Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt talk No Ordinary Man

Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt spoke with Solzy at the Movies this week about their new film, No Ordinary Man, opening in theaters. The film is a documentary about jazz pianist Billy Tipton. It’s not just a documentary but a major cinematic contribution to transgender history. I love the approach that co-directors Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt take in directing the film.  It’s part documentary and part holding casting auditions to portray Billy Tipton in…

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Toronto 2020: No Ordinary Man

No Ordinary Man isn’t so much a documentary of musician Billy Tipton but a major contribution to the history of trans-masculinity. For me, the most important moment in the film came when activist Jamison Green meets Billy Tipton Jr.  It’s during this meeting that Green tells the musician’s son that nobody is alone in going through this.  For a long time, Tipton Jr. thought he was the only one with such a history. But again,…

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Tribeca 2019: Framing Agnes

Framing Agnes packs a lot of punch into 19 minutes but this important transgender documentary could very well be a feature-length film. The short film serves as both a documentary and a reenactment after co-directors Chase Joynt and Kristen Schilt were able to access sociologist Harold Garfinkel’s (Chase Joynt) archives.  While they knew the story of Agnes (Zachary Drucker), they didn’t know Garfinkel saw other clients.  These case files would be locked up for some 60…

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