Devendra Obi Banhart (born May 30, 1981) is a Venezuelan American singer-songwriter and visual artist. Banhart was born in Houston, Texas and was raised by his mother in Venezuela, until he moved to California as a teenager. He began to study at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1998, but dropped out to perform music in Europe, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Banhart released his debut album in 2002, continuing to record his material on the Young God and XL labels, as well as other work on compilations and collaborations.
Starring Jodie Smith as Hildegard and Joel Virgil as the head priest
Written by Director Isaiah Seret & Devendra Banhart
Director – Isaiah Seret
Cinematographer – Wyatt Troll
Production Designer – Adam Willis
Costumes – Mindy Le Brock
Choreography – Jasmine Albuquerque and Kristen Leahy,
Visual Effects & Post – Andy Barrios at A52
Titles by OSK Studio
Editor – Damion Clayton at Rock Paper Scissors.
Produced by Prettybird – Candice Ouaknine, executive producer and Anne Johnson, producer
Banhart’s music is often associated with the New Weird America genre, along with Vetiver and Joanna Newsom. The New York Times has called his songs “free associative work” and SPIN magazine has written that “Banhart’s albums offer ashram-appropriate guitar strums, trippy-hippie tone poetry.” Various publications have described his style as psych folk, avant-folk, freak folk, Lo-Fi, hipster folk revival, and alternative folk.