the professional and personal life of Jazz musician Billy Tipton in No Ordinary Man, and avoid simplification of the trans masculine experience."

— Carlos Aguilar, RogerEbert.com

"A fascinating deconstruction of history, culture, and identity, No Ordinary Man raises so many crucial questions - and answers them so thoughtfully - that it moves beyond entertainment into the realm of essential text."

— Elizabeth Weitzman, TheWrap