Melika Bass is a moving image artist who makes abstracted atmospheric film worlds, as well as immersive site-specific installations, often captured on 16mm celluloid, and featuring intricate, visceral soundscapes.
The 2021 International Film Festival Oberhausen in Germany showcased 2 programs of short films by Melika Bass in a retrospective profile. Bass was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film 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, the Kodak/Filmcraft Imaging Award from the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and a International Jury Special Mention from the Oberhausen Film Festival. Bass was 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 (retrospective). Her work has been reviewed in Cineaste Magazine, Filmmaker Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Art Daily, Rolling Stone Italy, Pitchfork, and Criterion.
Currently, Bass is at work on The Latest Sun is Sinking Fast, her first feature film.