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.

Toronto 2014 Preview: Galas & Special Presentations

It's Toronto time yet again and Twitch will be on the scene with our team of reviewers and interviewers getting you all the latest from the diverse array of films making their bows (or North American bows) at the fest.... More »
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Toronto 2014: Exclusive Trailer For Bulgarian Thriller THE LESSON

What happens when a small-town Bulgarian school-teacher is driven to extreme lengths by loan sharks? A lot of tension, it would appear from this new trailer for Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov's The Lesson making its world premiere in... More »
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Canadian Feats Added To Toronto 2014 Slate Incl. Astron-6 Midnighter THE EDITOR & Tierney's PREGGOLAND

The Toronto Int'l Film Fest announcements keep coming. This week the fest has dropped a bevy of new features that all come from native daughters and sons of Canada. The films are slotted in among a number of programs and... More »
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Werner Herzog To Chat Up The Zellners At LA's Sundance Next Fest

Sundance has been up to some very cool things lately - even outside of their marquee January festival. Not the least of which is their Sundance Next Fest taking place August 7-10 in Los Angeles. The fest features six of... More »
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LA Film Fans! Win Tix to THE GUEST at Sundance Next Fest

If you've been biding your time, waiting for a chance to see Adam Wingard's raucous You're Next follow-up The Guest ahead of its September 17 theatrical release from Picturehouse, then we've got some good news for you. Twitch is giving... More »
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Toronto 2014 Docu Lineup Announced

Finishing off a big day for the Toronto International Film Fest that included announcements of the fest's Midnight, Vanguard, and Masters slates, the good folks at TIFF also let us know what will be coming up in the Documentaries program... More »
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Winterbottom, Godard, Hong Sang-soo Anchor Toronto 2014 Masters Lineup

Along with today's Vanguard, Midnight, and Docs announcements, the Toronto International Film Festival also dropped word on their Masters program for the 2014 fest that kicks off September 4. There are some Twitch faves on the nine-film list. We'll get... More »
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NY's Totally Free Wassaic Project Film Fest Kicks Off This Friday

The hamlet of Wassaic, New York has long been a hub for the artist communities in the Hudson Valley. And for another year, the arts org known as the Wassaic Project is putting on its own film festival. This mini-fest... More »
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First Teaser for GOD HELP THE GIRL Shows Off Its Film Grain Glory

One of the more buzzy titles at the year's Sundance was Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch's directorial debut God Help the Girl. The good folks at Amplify scooped it up and are bringing it to theaters on September 5.... More »
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LA Film Fest 2014 Review: CUT BANK Balances Expertly On A Razor's Edge Between Thrills And Laughs

It's no easy task to write a crime thriller script that is both tense and comedic. But even when a writer is able to pull it off on the page, an even more difficult task awaits a director to... More »
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Twitch's Favorite Football Films

After the long four-year wait, today is the day for a new World Cup to kick off. It's a very particular edition for football's major event, as the world's top champion, Brazil, is the host country for the first time since... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2014: Twitch Picks 15 Can't Miss Films

LA Film Fest kicks off tonight with the North American premiere of Snowpiercer (yes, finally). And while that film is old news to much of the world, there are quite a few brand spanking new films from this year's crop... More »
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Review: THE SACRAMENT Is Delicious Kool-Aid For Thirsty Viewers

Sometimes we are frankly limited by our terminology. What do you call a film that uses in-world video? That is to say, what do you call a film where the camera used to exclusively record the footage is incorporated as... More »
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Independent Filmmakers' Showcase Fest To Open With Prize-Winning THE AGE OF REASON

The Independent Filmmakers' Showcase (IFS) Film Festival rolls into Los Angeles on May 27 with some of the year's best indie films in tow. Opening the festival at the Beverly Hills Music Hall is Jordan Harris and Andrew Schrader's... More »
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LA Asian Pacific Film Fest 2014: Twitch Makes 5 Can't Miss Picks

It's VC time of the year again as the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival kicks off tonight for another year of great programming from around the Pacific. The fest runs from May 1-11 and mostly takes place at the DGA... More »
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Stanley Film Fest 2014 Wrap Up & Photo Gallery

The fake blood has all been mopped up and empty whiskey bottles put out on the curb. Yes, the second edition of the Stanley Film Festival has come to its end and the attendees have all gone home from their... More »
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THE CANAL To Receive US/Canada Release Via The Orchard & Shock Till You Drop

Fresh off its Tribeca premiere (Read Joshua Chaplinsky's review), Ivan Kavanagh's far out horror The Canal has just inked a deal for US and Canadian distribution with upstart distributor The Orchard as part of their partnership with Ryan Turek's horror... More »
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Stanley Film Fest 2014 Preview: (Almost) Every Film Reviewed!

There is something frightening going on in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. The second annual Stanley Film Fest kicks off at the historic Stanley Hotel tomorrow and it is scary how good the lineup is. On top of great... More »
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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 »
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Stanley Film Fest Adds Panels, Screenings, & Joe Dante Tribute

You may have caught the entire incredible Stanley Film Fest announcement earlier this month. Today we are back with some updates and additions. Most notably, the fest has announced it will be giving its Master of Horror award to... More »
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