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New ways of connecting-that is the overarching theme for Home Movie Day 2020, bringing people together in virtual space to celebrate amateur films and filmmaking. If you came here to watch home movies, welcome! You can browse events from the map or list below (use the map-pin icon to customize your view) and click for details and links to film screenings, workshops, and interactive community events happening throughout the month of October and beyond. Most events are online, so you can drop in on a Home Movie Day anywhere in the world. If you’d like to find out how to view and share your own home movies, get in touch with your local HMD event host and explore some of the resources on this site.

If you are interested in hosting a Home Movie Day event, welcome! Get started by reading our How-to Home Movie Day 2020, where you’ll find instructions and a link for submitting your event. All of the great HMD resources from years past are still available in the About Home Movie Day section. And if you need more help or aren’t sure where to start, write to us at info@centerforhomemovies.org. We’re here to support you and help you share your home movies!


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Home Movie Day “As the Earth Turns” Live Online Screening

October 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm PDT

“As the Earth Turns” (Richard Lyford, 1938, 46 minutes). Live screening on Zoom with introduction and Q&A with producer and composer Ed Hartman and presentation on the life and films of Richard Lyford.

In 1937, in Seattle, twenty-year-old budding filmmaker Richard Lyford, using his own equipment ,had already created 58 plays and 9 never released, award-winning films. He went to work for Disney Studios, and direct and edit a 1950 Academy Award-winning documentary. 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, and models, and was becoming an excellent director. His final and most challenging film of this era was “As the Earth Turns”, with a screenplay based on “The Man Who Rocked the Earth” by Arthur Train and Robert Williams Wood, 1915. It was filmed in the Pacific Northwest, in and around Seattle.

“As the Earth Turns” is a 45 minute, sci-fi film that foresaw WWII, future- technology, climate change, and the extreme need for peace, as the world was drifting back into world war again. The main character, “PAX” (“Peace” in Latin), is played by Lyford, himself, a scientist who desperately wants peace and uses climate-changing science to keep mankind from war.


October 20, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm PDT
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The Center for Home Movies
Ed Hartman


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