NEVERMORE is a short dance film created as a part of the series 13 Chambers: a site-specific anthology film commissioned by Aktionsart and Smarthouse Creative, inviting 13 women directors to explore the uncanny, supernatural and sublime in a 1918 dilapidated print shop in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.

We had just under a week to put everything together. I’ve always wanted to work with dancers on a film project, and thought this would be a perfect opportunity. Nevermore is based off of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven. 

Illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven by Edouard Manet 1875 5

“Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, 

dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before”

Old Print Shop, 1918
Old Print Shop, 1918


Cast and Crew

DIRECTOR | Gisella Bustillos 

CINEMATOGRAPHER | Andrea Stuart-LeHalle




DANCERS |  The Sirens of Serpentine




  1. You must be female.
  2. You must be living in the Pacific Northwest.
  3. Your film can be about anything, as long as it involves the uncanny, the supernatural, or the sublime as its central subject.
  4. Your film must be shot within the confines of your designated space at 201 Westlake Ave N., an abandoned school building which will be demolished at the end of October.
  5. Your film must involve one of the following elements: dialogue, performance, music, dance, etc.
  6. Any special effects must be in-camera or practical (i.e. no CGI).
  7. The title of your film must be a single word (in any language).
  8. Your film must be four to eight minutes in length.
  9. You will be provided a budget of $500 (raised via a 7-day crowdfunding on Seed&Spark).
  10. You will be provided with a lighting kit, camera, and sound gear, though you should feel free to use your own equipment, if desired.
  11. You must complete principal photography on your segment between Thursday, October 15 and Sunday, October 18, 2015.
  12. You must deliver your completed film by December 31, 2015.
  13. You help to the best of your abilities to raise money by promoting the Seed&Spark campaign through your social and personal networks.