To kick off, there will be a showcase of four female-directed films in Manchester’s Ducie Street Warehouse’s mini cinema throughout March to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Each of the films have been selected by Steam’s resident DJs - and after the showing, the DJ who selected the showing will play a DJ set inspired by the movie.
"Part of what we love about radio at Steam is the chance to share music and other interests in a personal and contextualised way,” explains station manager Hannah O’Gorman. “With music for example, being shown a song on air by someone who loves it creates a very different listening experience to a faceless algorithm guessing what you might like.
"We want to bring that ethos to Underexposed so each film will feature a short introduction from the woman who selected it, and will be followed by a film inspired DJ set from that woman. So, stick around after for some tunes and chat!"
The idea for the concept arose when Above the Line joined Steam for a soundtrack-inspired residency: and with the approach of International Women’s Day, the concept of celebrating women in the film industry was proposed.
One of Above the Line’s organisers, Rebecca Power, expands: "Underexposed is an in-depth look at the underappreciated creatives in the film industry, celebrating marginalised voices in these communities and bringing new perspectives to the way we perceive the world of cinema."
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The first showing occurred on March 3, showcasing the film ‘Queen & Slim’, with an introduction and DJ set from Mix-Stress. The next - taking place on March 10 - will be showcasing ‘The Fall Of Western Civilisation Part II: The Metal Years’, selected by Fat Britney, who will also provide a DJ set afterwards.
With the screenings being in honour of International Women’s Day, all funds raised are directed towards MASH (Manchester Action on Street Health) - a charity that stands with women involved in sex work and helps them to experience good health, safety and emotional wellbeing. Tickets are £7 and you can grab yours here.
Niamh Ingram is Mixmag’s Weekend Editor, follow her on Twitter