Sex sells, or at least that’s what 24-year-old Lithuanian filmmaker Romas Zabarauskas is hoping, as he’s decided that for his Kickstarter, offering scripts and signed DVDs isn’t enough. Nope, instead he’s promised that anyone donating more than $50 to his film, You Can’t Escape Lithuania, will get a nude photograph.
And as he’s a rather good-looking young man, we’re sure he’ll have plenty of success finding backers.
As for the film itself, you can take a look at the funding video below. The plot is ‘about a fictional version of Romas Zabarauskas, a gay filmmaker from Lithuania. Romas helps a good friend, an actress, Indre, to escape Lithuania after she murders her mother and steals her money. Romas also takes his hot Mexican boyfriend Carlos along for the ride. On the road, Romas gives Indre an ultimatum: if she doesn’t agree to perform in one last experimental film, he will turn her over to the police…’
Zabarauskas suggests the film is inspired by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Douglas Sirk and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. He also notes that the fact it’s set in Lithuania is important, as like many other Eastern European countries it’s dealing with increasing homophobia and also has a new law banning ‘gay propaganda’, much like the one in Russian that has been condemned by many.
The director’s previous films Porno Melodrama and We Will Riot, tackled the subjects of homophobia, neo-nationalism and corruption, and have screened at numerous film festivals.
Zabarauskas is hoping to raise $20,000 through his Kickstarter. Now he just needs to convince his co-star in the film, Adrian Escobar (pictured below) who’ll play the Mexican boyfriend, to also offer a nude pic and he’s sure to hit his target and then some!