Temple University professor LeAnn Erickson had the Philadelphia premiere of her award winning documentary Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII (2010) on September 16, as part of the Filmadelphia series, an event produced by the Philadelphia Film Society.
Top Secret Rosies shares the little known story of a group of female mathematicians who did secret ballistics research for the US Army during WWII, a handful of whom went on to serve as the programmers of ENIAC, the first multi-purpose electronic computer. Top Secret Rosies was featured on CNN online, was screened on public television and has won awards in national film festivals.
Filmadelphia at the Roxy is a monthly film series at the PFS Theater at the Roxy that provides avenue for local filmmakers of all ages, levels and backgrounds to showcase their work and elicit audience feedback.
The successful documentary was adapted into a book app project, The Computer Wore Heels, for iPad, which Professor Erickson completed and released in August. Read more about the The Computer Wore Heels bookapp here.