UN VRAI GENTLEMAN (NO ORDINARY MAN)
By AISLING CHIN-YEE and CHASE JOYNT
UN VRAI GENTLEMAN had its world premiere at the last Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and also won the Best Canadian Feature Film Award at the last Inside Out Festival in Toronto. The film is a dive into the life of jazz musician and trans culture icon Billy Tipton.
For decades, the life of American jazz musician Billy Tipton was presented as the story of an ambitious woman posing as a man in order to pursue a musical career. In UN VRAI GENTLEMAN, Billy Tipton’s story is rethought and performed by trans artists who collectively paint the portrait of this unlikely hero. The filmmakers teamed up with Billy Tipton’s son, Billy Jr., to honor this complex and controversial legacy: how to tell the story of a person who hid in broad daylight but did everything to be seen? UN VRAI GENTLEMAN features some of the key players in the trans community, including Marquise Vilson, Scott Turner Schofield, Susan Stryker, C. Riley Snorton and Thomas Page McBee, among others.
UN VRAI GENTLEMAN is a dive into the life of jazz musician and trans culture icon Billy Tipton. Complex and beautiful, this groundbreaking film highlights a community that vibrates in unison to honor the legacy of this unlikely hero.
UN VRAI GENTLEMAN will be presented at the RIDM from November 19 to 25 during their online edition and will be released in theaters in February 2021 in Canada.
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