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.

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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

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 »
  

Werner Herzog's 5th Rogue Film School to Land This Summer in LA

If there is list of filmmakers out there with plenty to teach about the art of cinema, Werner Herzog would have to be towards the top. Lucky for aspiring directors, he is doing just that. Werner Herzog has announced... More »
  

Review: JOE Paints A Searing Portrait Of Rural Torment

Nicolas Cage has enjoyed a varied career, to say the least. From big budget blockbusters to notable indies, many would call his decision making curious, if not downright bizarre. In a lot of ways, this echoes the directing choices of... More »
  

R100, THE SACRAMENT, STARRY EYES, DOC OF THE DEAD, Miike Lead Strong Line-Up For 2nd Annual Stanley Film Fest

This rarely happens. Almost never do you look at a festival lineup and think, "I want to see (or already saw and loved) every single film that's playing." So kudos to the programming team at the Stanley Film Fest... More »
  

Review: GOODBYE WORLD Waves Farewell In Fantastically Entertaining Fashion

Man has always been fascinated with the end of the world, but filmmakers seem extra intrigued recently, with World War Z, It's A Disaster, This is the End, After Earth, Oblivion, The Fifth Season, and Cloud Atlas all tackling the... More »
  

Dallas 2014 Preview: Twitch Picks 12 Must See Films

The indomitable Dallas International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow night with the gala premiere of Fred Schepisi's Words and Pictures. Twitch will have (cowboy) boots on the ground with plenty of coverage from across the city. To jump start our... More »
  

Crowdfund This: Female-Helmed Grindhouser SHEILA SCORNED

We haven't spent a lot of time talking about crowdfunding site Seed & Spark but their clever film-centric model and slick site is worth a browse for anyone looking to support some very worthy projects. One of those very... More »
  

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 today.... More »
  

Review: BREATHE IN, A Heartbreaking Romance

Drake Doremus does one thing very, very well. He is a master at making the audience feel the emotions of his characters -- without relying on the typical protagonist story structure. His 2011 Sundance US Dramatic Competition-winning Like Crazy took... More »
  
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