Long Review in Cineaste Magazine

Creative Quarantine InterviewEsthetic Lens

Cine-file review, 2021 Oberhausen retrospective

Today in the Culture, New City, 2021 Oberhausen retrospective

Artadia Awardee Spotlight: A Dialogue with Melika Bass

Melika Bass named one of 2018 Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM 

Melika Bass named one of New City Chicago’s FILM 50: SCREEN GEMS 2018

Creature Companion garners Special Mention of the 2018 International Jury, Oberhausen Film Festival

Reviews for The Latest Sun is Sinking Fast project – short films & installations

“Secret stories of faith and fear . . . a truly enveloping media experience . . . a sensory haunting.” – The Chicagoist

2015 Fall Film Preview –New City

“One of the most exciting film events happening in Chicago . . . Beautiful, yet vaguely terrifying.” –Time Out Chicago

“By super-imposing image, sound, and story, Bass spawns sensory pleasures which guide viewers around the mesmeric space.” –Gapers Block

#1 Weekend Pick  –Bad at Sports: Contemporary Art

“Time to catch the thriving local experimental-video-art scene”   –Chicago Reader

“Film 50 Follow: Melika Bass in the Modern World”   –New City

“A remarkable group exhibition . . . A rich viewing experience and also a rare one. Bass’s short film focuses unwaveringly . . . intimately projected . . . A fragmentary character study, intense, repetitive and unguarded.”
-Chicago Tribune

“A show about invisible forces in the world. One of the best art gallery shows in Chicago right now.” –Chicago Magazine

“The space is gorgeous, the art solid, challenging, yet accessible. This is a wonderfully odd, powerful, thoughtful show.” –Huffington Post


Filmmaker Interview    -Michael Smith, White City Cinema

Inner and Outer Landscapes: A Conversation with Melika Bass
-Monica Westin, Bad at Sports: Contemporary Art Talk)

Journey through the past (or something like it) with Melika Bass
-Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

Melika Bass on Shoals and Waking Things 
-Matt Fagerholm, Indie Outlook

Conversation with film critic Ben Sachs and filmmaker Lori Felker

on Claire Denis‘s The Intruder and Bastards    -Chicago Reader

filmmaker interview on Shoals    –White City Cinema

filmmaker interview on Shoals MCA exhibition –FNewsmagazine

Best-of Lists

Film 50 2016: Chicago’s Screen Gems  – New City

Best New Video InstallationChicago Reader

“I was fortunate enough in 2014 to catch Melika Bass’s quiet prairie art/horror film Shoals … Her latest film project The Latest Sun is Sinking Fast was one of the most fascinating film experiences of the year, and I can’t wait to see what Bass does next.”
-Jason Hoffman, Medium

“No Imax 3D presentation could be as fully immersive as Chicago artist Melika Bass’ haunting, multi-screen installation at the Hyde Park Art Center. An oblique, troubling narrative takes shape as you watch each of the separate films.”
-The Chicagoist

Film 50 2014: Chicago’s Screen Gems” –New City

Press for Sigur Ros film VARÐELDUR

Review and interviewConnecticut Post

Q & A video with Valtari filmmakers, BFI London Film Festival

Press for installation SLIDER

“Top 5 art shows to see now” –New City Chicago

“Recommended! Perhaps more anticipated is the premiere of filmmaker Melika Bass’s new video installation, Slider.” –Time Out Chicago

Press for installation NOCTURAMA

Critics’ Pick –Time Out Chicago

Art Critic’s ChoiceChicago Reader

“The videos’ quiet tone and their unusual setting creates a mood like that of a musical nocturne: meditative, gloomy and haunted by the shadows of half-formed dreams.” –Time Out Chicago

RedEye review

The Chicagoist review

Press for film WAKING THINGS

“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].” –Roberto Manassero

Waking Things [creates] cyclical time dilated to the maximum . . . loaded with details of Nature as memento mori, reminding us of the transience of this and of life itself.” –Sentieri Selvaggi, Italy

“Filmmaker Melika Bass . . . one of the most promising emergent practitioners in Chicago right now.” –Chicago Tribune

Press for film and installation SHOALS

“[A] strangely compelling—almost mesmerizing—work . . . like Malick meets David Lynch, if you want a comparison, but in a deeper sense, Shoals is pretty much its own beast …” -Mountain Xpress

“A lulling, singular peculiarity . . .” -Chicago Tribune

“Moving from shorts to longer works, Chicago filmmaker Melika Bass is establishing a distinctive style: shooting on 16mm color film, she casts arresting figures who do opaque errands in lyrical landscapes . . . Bass mystifies the work of these plain folk with her own filmic magic. “- Chicago Sun-Times