Livestream Q+A with director Chase Joynt starts at 8:30 pm
Ontario only; March 1 at 7:00 pm until March 7 at 11:59 pm
Director: Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt
Runtime: 84 minutes
Rating: most audiences
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In the wake of Billy Tipton’s death in 1989, the media devoted copious and often cruelly insensitive coverage to a tabloid storytelling of how the American jazz musician had been living as his true male gender for decades, concealing the fact that he was assigned female at birth even to his closest family members. For filmmakers Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt and their documentary’s exceptional array of thoughtful interview subjects, Tipton’s story becomes a means to explore perspectives, insights and experiences from within the spectrum of trans expression, a span that’s as wide as it is poorly understood, acknowledged and represented, at least until very recently. The result is a film that is frank, engaging and affecting.