Queer Japan Kickstarter Documentary to Feature Manga Artists

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

The Queer Japan Project by director Graham Kolbeins and co-writer Anne Ishii (Fantagraphics Books' Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It) launched a Kickstarter to fund a documentary focusing on individuals in Japan who don't conform to society's expectations about gender or sexuality.

The documentary looks at artists, activists, and every day people living in Japan who are also part of a sexual or identity minority. So far the project has scheduled individual interviews with the likes of bara manga creator Gengoroh Tagame (The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Bara Master, Shirogane no Hana) and artist Rokudenashiko (Megumi Igarashi), who made international news after she was arrested for her artwork because it displayed uncensored genitalia, and giving away 3D printer data of her vagina as a crowdfunding reward.

Other interviewees include drag queen Vivienne Sato, HIV activist, writer, and magazine editor Hiroshi Hasegawa, visual artist Nogi Sumiko, dancer Atsushi Matsuda of the renowned butoh group DAIRAKUDAKAN, and bar owner Masaki C. Matsumoto.

The Queer Japan Project has raised US$11,866 of its US$45,000 goal. The campaign will run until March 15. The project will use the funds to shoot the documentary across Japan from April to August with plans to submit it to Japanese film festivals next year.

[Via JamesMichael Nichols at The Huffington Post]

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