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AFRAID tells the story of Anna, a young 20-something coffee shop manager, as she closes up for the night and heads to her car in a nearby parking garage. Will Anna make it? Or will her worst fears become reality?


AFRAID gives viewers a real life glimpse into the anxieties women face everyday. Anxieties that aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. In AFRAID, Anna’s anxieties are personified as a hooded figure to show what she is dealing with mentally. For Anna, her anxieties are as real as the hooded figure. In the end, viewers are left wondering…was there someone in Anna’s car? Or was it all in her head?” – Lisbet Byler & Grace Wagner



Lead Actress | Ashley Mellinger

Hooded Figure | Seth Bortner

Group of Guys | Ben Enck, Lee Atkins, Andrew Porter, Zach Miller


Directors | Lisbet Byler & Grace Wagner

Writers | Lisbet Byler & Grace Wagner

Producers | Lisbet Byler & Grace Wagner

Executive Producer | Derek Dienner

Director of Photography | Steve Buckwalter

Assistant Camera | Sebastian Nieves

Boom Operator | Ben Bodnar

Editor & Sound Designer | Aaron Dienner

Assistant Editor | Jordan K. Graff

VFX | Allen Clements

Make-up Artist | Kayla Fetterolf

Production Assistant | Jacque Byler

Behind the Scenes Photographer | Sam Interrante

Accountant | Ashley Dienner


First-time directors, Lisbet Byler and Grace Wagner, reside in Lancaster, PA where they work for MAKE/FILMS, a film company producing commercial and original content. At MAKE/, Grace works as Coordinating Producer and Lisbet as Studio & Marketing Manager. The two bonded over their shared love of true crime podcasts and dogs (dachshunds in particular). Lisbet and Grace hope to continue to make films that impact, inspire, and captivate audiences.

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Official selection in the 2019 Red Rose Film Festival.

Official selection in the 2019 ReadingFilmFEST.

Winner of Best Film at the 2020 Under Five Minute Film Festival. Watch the audience’s feedback here.

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