Ben Umstead
East Coast Editor; Los Angeles, California

Born in New England, bred around the Capital Beltway, and schooled in the heart of Hollywood, Ben joined Team Twitch in the summer of 2009 when he moved to NYC. He can once again be found wandering the streets of Los Angeles.

Crowdfund This! Horror Anthology THE MORTUARY COLLECTION

Ladies and gentlemen, here we have pretty much a no-brainer for Crowdfund This! at Twtich.A horror project that promises to be both scary and fun? Check.A project backed by some industry veterans and Twitch favorites? Check.A project with a killer,... More »
  

This Fresh BORGMAN Clip Is Just Sink, No Swim, And All Awesome

Much praise has been heaped upon Alex van Warmerdam's Borgman, which bowed at Cannes last year, and where our own Brian Clark had this to say:Many will likely make comparisons between Borgman and another off-kilter descent into insulated evil, Dogtooth.... More »
  

New York Asian Film Fest Will Own Your Summer!

If you're a New York cinephile then today is the day you basically will much of your summer away to the guys at Subway Cinema, as they've announced the full line up for the 2014 edition of NYAFF.Chock full of... More »
  

LA Happenings: Herzog's NOSFERATU Haunts The Cinefamily In 35mm

Werner Herzog's take on the infamous Nosferatu is one of those rare instances where the remake of a seminal cinematic work (in this case F.W. Murnau's in 1922) is equally as mesmerizing as the first go-around. What's more is that... More »
  

COMMUNITY Is Cancelled

Community has been through so much over its five year run -- from lead cast members departing to the firing and rehiring of creator Dan Harmon as showrunner -- that cancellation, oddly enough, seemed to be less and less likely... More »
  

New York Asian Film Festival 2014 Gets Into Gear With First Titles

From the bowels of Subway Cinema and their more haughty brethren at The Film Society Of Lincoln comes the first rumblings of the 13th edition of the New York Asian Film Festival, otherwise known as NYAFF. If you're a regular... More »
  

Crowdfund This! Nathan Silver's Black Comedy STINKING HEAVEN

[UPDATE: With ten hours left in the campaign STINKING HEAVEN has less than $1,000 to reach their goal. If it's any incentive to give 'em that final push, Nathan Silver's fourth feature UNCERTAIN TERMS will be world premiering next month... More »
  

Now Stomping Across The World: Original GODZILLA Instills Nuclear Fear

The mighty roar still causes goose-pimples. An angry, desperate, anguished cry against the inhumanity of man, the original Godzilla (Gojira) remains a powerful drama. In honor of the film's 60th anniversary, Rialto Pictures is touring Godzilla: The Japanese Original across... More »
  

LA Film Festival Announces 2014 Lineup

The Los Angeles Film Festival is turning 20 this year, and to celebrate, the fine folks at Film Independent have quite the whopper of a line up. Bong Joon-ho's hotly anticipated science fiction actioner Snowpiercer opens the fest, which runs... More »
  

Newport Beach 2014 Review: THIS LAST LONELY PLACE, A Fine Tuned, Pitch Dark Noir

Picture it: The gun in the lap of a beautiful dame. A once powerful man hounded by the shadows of his triumphs. The cabbie with a kind heart and worn eyes. A fresh start. That last trick. The final score.... More »
  

Trailer For Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD Charts Just That

An easy like during this year's Sundance was Richard Linklater's latest, and long in the works, Boyhood, which saw the Dazed And Confused helmer shoot the same cast over a 12 year period to chronicle the trials and triumphs (and... More »
  

Review: MOONE BOY Season 2 Is Very Fecking Good

Tales of boyhood, of one's family, and one's town, are a down right staple in TV Land. From Leave It To Beaver to The Wonder Years, it seems that every decade of television must have at least one iconic male-centered... More »
  

Review: SOFT IN THE HEAD, A Drama That Hits Hard, Harder, Hardest

Filmmaker Nathan Silver's cinema is a cinema of people. Hard and foul and furious and loveable and resilient people.Now I know that may seem like a rather odd statement to make, when, after all cinema is full of people. But... More »
  

Tribeca 2014: Twitch Raises The Curtain With 17 Must-Sees

Spring has most certainly arrived in The Big Apple (finally), which means so has the Tribeca Film Festival. Now in its 13th year, the fest kicks off tonight with Time Is Illmatic, multimedia artist One9's documentary on Nas' landmark album... More »
  

Series Preview: Art Of The Real Tests The Boundaries Of Documentary Filmmaking

Film Society of Lincoln Center's inaugural film series Art of the Real - a showcase for nonfiction films that pushes the farthest boundaries of documentary filmmaking, is for me, one of the most exciting film series I have had the... More »
  

Preview: Panorama Europe Spotlights New & Old Voices Alike

As spring finally arrives in the Big Apple so do a swatch of European films that have largely gone unnoticed even on the festival circuit. Leave it to the European Union National Institutes for Culture then to say "Hey, hold... More »
  

The Trailer For Kelly Reichardt's NIGHT MOVES Creates A Palpable Sense Of Paranoia

Those that have kept abreast of the American Indie scene the last 8 years or so, should know full well that Kelly Reichardt is a writer and director of considerable power, even when working in such minimalist aesthetics. While Old... More »
  

Review: HIDE YOUR SMILING FACES, A Daring And Complex Portrait Of Childhood

In childhood, those magical spaces and feelings of curiosity and wonder; those feelings and urges that could propel you to great heights and even greater adventures, sit so precariously close to what one can only describe as apocalypse: those weighted... More »
  

New JUPITER ASCENDING Trailer Aims For The Epic

Fans of the future dystopian segment in Lana and Andy Wachowski's Cloud Atlas, take note. The second trailer for their latest flick takes a lot of that hefty sci-fi morality and ethics ball game seen in the Seoul-set story of... More »
  

Noah Segan To Get Punched By Marko Zaror In REDEEMER

Ernesto Díaz Espinoza's next with fellow Chilean, and rising martial arts star, Marko Zaror is continuing to shape up with the casting of American Noah Segan. Most recently seen at SXSW in psychological horror Starry Eyes, and best known to... More »
  
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