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Birds Eye View is an organisation that supports and promotes women’s filmmakers. You may have heard recently that they had their funding cut, curtailing their annual festival but as part of the International Women’s Day (8th March) celebrations this year, they’re holding a night where contemporary female musicians soundtrack the films of silent screen legend Mary Pickford.

Included on the bill is the wondrous Anna Meredith performing a live score for The New York Hat (1912). Regular svelte readers and listeners will know how much I love Meredith’s contemporary classical and her more ‘pop’ work. I last saw her at the Shhh! festival where she played up a (loud) storm. She’ll sound even more amazing with a decent soundsystem to support.

You can have a listen to most recent EP, just here:

BEV have been doing this type of programme since 2005. Click on the YouTube clip below to hear some of the participants discuss the 2009 programme.

In addition to the programme above, on the 11th March at the Hackney Picturehouse, Aristazabal Hawkes (of The Guillemots) will be performing a live score to Pickford’s 1926 film Sparrows.

For more information on both events, click here.