“No Ordinary Man is an elegant riff on a classic progression that arrives at something transcendent.” – Indiewire
“A fascinating and exhilarating film.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“No Ordinary Man” is vibrant, and alive… moving and empowering” – Roger Ebert.com
“Tender, topical and well-crafted” – The Globe & Mail
“Fascinating” – Le Devoir
What happens when you die and lose control of your story? No Ordinary Man features acclaimed trans culture makers as they reckon with the life and death of jazz musician Billy Tipton.
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?
This film was made possible by the financial support of the Canada Media Fudn, TELEFILM Canada, La Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), Documentary Channel, TVOntario, and Canadian and Provincial tax credits