Ryland Aldrich
Festivals Editor; Los Angeles, California

Ryland is a filmmaker and freelance writer based in sunny Los Angeles. He has been contributing to Twitch since 2009 and covering the festival beat as Festivals Editor since 2011. He writes on topics from sports to politics to tech at enderzero.net and spends the rest of his time on twitter at @RylandAldrich.

SXSW 2014: Trailer Debut for Suicide Dramedy SEQUOIA

One of the standout titles on the SXSW Narrative Spotlight lineup is Andy Landen's feature debut Sequoia. Starring Aly Michalka and Dustin Milligan alongside Todd Lowe, Demetri Martin, Sophi Bairley, and Joey Lauren Adams, Sequoia is the story of a... More »
  

Boston Underground's First Wave Includes THE CONGRESS, BLUE RUIN, More

The Boston Underground Film Festival (aka BUFF) has distinguished itself as one of the best regional genre exhibition fests in the country. The first wave of programming for the 16th annual fest hit today and it is already packed with... More »
  

Nas to Open Tribeca 2014 with TIME IS ILLMATIC

It's been 20 years since Queensbridge rapper Nas hit the hip hop world in the head with the release of his album Illmatic, one of the most important releases in the golden "2Pac/Biggie era" of rap. Multimedia artist One9 has... More »
  

Crowdfund This! Get THE HEART MACHINE to SXSW

One of the must-sees on our SXSW 2014 forecast is Zachary Wigon's The Heart Machine. Starring John Gallagher Jr. and Kate Lyn Sheil, this romantic mystery/thriller looks like a tense exploration of modern love. But with the Austin premiere looming,... More »
  

Sundance 2014: Twitch Wraps It Up With Our Reviews and Top Picks

Perhaps one of the less headline-grabbing festivals of recent years, this year's Sundance Film Fest certainly had some stand out premieres from The Raid 2 to Boyhood. This year's festival will likely be remembered as the year of first and... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: THE RAID 2 Sets a New High Point for Violent Action Cinema

It was no hyperbole when we called The Raid: Redemption "the best action movie in decades." That film redefined martial arts cinema for the 21st century and announced Gareth Evans as one of the most exciting young directors working... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS Will Make You Laugh 'Til You Bleed

From the opening title card that reads "New Zealand Documentary Film Council," it's pretty clear that What We Do in the Shadows is not going to be your typical vampire movie. Co-directed by Taika Waititi (Eagle Vs. Shark, Boy) and... More »
  

Sundance 2014 First Impression: THE RAID 2 Is More Epic Than We Ever Imagined

What is perhaps the most anticipated film of 2014, at least for most of us at Twitch, made its world premiere this evening at the Sundance Film Festival and suffice to say, the sequel does not disappoint. Clocking in... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: FISHING WITHOUT NETS Expertly Expands the Somali Pirate Story

You'd be excused for a slight case of déjà vu when reading the description of Cutter Hodierne's feature debut Fishing Without Nets. Somali pirates have been a hot topic lately with both Danish film A Hijacking and Paul Greengrass's Tom... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: Wingard's THE GUEST is More Magnificent Midnight Madness

With the recent release of You're Next and contributions to the V/H/S and ABCs of Death horror anthologies, director-writer duo Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett are quickly becoming two of the most exciting filmmakers working in the genre space... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Review: WHIPLASH Confidently Marches To A Different Beat

It's a pretty quick turnaround to go from Sundance 2013 award-winning short film to Sundance 2014 opening nighter. But for 28-year-old director Damien Chazelle, when opportunity knocks, there's no need to bide your time. It's no surprise that Jason... More »
  

Sundance 2014: Twitch Raises The Curtain With 13 Must-Sees

Oh boy! It's Sundance time with the big winter fest kicking off today! The Twitch staff is primed and ready with our own head honcho Todd Brown making it out to Park City for the first time in too many... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Preview - Midnight, Premieres, & Spotlight

The Sundance Film Fest is kicking off in Park City tomorrow and we've got another edition of our preview series to round things out. We've already covered the US Dramatic, World Dramatic, and NEXT competitions, and the Documentary sections. On... More »
  

Sundance 2014: Exclusive Teaser Trailer For LIAR'S DICE

It is just the tiniest taste, but this teaser trailer for the Sundance World Dramatic Competition film Liar's Dice has whet our appetite for more. Directed by Geetu Mohandas, this tale of an Indian woman venturing to find her... More »
  

Review: MAIDENTRIP Is A Beautiful Celebration Of Youth

You may have already heard this story: A fifteen-year-old girl wins a legal battle versus the Dutch government to stay in the custody of her parents and is therefore able to set out on her 40-foot sailboat in an... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Preview - Documentary Sections

It's Sundance Film Fest preview week around here and we kicked things off yesterday with a look at the US Dramatic, World Dramatic, and NEXT programs. Today we turn our attention to the documentary programs with a peek at a... More »
  

Sundance 2014 Preview: US Dramatic, World Dramatic, & NEXT Competitions

It's that most wonderful time of the year when the independent film world bundles up and heads to snowy Park City to find out what treasures of indie cinema await over the rest of 2014. Yes it's Sundance time and... More »
  

Favreau, VERONICA MARS, Zombies Lead SXSW First Wave Announcement

Sundance has yet to kick off but our friends in Texas ain't waiting around to start ticking off their films for March's SXSW Film Fest. Just announced are the seven films that makeup the "first wave" of programming for... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Film

The year that was 2013 has run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to... More »
  

Twitch's Best Of 2013 - Best Director

The year that was 2013 has run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute to... More »
  
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