Private Project

The Human Voice

She's alone in her huge, empty house. Just a dog. His dog. And the remains of what once was. Her lover of five years has left her. Only few of his things are left behind. When he calls her to arange for someone to pick up his last suitcase, she holds on to this last conversation as if her life depends on it. She won't accept the outcome. Something needs to be done. Based on a play by Jean Cocteau, adapted and directed by Luis Fernandez and captured entirely on mobile devices live with an audience of 100 people. Shot during the pandemic. Performers and audience members from their own homes via Zoom.

  • Luis Fernandez
  • Jean Cocteau
  • Mimi Lazo
  • Carlota Sosa
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    La Voz Humana
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    drama, Thriller
  • Runtime:
    58 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 14, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Spain, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Director Biography - Luis Fernandez

Director (2005 – present).
Director for the stage with over a dozen credits including the Broadway drama “HIGH” produced in South America (longest running drama in Venezuela’s theater history, showcased as one of the top 10 shows of the largest international theater festival in the world, the “International Theater Festival of Bogota” (Bogota, 2012). Chicago, the musical (Caracas, 2013). Spring Awakening, the musical (Caracas, 2015).
Direction for film and television includes his thesis project for the NYFA, the film “Blue Sky” (Cartagena International Film Festival Official Selection, Colombia, 2009. Lucania International Film Festival Official Selection. Italy, 2009. Hollyshorts Film Festival Official Selection. Hollywood, 2009). The pilot of the series “The Sex Sense” (El Sexo Sentido) (also writer and associate producer). Mr. Fernandez developed during the pandemic a series of Cinema-Theater experiences created for Zoom and captures entirely in mobile devices for streaming.

A best-selling author in Latin America, his titles include the series of essays “El Sexo Sentido” (The Sex Sense I, II & III) and the novel “La Cruenta Venganaza del Hombre que Todos Querían Ser” (The gruesome revenge of the man everybody wanted to be).

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Director Statement

For over a year, we workshopped with male, female and non-binary writers, artists and performers, the concept of “abandonment”. How do we process and react to the loss of a lover? This set the grounds to adapt Jean Cocteau’s classic play “The Human Voice” and we created a virtual experience we broadcasted via Zoom for an audience of 100 people. The live experience was captured in Caracas, Venezuela and Madrid, Spain. Our goal was to explore a mix of formats, audiovisual, live theater and performing arts, to create something we could share during the pandemic. The result was an intense, personal, invasive and emotional experience that connected the performers from their own homes to audiences in theirs in 19 cities around the world. This is something we continue to research and explore. A very exciting , intimate and unique way of creating and connecting.