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Sylphvania Grove – A Young Girl Finds Her Courage in a Magical World

Sylphvania Grove – A Young Girl Finds Her Courage in a Magical World

A troubled girl follows a magical being into the woods where her fears take on fantastic forms.


Mycena doesn’t fit in at school and her parents are never home, she finds refuge only in her books and fantasy stories, pushing away her caring babysitter, Kim. Once night has fallen and all the lights in the house are shut off, Mycena secretly sneaks under the blankets and begins to read again. A magical being pops out of her book, it beckons her to follow it into the woods where she will have to confront her fears to make a fantastic discovery.


From Writer and Director Rebekah Fieschi

Sylphvania Grove was born from a passion for the fantasy genre, a cruel lack of adventurous heroines to identify with during my childhood, and a burning desire to show that you can be quiet and still be a hero.

The tarnished reputation of fantasy and the lack of layered, character driven, original fantasy films made me want to remind audiences that rich, vibrant worlds and relatable characters can still make an exciting piece of entertainment and does not need to be cheesy or childish. I’m fascinated by the masks most of us wear to protect ourselves from the world and the way this hiding our true selves to to fit in can later to identity crises. With Sylphvania Grove, I wanted to explore the hardship of not wearing a mask and the journey to self discovery that comes with it. I chose a introverted, outcast and bookish type of character to illustrate how great this challenge can be and that the most unlikely person can be the most courageous. The use of fantasy allowed me to create exciting characters, use symbolism for a more visual style of storytelling, and tell a story that can be interpreted on different levels.


Cast and Crew

Mycena – Maxine Wanderer

Kim – Charlie Gillette

Dotoira – Meaghan Bloom Fluitt

Mother – Jessica Baird

Father – Al Pagano

Wolf Girl – Samarah Conley


Written, Produced and Directed By Rebekah Fieschi


Co-Producer – Adam Harvanek

Executive Producers – Pierre-Paul Fieschi, Stephen Lester

Associate Producers – Thomas Barrier, Julie Chessman, Daniel Fieschi, Dippen Zinzuvadia

Director of Photography – Carlos Garcia De Dios

Composer – Zak Millman

Assistant Director – Ashley Vanderwaren

Editor – Andrew V. Kaham

Costume Designer – Joann Cowley

Production Designer – A. Wilcox

Art Department Assistant/Illustrator – Renée Heitman

Poster Artist – Katarzyna Kowalska

Special Effects Make-Up Artist – Ricky Vitus

Visual Effects Artist – David Gechman

Colorist – Jared Melman

Sound Recordist – Juan Pablo Tramujas

Sound Design – Jordan Fehr

Score Orchestrator – Jordan Cox

Score Recordist & Mixer – Shaun Chasin

Violin – Emily Lenck

Cello – Ro Rowan

Key Hair & Make-Up Artist – José André Sibaja

Lifecast Assistants – Mitchell Domer, Raven LaFontant

Camera Assistants – Nada Stjepanović, Jonathan Clarke

Gaffer – Collin Chiucchini

Key Grip – Jesus Sanchez

Grips – Angel Rodriguez, Dan Rodriguez

About The Author


Andrew H. was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, which he moved away from the first day he was allowed to in the hopes that he could leave behind a life of incredibly petty crime. Most of his immediate family has worked in the film industry since the 1930's, a career path he swore he would avoid at all costs. Having exactly as much willpower as a small goat he became involved in the film industry shortly after his 32nd birthday. In the following years since he has worked on both feature and short films. He has now written and directed two short films with his wife and filmmaking partner, Kynda Laufmann, with whom he has two sons. He has worked as director of photography, editor, sound department, writer, and director on several other short films and feature films. Andrew has even been wrangled into acting on three separate occasions, despite his desperate begging to do literally any other job on those films. Andrew’s passion and focus lie in making independent horror films, convincing people that hot drinks are rubbish, and owning all of the comic books.

1 Comment

  1. Christy Stevens

    I’d really like to see this one! YAY FANTASY!


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