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Toronto, Aug 2 (Canadian-Media): It was announced on July 30 by Canadian distributor Les Films du 3 Mars (F3M) and Parabola Films that the feature length documentary 'No Ordinary Man' by award-winning co-directors Aisling Chin-Yee, and Chase Joynt will be screened as part of the 45th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), TIFF reports said.
Billy Tipton. Image credit: TIFF 2020
Written by Amos Mac (co-founder of trans magazine Original Plumbing) and Aisling Chin-Yee -- cisgender, award-winning producer, writer, and director based in Montreal, Canada -- No Ordinary Man, one of the 50 feature films selected for this year's TIFF, offers in-depth look at the life of American Jazz musician and trans culture icon Billy Tipton.
The film 'No Ordinary Man' will be released by F3M in Canada in early 2021.
For decades, since his death, Tipton's story was framed as an ambitious woman passing as a man in pursuit of a music career.
Re-imagined and performed by trans artists, in 'No Ordinary Man', the filmmakers join Tipton’s son Billy Jr. to figure out how to tell the story of someone who was hiding in plain sight yet desperate to be seen.
Leading voices in the trans community, including Marquise Vilsón, Scott Turner Schofield, Susan Stryker, C.Riley Snorton, and Thomas Page McBee, among others are featured in No Ordinary Man.
“This has been an extraordinary collaboration, not only between us as directors, but with the many visionary trans culture-makers featured in the film. Bringing Billy Tipton’s story to audiences at TIFF is incredibly rewarding,” said Chin-Yee and Joynt. “Jazz was Billy’s life passion, but his legacy goes far beyond music. To generations of trans people, Tipton’s life serves as an indispensable example of a vibrant and fulfilling trans life across history.”
No Ordinary Man Made is in partnership with Canada Media Fund, Telefilm Canada, la Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), SODEC Tax Credit, Documentary Channel, CAVCO and TVO.
Montreal-based distributor Les Films du 3 Mars holds all Canadian rights.
Aisling was named one of Canada’s Rising Film Stars by Now Magazine 2019. Her feature film directorial debut, The Rest of Us, starring Heather Graham (Boogie Nights, The Hangover), and Sophie Nélisse (The Book Thief) premiered at the TIFF 2019. Aisling also produced the award winning feature films, Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Last Woman Standing, and The Saver among others. In 2018 she was selected in the inaugural cohort of professionals in the 50 Women Can Change the World in Media and Entertainment in Hollywood. In 2019, Aisling received the TIFF Canning Fellowship.
A transgender moving-image artist and writer, Chase Joynt's films have won jury and audience awards internationally. His latest short film, Framing Agnes, premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, won the Audience Award at Outfest in Los Angeles, and is being developed into a feature film with support from Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch program. Awarded the EP Canada/Canada Film Capital Award for Emerging Canadian Artist, Joynt’s first book You Only Live Twice (co-authored with Mike Hoolboom) was a 2017 Lambda Literary Award Finalist and named one of the best books of the year by The Globe and Mail and CBC.
Amos Mac, an out transgender writer is staffed on the upcoming drama series Gossip Girl (HBO Max, 2021). Shows on which he worked on previously included Amazon’s Transparent and VICELAND’s Gaycation. From 2009-2019, Amos was a founding editor of Original Plumbing; the first print magazine in America dedicated to trans male culture.
Co-founder of Parabola Films, President of the Board of Montreal's Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), and former President and long-standing board member of the Documentary Organization of Quebec, Sarah Spring has been actively involved in Montreal's vibrant film community for the past fifteen years championing emerging filmmakers and under-represented voices. In collaborations with MUTEK and La Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), Sarah has also been working within the interactive arts sector through. Sarah sits on the Montreal Arts Council’s Cinema Committee, co-Chairs the Canada Film & Video Fund, and consults for artists and the institutions that finance them.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)