I Was Born This Way

Born this Way cover

Academy and Emmy Award winning filmmakers Daniel Junge and Sam Pollard are partnering on a documentary about the late Archbishop Carl Bean, the pioneering gay Black singer turned pastor and AIDS activist.

Production is underway on the feature I Was Born This Way, which takes its title from Bean’s 1977 Motown Records gay disco anthem that celebrated LGBTQ identity and later became the inspiration for Lady Gaga’s hit “Born This Way.”

Junge, who won an Oscar for the 2012 documentary short Saving Face, and multiple Emmy winner Pollard (When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts), are working with Bean’s estate to make their film.


Directors Daniel Junge, Sam Pollard Join Forces For ‘I Was Born This Way,’ Doc On “Larger Than Life” Singer-Activist Archbishop Carl Bean

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Status: Release date TBA