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.

Aruba International Film Fest Announces 2015 Lineup

Anyone ready for a little fun in the sun with some great movies as well? If so the Aruba International Film Fest might be right up your alley. Taking place October 7-11, 2015, the AIFF lineup is no slouch. Highlights... More »
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Toronto 2015 Review: In LEGEND, Double The Tom Hardy Is Double The Fun

From his star-making role in Bronson to his box office busting turn in Mad Max: Fury Road, Tom Hardy has quickly established himself as one of both the most bankable and most well respected actors working today. So what could... More »
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Toronto 2015 Review: HARDCORE's Visceral Action Will Squeeze Your Balls Off

In some number of years from now when Virtual Reality is finally really here and we're all immersed in first person narratives, we'll look back at Ilya Naishuller's Hardcore and ask, "Were we all really so impressed by this film?"... More »
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Toronto 2015 Review: BASKIN Is Creepy, Weird And Amazing

When many people think of contemporary Turkish cinema, the first thing that comes to mind is the Palme d'Or-bait that is the films of Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Methodical (ahem, slow) dramas like Once Upon a Time in Anatolia and Winter's... More »
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Toronto 2015 Preview: Masters, Discovery, Platform & More

It's time to wrap up our Toronto International Film Fest 2015 preview series with today's look at everything we haven't mentioned so far. Feel free to go back and check out our tours of the Special Presentations and Galas, the... More »
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Toronto 2015 Preview: TIFF Docs & Contemporary World Cinema

Welcome back for another round of Twitch previews ahead of the Toronto International Film Fest 2015 preview series. So far we've talked Special Presentations and Galas and Midnighters and Vanguard. Now we turn our attention to the gigantic sections of... More »
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Toronto 2015 Preview: Midnight Madness & Vanguard

Welcome back to our Toronto International Film Fest 2015 preview series. Yesterday you got a taste of what's coming in the Special Presentations and Galas. Today it's a trip through the amazing Midnight Madness and Vanguard titles that have made... More »
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Toronto 2015 Preview: Galas & Special Presentations

It's time once again for the lead-up to the 11-day celebration of non-stop, high-quality cinema that is the Toronto International Film Fest! Twitch will have our normal array of reviewers spread out across the city bringing you the what's what... More »
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Toronto 2015: Poster Debut For Discovery Title BLACK

Love across rival gangs is a story as old as time. It's also the subject of Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah's Black, premiering in Discovery at TIFF next week. We've got the first look at the stylish poster for... More »
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Hey LA Genre Hounds! Check Out Beyond Fest 2015's Full Slate

With a stat like "the highest attended genre film festival in the US," Beyond Fest has every right to call itself LA's biggest Genre Festival. Well the good folks at all the wonderful organizations that put on Beyond Fest (that... More »
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First Ridiculously Visceral Trailer For THE WITCH

A24 was wise to snap up one of the most creepy and badass movies of the year when they bought Robert Eggers's The Witch at Sundance. Today they've released an incredibly visceral trailer for the film well ahead of its... More »
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Review: 6 YEARS Succeeds Wildly In Exploring A Precarious Relationship

Young love can be so damn difficult. This is the fertile soil tilled in Hannah Fidell's 6 Years, the follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut feature A Teacher. As in that film, Fidell employs a distinctly naturalistic filmmaking style to... More »
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Sundance NextFest 2015 Interview: Programmer Charlie Reff Talks LA's Event-Driven Fest

Sundance NextFest kicks off in Downtown LA today (if you missed our preview, check it out here) and Sundance Senior Programmer Charlie Reff took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to chat with us about what we're calling... More »
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Sundance NextFest 2015 Preview: LA's Most Innovative Fest Ramps Up

You have got to hand it to the good folks at Sundance. As if having the most important festival on the US indie calendar wasn't enough, they go and create one of the most innovative and interesting mini-festivals happening today.... More »
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Review: COP CAR, A Damn Awesome Movie

Sometimes a film's premise just sells itself. Two mischievous boys stumble upon an abandoned cop car and decide to take it for a joyride. It turns out the cop car belongs to an officer on the wrong side of the... More »
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Crowdfund This! Exclusive Clip For Retro Horror THE BARN

The good folks at Pittsburgh's Nevermore Productions have taken to IndieGoGo to finish their retro indie horror The Barn and they've sent us an exclusive clip to help spread the word. It's Halloween 1989, best friends Sam and Josh are... More »
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Review: THE END OF THE TOUR, Pulling Emotional Heart Strings In A Quest For Creative Success

Can you call it a bromance if there is no comedic intent? If not, then what's the best way to label a burgeoning platonic relationship between two men connecting over previously unexplored similarities and interests? Maybe it's just friendship, relationship,... More »
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Review: AMY, A Beautiful And Tragic True Story

Every so often a film will come along that redefines an entire genre of cinema. A film that excels so completely the result is any similar film gets compared to it for years to come. In 2010, Asif Kapadia did... More »
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Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of The First Half Of 2015

As mentioned before, the year 2015 is moving on with breakneck speed, it seems. Currently we're already at the halfway point, and can look back at what's been a pretty surprising cinematic six months. So we asked ourselves what we... More »
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Sundance NEXT FEST Lineup Of Movies And Music Announced

Now in its third year, Los Angeles's own Sundance NEXT FEST has just announced their lineup for the 2015 edition taking place August 7-9. The fest kicks off with a Cinespia Cemetery screening of TwitchFilm fave Cop Car on August... More »
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