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You Can’t Escape Lithuania is a feature film about a fictional version of me, a gay filmmaker from Europe. And I'm going naked for it.
You Can’t Escape Lithuania is a feature film about a fictional version of me, a gay filmmaker from Europe. And I'm going naked for it.
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STORY

You Can’t Escape Lithuania is a feature film 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…

ART

YCEL is a queer art film inspired by Fassbinder, Douglas Sirk and Dostoyevsky.

LITHUANIA

Photo from our location scout, taken by Tomas Kurkinas
Photo from our location scout, taken by Tomas Kurkinas

Lithuania is a tiny Eastern European country with approximately 3 million inhabitants. It’s a country of spectacular landscapes, a rapidly growing economy, and people who dream big. The bad news is that our politicians are increasingly pushing a homophobic agenda. Since 2010, a controversial Protection of Minors law, similar to Russia’s anti-gay legislation, has been in force.

TEAM

FILMMAKER Romas Zabarauskas

Romas Zabarauskas, photo by Neringa Rekašiūtė
Romas Zabarauskas, photo by Neringa Rekašiūtė

Romas' films Porno Melodrama (30 min.) and We Will Riot (79 min.) tackle the subjects of homophobia, neo-nationalism and corruption. They premiered at the Berlinale in 2011 and the Moscow Film Festival in 2013 respectively, and have been showing around the world ever since.

CAST

Denisas Kolomyckis = gay filmmaker Romas Zabarauskas

Denisas Kolomyckis, photo by Luís Carvalho
Denisas Kolomyckis, photo by Luís Carvalho

22-year-old film actor and contemporary artist
Based in: Góis, PortugalDenisas is proud of: opening Agnès b. fashion show at Paris fashion week 2012

Irina Lavrinovic = the actress who kills her mom, Indre

Irina Lavrinovic, photo by Andrius Mažeika
Irina Lavrinovic, photo by Andrius Mažeika

27-year-old film, theater actress and performing artist
Based in Brussels, Belgium
Irina is proud of: her ongoing performance project "In The Toilet With Lavrinovic"

Adrian Escobar = Romas’ Mexican lover Carlos

Adrian Escobar, photo by Andrés Cedillo
Adrian Escobar, photo by Andrés Cedillo

24-year-old insurance agent
Based in: Mexico city, Mexico
Adrian is proud of: boxing skills and his 4-year-old son

+ special appearance by singer, actor Vaidas Baumila

Vaidas Baumila
Vaidas Baumila

CREW

Cinematographer Ville Piippo
Composer 101 (Evaldas Azbukauskas)
Art Director Giedrė Valeišaitė
Costume Designer Virginija Valeišaitė
Editor Gintarė Sokelytė
Graphic Designer Antanas Laukai
Grassroots Outreach Marija Silk

ARTISTS' REWARDS INSPIRED BY CARLOS

Carlos' postcard, created by Shizzo Takezo
Carlos' postcard, created by Shizzo Takezo
A work by Jolita Vaitkutė
A work by Jolita Vaitkutė
A work by Shaltmira
A work by Shaltmira

REWARDS CHART

QUEER LOVE

MIX NYC Queer Film Festival is our partner and fiscal sponsor. They will offer partial tax deductions for everyone who donates 100$ and more!

AMBASSADORS

Tomas Rimkus, Daphné Praud, James Stein, Simon Savory, Marc David Jacobs, Rick Flynn, Nadia von Oesterreich, Mark Splinter - these are the cool people who are helping us to reach you!

KICKSTARTER VIDEO & PHOTO SHOOT

Shot by Saulius Baradinskas
Edited by Linas Justice
Music: Cought Up in a Fantasy by 101
Photographer Neringa Rekašiūtė
Stylists Virginija Valeišaitė and Lukas Juodis
Make Up by Marija Unkind

PRESS

World Brief, Huffington Post Live

Huffington Post
Huffington Post

Gaystarnews.com

GayStarNews.com
GayStarNews.com

en.DELFI.lt

en.DELFI.lt
en.DELFI.lt

Towleroad.com

Towleroad.com
Towleroad.com

Queerty.com

Queerty.com
Queerty.com

Sosogay.co.uk

Sosogay.co.uk
Sosogay.co.uk

Instinctmagazine.com

Instinct Magazine
Instinct Magazine

Yagg.com

Yagg.com
Yagg.com

 Gaystarnews.com

Gaystarnews.com
Gaystarnews.com

Risks and challenges

$20,000 is only the initial amount of money we need—with it, and with all of your online love, we will engage private sponsors and apply to different state funds to collect the whole budget. That will be our main challenge. We will do it: we produced our previous feature, We Will Riot, in exactly the same way, and it was a bigger and more complicated production between New York and Vilnius (Lithuania). Finally, if it all goes to pieces and we don’t find enough money, we’ll make the film anyway—compromising our production values, but not our ideas.

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