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No Ordinary Man

No Ordinary Man

Programme: Memories

2020 / Canada, USA / documentary

Directors: Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt
English, with Lithuanian subtitles, 83 min

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 1980s, 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 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.

Screenings

September 4, 6.30 PM
Emma, Kaunas

September 11, 3.35 PM (followed by a discussion)
Skalvija, A. Goštauto g. 2, Vilnius

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