Experimental Film Prize
Athens International Film Festival
Featured in "180 Essential Films by Female Directors"
by Matt Fagerholm, film critic for Rogerebert.com and Indie-Outlook
UBS 12x12 solo exhibition
New Artists/New Work
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Watch full-length film on Fandor -- fandor.com/films/shoals
A slow-burning 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. Featuring Carolina Gonzalez, Emily Irvine, Chris Sullivan and Kayla Wroblewski.
Written, Directed, Edited by Melika Bass, 16mm film to HD, 2011
"A fever dream of a vivid natural landscape…
affecting for its hushed soundtrack and low-grain photography." (JR Jones, CHICAGO READER)
"A strangely compelling—almost mesmerizing—work... like Malick meets David Lynch, if you want a comparison, but in a deeper sense, Shoals is its own beast."
"A lulling, singular peculiarity." (Michael Phillips, CHICAGO TRIBUNE)