Rigor Samsa Series - The Bastette Group

Los Angeles, California | Series

Music, Experimental

Megan Spatz

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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The Bastette Group, a group of female artists, designers, directors, producers, cinematographers, & choreographers, are creating a series of 10 music videos, illustrating the music created over the last 2 years by artist "Perilune". We are seeking funding to help get us through post production.

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Mission Statement

The Bastette Group was founded by Megan Spatz, with the goal to provide opportunity for women to hone, explore and share the skills of their craft fueled by a shared creative goal. Women of all ages, shapes, nationalities, and walks of life are part of this collective- we are an open door!

The Story

Rigor Samsa is the first project for the Bastette Group, a group of female artists, designers, directors, producers, cinematographers, choreographers, and most importantly collaborators.


The Bastette Group was founded by Megan Spatz, with the goal to provide opportunity for creative women to explore themes, topics, techniques of their craft that could be focused around a shared creative goal.

Rigor Samsa is the first collaboration of the team. A collection of ten music videos, using the music from artist "Perilune".

The music videos are strung together with a loose narrative, and are being shot over the summer.

The concept for the narrative of the series, and for each music video, was created between all the collaborators during the first few months of the year. Everyone weighed in and had a voice in the story we wanted to tell, and how we wanted to tell it. Now that we are in production, each video is made with a different team working on it, with people switching roles from director to production designer, from wardrobe to dancer, etc. Each member of this team will become more well-rounded in skill as we mentor each other and alternate roles.

Each video is thoroughly concepted, and throughout the series we are using traditional and experimental camera techniques, projections, underwater photography, stop motion, experimental choreography, etc.

Here is the meaning of the title of the project which guides the overall theme:

We have worked very hard to plan and budget out the creation of this series. We have completely self-funded the endeavor this far and stretched our budget as far as we can by calling in favors, working with amazing local businesses who have been supportive to us with discounts etc, and most of all we've been so grateful to our collective for donating their time and talent to bring this series to life. We have partnered with the Szalt Dance Company to bring this series to life, and they are a very worthwhile expense that we grapple with on this project. Another is the looming remainder of post production that will exist when filming wraps by end of Summer. 


Please take a look at our first release of the project, Silhouette.


Be sure to check out our amazing custom-designed incentives for donating! See some of them here:

Rigor Samsa Album Art


Rigor Samsa Postcard Print


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Cash Pledge

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Costs $4,000

With each shoot we rent camera equipment, dollies, lights, C-stands etc. Cypher Blue has been so kind in this process & we are so grateful!

Editing & Coloring

Costs $2,000

We must pay our editor to assemble and color our footage after every shoot. It is tedious, laborious work that we must compensate for.

Szalt Dancers

Costs $2,000

We must pay for practice time and also hourly for the work these talented dancers do on every video.

Locations, sets and props

Costs $1,000

We are being extremely thrifty but this project involves many dreamy scenarios where we are custom building props and transforming spaces.


Costs $500

Over the course of 10 videos we'll be showing many stages of grief, love and reinvention and part of how we'll do that is through costume.


Costs $500

Everyone knows that morale on set comes from food! We have worked hard to keep our shoot days concise but we still have to feed our troops.

About This Team

Megan Spatz is the founder of the Bastette Group and works as a multidisciplinary artist.

As a costume designer, Megan Spatz is currently represented by the Gersh Agency. She has designed many feature films, most notably the Sundance premiering films Southside with You and Unexpected and the Tribeca premiering, Saturday Church. You can see her upcoming work in the A24 film, Slice, premiering in theatres nationally in 2018.

Megan is a winner of the Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer award at the Opera America Conference. In addition to her filmmaking career she also works as an installation artist and photographer, with work that has been displayed in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Houston, and NYC.

She is also an active Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program. Please look to her website www.meganspatz.com for examples of her work!


Rachael Garcia is a producer for Rigor Samsa. She’s a native of Los Angeles and attends USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. She has written, directed and produced several short films, which have gained recognition in multiple competitions and film festivals. She has a professional background working with talent and literary agencies and recently assisted the producer for Disney’s upcoming feature “Magic Camp.” She also works with non-profits, including the Hollywood Fringe Festival and Mobil Film Classroom. She is excited to be working with such a positive team of talented women for this project.

