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As the earth Turns



1938 Unreleased Silent Film by Richard H. Lyford

Upcoming Screenings & Festival/Awards List (122 Festivals, 136 Awards/Nom.)

Including 34 for best score by Composer Ed Hartman

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: "As the Earth Turns" will have it's BROADCAST PREMIERE on Turner Classic Movies Halloween October 31, 2021(9pm PST - Midnight November 1 EST)

Soundtrack Release

Information about the film

Press/Interviews  Backstory   Press Kit   

Trailer  Short Intro Video (1min)


Digital Distribution: Indie Rights  DVD/Blu-Ray with extras* - TCM SHOP Amazon Walmart

*Including "It Gets in Your Blood" award-winning documentary about Richard Lyford. Documentary Trailer

"One of the most exciting discoveries in the archival offerings of Seattle International Film Festival...This is a festival must-see for fans of classic film. It’s a marvelous discovery."
Seattle International Film Festival

"Had Steven Spielberg been a 16-millimeter camera-toting teen in the 1930s, his home movies might have looked like “As the Earth Turns.”
Michael Rechtshaffen, LA Times

"For film fans, this [As the Earth Turns] is like finding a lost Egyptian pyramid, after years of obscurity.  It's another piece of the puzzle that will remain in motion picture history forever!"
Dana D Winseman, Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival (Outstanding Recognition Award)

"As the Earth Turns is essential viewing."
Stefan Milne, Seattle Met

"The coolest sci-fi thriller screening at SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival)


"As The Earth Turns is a standout piece of science fiction from the Silent Age. For those with an interest in the history of special effects, it's compelling viewing...it is brilliant in what it manages to achieve with the simple tools of the time...Berger's performance, however, is by far the most impressive in the film and very different in style from what one sees in older silent moves. It's a transitional turn, big enough to work without audible words but nuanced enough that one can imagine it working with them."

Jennie Kermode, eyeforfilm.co.uk

“The musical score...beautifully complements the film and simultaneously sounds modern and retro”


"As the Earth Turns is rather beautifully filmed, with the director showing a genuine eye for framing and decent camerawork, while no corners seem to be cut to bring the story to life on a budget. And couple all of that with the film's very mature pacifist message while the world was actually on the brink of war, and you got yourself a pretty remarkable movie ..."

Mike Haberfelner, searchmytrash.com

"I just watched a movie that was 80 years in the making. “As the Earth Turns” was thoroughly enjoyable and I highly recommend this film. I especially recommend it for devotees of silent movies, sci-fi fans, movie historians, and those who loved Mel Brooks’ “Silent Movie” in 1976 and “The Artist” that won five Oscars in 2012 including best picture."

Rene A. Henry, Caribbean News Global

“The real powerhouse of As the Earth Turns is the music. Ed Hartman, the contemporary composer who both scored and performed the music, supplies the film with an era-appropriate accompaniment that only enhances its story. Further proving that dialogue isn’t everything if an outstanding score is its replacement. In many ways, the fact that this film was ‘lost’ for over 80 years is a bit of a gift, that now we can appreciate Lyford’s As the Earth Turns as the forward-thinking independent film that he intended it to be, furnished with a dominant and befitting score.”

Ollie Smither, UK Film Review

"I have seen many films made in the 1930s and I feel that “As the Earth Turns” is the best of the lot."

Dr. Israel Drazin

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8th Sense Productions, LLC.

Home of Richard H. Lyford Productions Film Archives

Contact/email sign-up: Ed Hartman, Composer & Producer

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