NO ORDINARY MAN – FILM SCREENING
This film will be screening as part of our Rosa Kwir Presents 2022 programme.
An online Q&A with Amos Mac and Chase Joynt will follow after the film
Admittance is free of charge, however booking is necessary, as the maximum capacity for this event is 25 people.
Address: 38, Main Street, Balzan
Time: 18:30 PM
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?
Aisling Chin-Yee is an award-winning producer, writer, and director based in Montreal, Canada. 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 Toronto International Film Festival 2019. Aisling also produced the award winning feature film, Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Last Woman Standing , The Saver among others. 2014 marked her year as writer and director with the short film, Sound Asleep. In 2015, she directed the multi-award winning documentary Synesthesia. In 2017, she co-founded the #AfterMeToo movement. 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.
Chase Joynt is a transgender moving-image artist and writer whose 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 is an out transgender writer staffed on the upcoming drama series Gossip Girl (HBO Max, 2021). Previously he’s worked on shows including 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. Informational and humorous, OP provided ten years of artful documentation of trans masculine community. The official book, Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture, was released in 2019 by the Feminist Press. Amos Mac is repped by Raquelle David at Elevate Entertainment.
C0-founder of Parabola Films, President of the Board of Montréal’s RIDM – Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal, and former President and long-standing board member of the Documentary Organization of Quebec, Sarah Spring has been actively involved in Montréal’s vibrant film community for the past fifteen years. Her company, Parabola Films, is a boutiques production house that champions independent filmmakers and innovative storytellers. Sarah sits on the Montréal Arts Council’s Cinema Committee, and consults both for artists adn the institutions that finance them. “No Ordinary Man” is the tenth feature documentary Sarah has produced from development through to release on the International festival circuit.