Lithuanian filmmaker Romas Zabarauskas certainly knows the way to a gay man’s heart: he’s offering naked photos to anyone who donates to his Kickstarter. Well, okay, if you insist!
He apparently also knows that gay men are cheapskates when it comes to porn, because for only $1 you can get his “racy photo shoot.”
The project is called You Can’t Escape Lithuania, and it appears to be a semi-autobiographical mostly-fictional artsy-craftsy hipster story about two young people on a dangerous road trip. Lithuania isn’t exactly a safe place for queers: like Russia, lawmakers have been instituting increasingly homophobic laws to punish and imprison gays. It’s not a fun place.
Those elements will probably pop up in Romas’ new film.
His previous works, Porno Melodrama and We Will Riot, combined sex and politics too, and played at various international film festivals. He used Kickstarter for his earlier work as well, but this might be the raciest of his projects. “The more money you will send me, the more of my body you will see,” he says in his pitch video. Donors over $50 will get a signed naked photo if they hit their $20,000 target.
Other rewards: temporary tattoos, digital downloads, a t-shirt — you know, the usual Kickstarter stuff. That’s all well and good, but we came for flesh.