1938 Unreleased Silent Film by Richard H. Lyford


"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) 


“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 

Upcoming Screenings (122 Festivals, 135 Awards/Nominations)

Including 34 for best score by Composer Ed Hartman

Soundtrack Release

Information about the film


Press Kit


Short Intro Video (4min)

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Special ONLINE Screenings with LIVE Q&A


"As the Earth Turns" will be featured on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) starting FALL of 2020.

Digital Distribution: Indie Rights  (DVD with extras coming!)

(Inquiries: Private and theatrical screenings, etc.)

Trailer:  "It Gets In Your Blood" - documentary about Richard Lyford.

8th Sense Productions is currently working on a biopic, "The Filmmaker" and a documentary, "It Gets in Your Blood" about Richard Lyford, the director.

Poster Art for Sale (T-shirts, mugs, etc.)

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Home of Richard H. Lyford Productions Film Archives

Contact: Ed Hartman, Composer & Producer