the valtari mystery film experiment

sigur rós have given a dozen filmmakers the same modest budget and asked them to create videos for their new album valtari. the filmmakers have complete creative freedom, the band completely unaware of what to expect. read more

film #7: varðeldur by melika bass

director's comments

a film portrait of an unstable entity in a haunted vessel, drawn into and floating away from a siren song.

melika bass

filmmaker melika bass creates atmospheric tales set in american gothic landscapes inhabited by mysterious, archetypal figures. her enigmatic, snow-globe worlds slowly unfold into half-remembered dreams of entrapment, sanctuary, and escape.

her most recent work, shoals and waking things, captured on 16mm film, premiered at the torino film festival in italy, and at the museum of contemporary art chicago. bass also creates immersive site-specific video installations.

"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, torino film festival).