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Essence of Life

Date produced: 1955

Filmmaker(s):

G. Clifford Carl

Description:

"The dependence of all living things on water. The physical properties of water; water as a habitat for such creatures as insects, birds, beavers, frogs; use and abuse of water resources by man." (BC Archives)


Marshland Mysteries

Date produced: 1938

Filmmaker(s):

Robert H. Unseld

Description:

Marshland Mysteries is a version of Unseld's film Swamp Song.


Listen

Date produced: 1969

Filmmaker(s):

Richard Carman

Description:

"Listen is an appropriate title for a film that won the MPD Sound Award for Richard Garman of Salt Lake City. In 9 minutes of color you will learn the life story of a cricket. You may have heard the sound of its chirping all your life, but now you will be face to face with it just as you've always heard it - then in slow motion (or speed) and then even in slower motion (or speed). You have got it to hear it to believe it" PSA Journal, Nov. 1969, 57.


War of the Ants

Date produced: 1966

Filmmaker(s):

H. Braig

Description:

"War of the Ants is a deft piece of animation against elaborate stage settings and masterful props. No scale tells us how big the ants are, but their movements and actions are superb. The story has a similarity to human warfare in its satirical approach" PSA Journal, Aug. 1967, 36.


Life Cycle of the Monarch

Date produced: 1966

Filmmaker(s):

Ken Middleham


Language of the Bee

Date produced: 1966


Narraburra

Date produced: 1966

Filmmaker(s):

Don Featherstone

Description:

"Narraburra is a slick piece of drama telling of the misfortune encountered by a prospector in the wilds of Australia who is thrown from his horse and breaks his leg. While his friends go for aid, a colony of meat ants find him and he knows that in a short while they will eat his flesh until he dies. How he keeps the ants from achieving their objective provides good cinema fare" PSA Journal, Sept. 1966, 35.


Monarch Butterfly, The

Date produced: 1966

Filmmaker(s):

Margaret McLeod

Description:

"The Monarch Butterfly, winner of the MPD Nature Film Trophy, depicts the life cycle of this well known butterfly and shows the various stages through which it must pass" PSA Journal, Sept. 1966, 35.


Pattern of Living, The

Date produced: 1965

Filmmaker(s):

Ivan C. Lowe

Description:

"In Pattern of Living we are told how life on this earth probably began. Most likely it started after the upheaval of the sun 5,000 million years ago. Algae and animacules were perhaps the first forms of life, to be followed by the vegetable, and later the worm which was the forerunner of insects as we know them today. Clorophyll, the narrator explains, is responsible for combining water with sunlight to produce sugar that gives energy. Much of the film was shot through a microscope and some animation is used" PSA Journal, Sept. 1965, 51.


Butterfly with Four Birthdays, The

Date produced: 1965

Filmmaker(s):

Sidney N. Laverents

Description:

"The Butterfly with Four Birthdays is a well done documentary on the life cycle of the Anise Swallowtail (Papilio Zelicaon). The Zelicaon, often mistaken for the Monarch, lives in the Western United States and lays her eggs on the anise plant, also known as sweet fennel. From the egg comes the baby caterpillar, thirdly the pupa or chrysalis stage, and finally, on its fourth birthday, the butterfly. This film also received the MPD Nature Film Award" PSA Journal, Sept. 1965, 50.


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