13 Chambers

Seattle, Washington | Film Feature

Horror, Experimental

Brad Wilke

1 Campaigns | Washington, United States

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Spark the production of new work from a group of 13 female artists! With a unique set of 13 constraints, artists from a wide spectrum of disciplines will create short films exploring the uncanny, the supernatural, and the sublime within the site-specific environment of an abandoned Seattle building.

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The Story

This project came together when we discovered a cavernous abandoned school building in the heart of one of Seattle's most tech-driven neighborhoods - South Lake Union. Realizing it was slated for demolition in a few short weeks, we wanted to do something special to help send it on its way. After some brainstorming, Smarthouse Creative and AKTIONSART teamed up to produce an anthology film featuring 13 segments directed by 13 female filmmakers within the boundaries of 13 creative (and practical) constraints.

Thus, 13 CHAMBERS.

With the building itself playing a central role, we decided to explore themes of the uncanny, the supernatural, and the sublime within the following 13 constraints as outlined for our creative collaborators:

  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.

With the clock ticking and demolition looming on the horizon, 13 CHAMBERS awaits us. We'll see you on the other side...


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G-Technology G|Drive ev RaW (1TB) [6 total]

Costs $774

Each filmmaker will receive a hard drive to safeguard their footage and allow for efficient (and secure) delivery of their final short film.

Empower a Filmmaker

Costs $6,500

Fund this wishlist item and you'll provide the entire budget for a single filmmaker to create their 13 CHAMBERS short film. [13 available]

Post Production Workflow & Delivery

Costs $2,726

This will cover assembly, mastering, and delivery of the complete 13 CHAMBERS anthology for distribution and sale.

About This Team

Our team consists of the following members:

Ryan Davis

Ryan Davis (@indieartsvoice) is a film publicist and communications professional with ten years experience in film and arts marketing. She has worked in almost every aspect of the film business--from production and festivals to distribution, exhibition and DVD sales, and has placed stories in outlets ranging from CNN and The New York Times, to community newspapers and local radio.

She has worked for a variety of nonprofit arts groups and organizations, including heading the marketing departments for Northwest Film Forum and Northwest Folklife, and has been assistant director of Couch Fest Films since 2010. Ryan was on the jury for the International Documentary Challenge for 2012-3, and is currently a juror for the 2015 Seattle Shorts Festival.


Julia Fryett

Julia Fryett (@AKTIONSART) is a curator and cultural entrepreneur focused on art, film and technology. Based in Seattle, she works to cultivate engaged communities who think creatively and critically about technology and digital culture. She fuses the arts, emerging technologies and entrepreneurial business methodologies to develop visionary projects that drive social innovation.

Julia received a BA in Literature, a BA in Public Policy Studies and Music Minor from Duke University. More recently, she completed an MA in Film Curating from the London Consortium – a unique collaboration between London Film School, University of London, Tate, ICA and the Architectural Association. She received a certificate in Transmedia Production fromTransformatLab and wrote her dissertation on multi-platform exhibition design.


J. Brad Wilke

Brad Wilke (@jbwilke) is an award-winning filmmaker, produced feature-length screenwriter, and film programmer for the Seattle International Film Festival. Brad holds an MBA from the University of Washington's Foster School of Business, as well as a Master of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington's Department of Communication.  

Brad designs and executes digital and social media strategies for films and filmmakers, as well as film festivals and brands. Brad is also the founder of the tech-driven nonprofit, Flash Volunteer, and an adjunct faculty member at Seattle's Antioch University, where he teaches a digital marketing course.

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