TWO FILMS BY MELIKA BASS: Double Feature! Free for Everyone!
|Wednesday, March 21|
Stay for a Q&A after the screening with the filmmaker!
“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 revelations of [the Torino Film Festival].” -Roberto Manssero, Torino Film Festival
A prairie grotesque. On the grounds of a rural sanitarium, three young women search for wellness,
as a cult leader seeks to control their bodies through labor and daily rituals.
52 min, shot in 16mm
“A lulling, singular peculiarity…” -Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
In a house in a primeval wood, a mysterious, misfit family prepares a seasonal feast for a visiting party of outlanders. As they shuffle through ritualistic preparations, shadows reveal each creature — one menacing, one wounded, and one worn, stewards of an old tradition, blood for blood.
34 min, shot in 16mm
“Characters announced in exquisite typeface…scurry along paths, dart through doorways and sleep upright. Bass mystifies the work of these plain folk with her own filmic magic.” -Chicago Sun-Times
More information: http://www.tenderarchive.com/waking.htm
Named “one of the most promising emergent practitioners in Chicago” by the Chicago Tribune, Melika Bass is the recipient of an Artadia Award, a Media Arts Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council, and the Kodak/Filmcraft Imaging Award for Best Cinematography from the 2010 Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Her film work has been screened and exhibited in cinemas and art spaces worldwide, among them the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (solo exhibition, February 2011); Torino Film Festival, Italy; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; Northwest Film Center; Segal Center for the Performing Arts, Montreal; Hamburg International Film Festival, Germany; and the Split Festival of New Film, Croatia.
Bass hails from North Carolina and Virginia and teaches in the Department of Film, Video, and New Media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.