Ped Mall -Scene 1 Wed, Mar 13, 2019 6:30 PM
Series Info
Series:Women's March
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:60 minutes
Year Released:Various
Production Country:Various


Ticket holders, join us in the FilmScene lobby before the show at
5:30pm for a complimentary wine tasting with CRU9 Wine!

"The solo voices and instrumentals are marvelous but when they link arms, it's magic."
- The Gazette

Join FilmScene and the Awful Purdies for a night of music and silent films from pioneering female filmmakers! Accompanying a program of some of the earliest silent films made by female directors, the Awful Purdies will perform band favorites as well as original new music live in front of our big screen. 

Iowa City's own Awful Purdies are an eclectic quintet of female multi-instrumentalists who take turns stepping up as songwriter and lead singer. The ensemble "purdifies" each song they meet, filling in sweet harmonies as they let the song lead the way. While on song might require channeling the Andrews Sisters or Gillian Welch, another song might reach out to rock-a-billy or Motown sensibility. With "The Katies" (Katie Senn on cello and Katie Roche on accordion) laying down each song's base, their songs sound full and orchestrated, while Nicole Upchurch's banjo, Marcy Rosenbaum's mandolin and Sarah Driscoll's guitar skillfully root Awful Purdies in the modern folk genre. Over a decade, three albums, numerous compilations, a major grant from the Iowa Arts Council, and many film and television placements later Awful Purdies hope to continue to share the music they make together for a lifetime. Learn more about the Awful Purdies here.  

Awful Purdies have selected an hour-long program of daring, innovative, and trailblazing films from the likes of Alice Guy Blaché, Lois Weber and other filmmakers of the era—the women who helped shape the language of cinema as we know it a century ago, before the Hollywood boys' club became entrenched. The selected films have been lovingly restored in 2k and 4k by Kino Lorber and the Library of Congress.