The Woman From Uruguay and 2,000 of her closest friends
In an era where cultural production has lost its impulse to rage against the machine, it can often feel as though our ease and access to a limitless scroll of ‘content’ has transformed the role of the artist into a recycler rather an inventor, an imitator rather than a creator. That said, not all hope is lost.
Amidst the mood-boards and user-engagement statistics, there are a few creatives attempting to revitalise the arts and to forge a new path within an otherwise bleak, techno-dystopian landscape.
Hernan Casciari founded Orsai Films in 2020 in an attempt to start a grassroots, decentralised production company that doesn’t capitulate to the whims of Big Hollywood. The end result, a film titled The Woman From Uruguay will be screened at Palace Cinemas Byron Bay as one of the first entirely crowd-funded films to be shot where every ‘donor’ became a ‘shareholder,’ every ‘shareholder’ became a ‘producer’ and every ‘producer’ has had an equal vote in all decisions related to the film’s creation — from the casting of lead characters to distribution.
Famously, The Woman From Uruguay’s IMDB page has 2,000 associate producers listed. Above all, it’s an opportunity to witness the fruits of a revolutionary filmmaking practice for yourself.