- Premiering at DOC NYC 2019
Fellini meets Motown in I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, the tragi-comedic tale of one man’s search for self-acceptance, a journey that included tabloid celebrity, Tupperware parties, and two coming outs – first as a straight woman, then as the gay man he was born to be.
I’m Going to Make You Love Me is a full-length documentary about the life of Brian Belovitch, who in the 1980s, as a transgendered woman named Tish, was one of New York’s most famous downtown divas. “Tish was a glamorous busty lusty Fellini-esque beauty, cabaret chanteuse, party and good time girl,” says journalist Michael Musto, in the film. Then, after more than a decade as Tish, she transitioned back to Brian. Now in his sixties, Brian’s iterations include army wife and loving husband; sex worker; club performer; actor; author; AIDS survivor and playwright. Today, he’s a substance abuse counselor for the LGBTQ community. His unique odyssey is a moving and thought-provoking look at gender identity. It’s also a love story, a tale of survival and a colorful hearkening back to a gritty Manhattan and the glory days of access TV. That Brian considers his initial transition a mistake will likely cause a stir among certain progressive circles and wrongly appeal to right wing narratives. While such a response points to a type of conservatism worth exploring, IGTMYLM is not political or a polemic. It’s about the universal desire to feel comfortable in one’s own skin, and the reality that some of us have to work much harder to get there.