Graham Kolbeins is a queer filmmaker, writer, and designer living in Los Angeles. He's the director of the short film The House of Gay Art and the documentary web series Rad Queers, which focuses on artists and activists from across the LGBTQ spectrum and played at film festivals including Outfest and Frameline. The Japan-U.S. Friendship Council named Kolbeins a recipient of their Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship in 2016, and he subsequently spent five months directing Queer Japan, a feature documentary about sexuality and gender identity in Japan. Currently in post-production, Queer Japan will screen in festivals next year.
Along with Chip Kidd and Anne Ishii, Kolbeins is the co-editor of two books on Japanese gay art: The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame and Fantagraphics’ Eisner-nominated anthology, Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It. The team also collaborated on Koyama Press’ English-language edition of What Is Obscenity?, a graphic memoir by Rokudenashiko chronicling her arrest on obscenity charges for making 3D printed vagina art. Kolbeins has contributed editorial content to the blogs of Spike Jonze’s last two films (Her and Where the Wild Things Are), and writes about Japanese gay art on his Tumblr, Gay Manga!
Kolbeins is also the co-founder and creative director for the apparel brand MASSIVE GOODS, which makes products with queer and feminist artists from Japan. MASSIVE has highlighted the work of gay manga artists including Jiraiya and Gengoroh Tagame through a string of successful collaborations with global fashion brands Opening Ceremony and Mishka NYC, as well as chef Danny Bowien’s acclaimed restaurant, Mission Chinese Food.