Vox Humana, Latin for “human voice,” is a surreal and visceral voyage through a dreamlike landscape, harking back to a distant Los Angeles past. Starring Jenny Lewis, with a special cameo appearance by legendary avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger, the film was directed by Griffin for designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of RODARTE, featuring their works for the first time on screen. A contradictory yet inescapable interplay between sunlight and darkness of their Californian settings, the images are orchestrated around disquieting presences and inscrutable looks. Accompanied by the Mulleavy sisters’ grandmother Italia Rodarte’s haunting voice, the music adds to the film’s supernatural atmosphere.
Commissioned by SHOWSTUDIO for its Future Tense project, Vox Humana was featured as part of Diane Pernet’s A SHADED VIEW ON FASHION FILM FESTIVAL and showcased at SHOWstudio’s FASHION REVOLUTION exhibition at London’s Somerset House in 2009. Vox Humana went on to be the first film to launch ITALIAN VOGUE’S new website in February of 2010.
Featuring KENNETH ANGER and JENNY LEWIS
Executive Producers GRIFFIN and RODARTE
Associate Producers RYAN MCGUIRE at CUTTERS and CRIMESOUND
Director of Photography MORGAN SUSSER
Editor JOSHUA FERRAZZANO
Color Correction SEAN COLEMAN at COMPANY 3
Special Thanks BRIAN PHILLIPS at BLACK FRAME