Melika Bass’s films and immersive installations weave atmospheric, abstracted narratives that slip between hyper-reality and historical fantasy.
Bass was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film“ in 2018. Other awards include 3 Media Art Grants from the Illinois Arts Council, an Artadia Award (NYC), an Experimental Film Prize from the Athens International Film Festival and the the Kodak/Filmcraft Imaging Award from the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Bass was also a 2021 USA Artist Nominee in Film.
Screenings and exhibitions include the BAMcinemaFest, New York; BFI London Film Festival; Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (solo exhibition); Torino Film Festival, Italy; Kino der Kunst, Munich; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Los Angeles Film Forum; CPH Dox Festival, Denmark; and International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany (solo showcase).
Her work has been profiled and reviewed in Cineaste Magazine, Filmmaker Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Art Daily, Rolling Stone Italy, Pitchfork, and Criterion.
(Updated in 2022)