Melika Bass

photo by Ray PrideMelika Bass is an American filmmaker who creates slow-burning, abstracted narrative films and atmospheric, experiential installations. International screenings and exhibitions include such festivals and venues as the BFI London Film Festival; Kino der Kunst, Munich; Torino Film Festival, Italy; CPH Dox Film Festival, Copenhagen; the Ann Arbor Film Festival; the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the New Museum, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, among others.

Bass is a recipient of an Artadia Award, an Experimental Film Prize from the Athens International Film Festival, a Kodak/Filmcraft Award from the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and two Media Arts Fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council. Bass was one of a dozen international filmmakers commissioned by Icelandic band Sigur Ros to create an original film for their Valtari Mystery Film Experiment

The Torino Film Festival wrote: “American filmmaker Melika Bass. . . an amazing talent yet to be discovered in Europe, author of a unique cinema of atmosphere and historical reminiscences. . .one of the possible revelations of the Torino Film Festival."

Bass lives and works in Chicago, and was recently named one of the city’s “Film 50for the third time, by New City Magazine.

[bio courtesy of the filmmaker]

[photo by Ray Pride]


Recent Reviews


not worth the film esxpense


Beautiful work of cinema. This film was painted with sound design as much as it was with visuals—poetically and abstractly.


Not worth sitting through. Fuzzy, grainy, amateurish photography with an equally poor soundtrack. Combined with little to no plot or character development, the film at the outset is just a...


Dreamlike story of three young women confined to a sanatorium or cult.  Featuring gorgeous cinematography, this is a haunting, unusual film whose images will surprise and disturb you right up...


Nothing of any value - no character analysis, no plot, nothing to explain what is goin on. A total waste of time.