Megan Mantia is a documentary photographer, producer and art director that dedicates her time to bringing art projects, films and exhibitions to life while simultaneously capturing the behind-the-scenes process for her clients. She is a 2006 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, alumna of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Internship Program, and works annually in the press office at the Sundance Film Festival. She has produced projects for Grand Arts, Peres Projects, The Hole Gallery, PS1, and the Smart Museum. See her work here:  http://meganmantia.weebly.com


Born and bred in Las Vegas, NV, Stephanie Zaletel holds a BFA in Dance Performance/Choreography from the California Institute of the Arts. Zaletel has performed for renowned choreographers ranging among Barak Marshall, Colin Connor (Artistic Director - Limon Dance Company), and in Danielle Agami’s Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY. Zaletel worked closely with Agami as the company’s rehearsal director from 2013-2014. Zaletel has presented her own creative work at Velocity Dance Center (Seattle, WA), Center for Contemporary Arts + Santa Fe Railyard (Santa Fe, NM) REDCAT, The Hammer Museum, ACE Hotel, LAPP's LAX Festival, Current LA's Public Art Biennial, and was a Finalist in the 2015 McCallum Theater Choreography Competition. Her choreography has also been featured in music videos for recording artists, Jofridur, clipping., and Maxi Wild, in collaboration with directors Samantha Shay and Patrick Kennelly. Zaletel is a dance educator at AMDA LA, and has led master classes at LMU, Cornish College of the Arts, and Las Vegas Academy. She has also led improvisational movement classes for children with Down Syndrome. She was the 2016 MorYork Gallery Artist in Residence and is an active member of the Pieter Performance Space Council.
Zaletel is the founding artistic director of szalt (dance co.) in Los Angeles - tackling subjects of the feminine experience, body memory (specifically as it pertains to trauma), and dream logic while creating and facilitating highly collaborative, site-sensitive, and socially fluent dance performance and practice. Her choreographic work with szalt has been called "stunning - a beautiful meeting of artists' visions and mesmerizing performances" (SeeDance) For more information please visit szaltdances.org.

Rose Fadem Johnston's award-winning cinematography has been showcased in festivals including: Chicago IFF, Toronto, Riff (Rome), Montreal, Italian Contemporary, WorldCon, and Champs Elysse, among others. She's a member of the ICFC and part-time faculty at AFI.

Rose completed a masters in cinematography from the world-renowned American Film Institute (AFI) in 2013. She received her undergraduate degree in Cinematography from UCLA TFT with a minor in political science and international development. She has lived and worked in both Guatemala and Kenya. She grew up in Berkeley CA where she was a trapeze performer and instructor for many years- before deciding she’d move on to a whole new circus and entered the film industry. Her website http://www.rfjcinematography.com has many examples of her work!

Eloise Ayala is a production designer and artist. After studying fine art at the Academy of Art in San Francisco with a focus on technical drawing and illustration, she became interested in theater and theater history and studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, later focusing on Shakespeare and American theater. Production design has taken all the best qualities of her fine art, illustration and theatrical studies and made it into something you can walk into and touch.
She has designed for Starburns ind, Skybound, Warner Brothers, Lifetime and Investigation Discovery. Her work has been featured on HBO, Cannes, Slamdance, SXSW and in theatrical releases in Los Angeles and the west coast.  www.eloiseayala.com


Brooke Mulkins is an actor and filmmaker from the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Since landing in LA, she has been diligently working as an actor and costume designer on various feature films, commercials, and web content. She looks forward to spending the rest of her days creating movie magic. 


Creative director, choreographer, photographer Sarah Prinz focuses her work in the convergence of contemporary dance and narrative storytelling. Her foundational philosophy of art-making is inspired by gender fluidity, feminism and psychology.

She is the Curator and Festival Director for Chicago’s International Dance Film Festival In/Motion, creating a platform for interdisciplinary collaborations as a driver for social change, dance as a means of movement therapy for adaptive populations, and grass-root connections as encouragement for the importance of sustainable artistry.  She received a B.A. in Film and Digital Media Production and a Dance Minor from Loyola University of Chicago in 2015 studying the convergence of the two mediums and was awarded the Presidential Scholarship, Provost Fellowship, Outstanding Dance Minor, Best Media Production, Outstanding Undergraduate Student Research, and School of Communication Scholarship.


Born in 1988. Raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Jenny Baumert is a Cinematographer/Photographer specializing in the underwater world.



Amanda Griffin is an editor based in Los Angeles, working primarily in narrative and documentary features.



Hillary Spera is an experienced cinematorgrapher with work spanning many genres and formats. Take a look at her website and let it speak for itself! http://hillaryspera.com


Leone Reeves is a recent transplant from Kansas City living in Los Angeles. Her artistic work spans multiple mediums.


Cailan Calandro is a costume designer and director working in Los Angeles


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