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"American filmmaker Melika Bass...author of a unique cinema of atmosphere and historical reminiscences...one of the revelations of the Torino Film Festival."
-Roberto Manassero, Torino Film Festival


Melika Bass makes slow-burning, abstracted narrative films and immersive installations.

International screenings and exhibitions include: BFI London Film Festival; Kino der Kunst, Munich; Torino Film Festival, Italy; CPH Dox Film Festival, Copenhagen; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; New Museum, New York, and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Bass is a recipient of an Artadia Award, an Experimental Film Prize from the Athens International Film Festival, a Kodak/Filmcraft Award from Ann Arbor Film Festival, and two Media Arts Fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council.

She was a 2017 Fellow at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, and a 2013 Pick-Laudati Artist in Residence at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern University. 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.

She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

mb [at] tenderarchive [dot] com


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