Before I get sideway glances for touting another Seed & Spark project, let me just say that Rebekah Fieschi ‘s latest project, Sylphvania Grove, has already surpassed 169% of its goal. Of course, more followers would be great (more followers = more benefits unlocked for the project) — but that’s not the purpose of my blog post this week. My purpose is to introduce you Rebekah because she has the ability to change the way we see things, as well as the things we see. I have no doubt she will do both.
Rebekah is an advocate of fair gender representation in filmmaking. In fact, let me let her tell you in her own words:
“I do not want to be a female filmmaker, I just want to be a filmmaker but I have been thrust into a world in which women are not fairly represented so I’m proud to give nuanced voices to female characters and to be part of the group seeking to transform the industry.” — Rebekah Fieschi
WHO IS REBEKAH FIESCHI?
Rebekah Fieschi is a New York based writer/director from a tiny island in the south of France who makes peculiar fantasy and gothic horror films through her company Horromance Productions. Her most recent short, Mauvaises Têtes, is an award-winning reinvention of classic Hollywood horror films such as Frankenstein which was well received in film festivals around the world. Her focus is to bring more entertaining, yet layered, character driven gothic horror and fantasy films to the screen. Her career as a storyteller began as a small child, making up elaborate tales to tell her family and friends. This natural talent for make-believe and keen visual imagination, had by age eleven, led her to decide on a directing career. After studying filmmaking in Paris, Rebekah moved to New York in 2010. Equally important, as I mentioned at the outset, she is also an advocate of fair gender representation in cinema.
In Sylphvania Grove, five of the six characters are female, including the ten-year-old lead, Mycena. Rebekah and her team want to help empower young girls and contribute to fair gender representation on screen, especially in the fantasy genre. Their writer/director and much of the crew are also women.
I will be blogging about that podcast next.