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Benchmark Films

Overview
Works: 172 works in 349 publications in 1 language and 1,193 library holdings
Genres: History  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Short films  Science films  Classification  Educational films  Wildlife films  Case studies 
Roles: Distributor, fds
Classifications: HD6515.P67, 331.8811385220973
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Publications about Benchmark Films
Publications by Benchmark Films
Most widely held works by Benchmark Films
Slime molds : plasmodial and cellular ( visu )
2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 54 libraries worldwide
The slime molds are recognized by botanists as fungi and by zoologists as protista. This film explains the complex life cycles of the slime molds and the influence of environmental factors on stages in the life cycles
Miles of smiles, years of struggle ( visu )
3 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 41 libraries worldwide
Discusses the struggle of Black Pullman porters to unionize, even though rebuked by white organized labor, and the eventual formation of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters under A. Philip Randolph. Explores the impact of this group on the American civil rights movement
Clothing and fashion: a history ( visu )
10 editions published between 1972 and 1978 in English and held by 33 libraries worldwide
Uses animation to survey the evolution of fashions in clothing from Egyptian times until today. Reveals how social status, conformity, and vanity have influenced clothing styles
Baobab, portrait of a tree ( visu )
5 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
Looks at the baobab trees that grow in the dry bush country of Africa and shows the ecosystem created by them
The immune response and immunization ( visu )
5 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
Explains how the immune system functions, visualized with animation
The glassmakers of Herat by Elliott Erwitt( visu )
6 editions published between 1979 and 2011 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
Tells how, until recently, archaeologists could only speculate about how ancient glassware had been made and of the discovery of two glassmakers in Herat, Afghanistan, who make glass the same way described in seventh-century Assyrian cuneiform tablets. Shows the glassmaking process and the way of life of the craftsmen
Protista: protozoa and algae ( visu )
5 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 28 libraries worldwide
Uses high magnification photography to examine protistans, or single-cell organisms. The variety of protozoans studied are classified into four groups, according to their method of locomotion. Among algae, which are divided largely by color into six groups, the green are investigated
Castles of clay by Alan Root( visu )
8 editions published between 1978 and 2001 in English and held by 26 libraries worldwide
Studies the lifestyle of several species of termites including the African termite. One scene in the film shows some giant ants attacking the termites, defeating the soldiers and killing the queen
The Beginning of life ( visu )
8 editions published between 1968 and 1990 in English and held by 26 libraries worldwide
Documents the stages in the growth of the human embryo inside the womb, through the fetal stages of cellular growth to birth
Fungi ( visu )
5 editions published between 1983 and 2000 in English and held by 25 libraries worldwide
Explains the variety, physiology, feeding, reproduction, and function in the earth's ecosystem of fungi
Elsa and her cubs ( visu )
4 editions published between 1970 and 1984 in English and held by 24 libraries worldwide
Presents a photographic account of the friendship between a wild lioness and George and Joy Adamson. Includes scenes of the lioness and her three cubs relaxing in camp and of the lioness learning to hunt for herself and showing off her cubs
Lights, action, Africa! ( visu )
5 editions published between 1980 and 1983 in English and held by 24 libraries worldwide
Wildlife filmmakers Joan and Alan Root show the excitement and danger involved in their work in East Africa as they explore the habits and habitats of many wild birds, insects, and animals in search of subjects for their motion pictures
A Chemical feast ( visu )
4 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
Shows how dyes, gums, emulsifiers, and other additives often substitute for real nutritional value in many processed foods in American supermarkets
Mzima, portrait of a spring by Alan Root( visu )
5 editions published between 1983 and 2006 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
Shows how, in the midst of the arid Tsavo National Park in Kenya, underwater springs support and nourish a wide variety of animal life. Examines the short ribbon of water teeming with life in the midst of a dry and thirsty land, a place called Mzima
Genetic engineering and protein synthesis ( visu )
3 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
Provides fundamental knowledge of the major principles of genetic engineering
The Five kingdom classification ( visu )
2 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 19 libraries worldwide
Discusses the five classifications of living creatures and how they developed from the original first two (plants and animals)
Year of the wildebeest ( visu )
6 editions published between 1974 and 1984 in English and held by 19 libraries worldwide
Follows a herd of some one million wildebeest as the animals travel on a 2,000 mile migration in Tanzania in search of grass and water during the dry summer months. Shows the immense herds of antelope, zebra, giraffe, and buffalo accompanying the wildebeest, as well as the predators that prey on the herds
From protistans to first multicellular animals ( visu )
3 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 18 libraries worldwide
Shows how protistans organize into algal and protozoan colonies and how cell specialization increases in simple animals
Fungi and man ( visu )
2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 17 libraries worldwide
Tells how the relationship between man and fungi is sometimes destructive and sometimes life-supporting
The New Alchemists ( visu )
5 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in English and held by 16 libraries worldwide
Shows how a group of scientists and their families are successfully working an experimental plant and fish farm near Falmouth, Mass. Explains how they use only organic fertilizers and use solar heat and a windmill for energy
 
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