A 83 year old practical effects heavy science fiction short, As The Earth Turns, has found new life with a new score by Ed Hartman who also serves as a producer of this release of the film.

This before now unreleased silent film was directed by Richard Lyford when he was 20 years old while living in Seattle, Washington.  Lyford stars in the film as a mad scientist, Pax, who desperately wants peace.


As the Earth Turns is set in the late 1930s and features predictions of World War II future-technology, climate change, and the extreme need for peace.

Lead actress Barbara Berger portrays a hard-working newspaper reporter in As The Earth Turns and went on to a long career on Broadway and in television.

In 1937 the twenty-year-old budding filmmaker had already created fifty-eight plays and filmed nine never released award-winning films using his own equipment in a space in Seattle, Washington before filming As The Earth Turns. Lyford would go on to work for Disney Studios on animated films such as Fantasia and Pinocchio, as an uncredited 2nd AD on Dumbo and direct and edit a 1950 Academy Award-winning documentary about the artist Michelangelo titled The Titan.

Richard H. Lyford’s films have developed a following among film-historians since his early “amateur” films are some of the first “indie” films ever created outside of Hollywood. Lyford experimented with special effects, miniatures, make-up effects and in-camera special effects. As the Earth Turns is presented for the first time 80 years after it was filmed with a professionally mixed orchestral soundtrack by film composer and producer Ed Hartman (Lucifer, Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

Ed Hartman and his company 8th Sense Productions are also producing a short documentary about As The Earth Turns and a biopic about director Richard Lyford.

As the Earth Turns will be released on dvd and blu-ray soon. TCM (Turner Classic Movies) will air the movie in the fall of 2020. Currently, As The Earth Turns is available to stream now on Amazon Prime.