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.

EXCLUSIVE Clip From Sundance Hit THE STRONGEST MAN

Sometimes it's the littlest films that have the most heart. If you've had a chance to see Kenny Riches's The Strongest Man then you know this weird and wonderful film has heart in spades. It's also pretty damn funny. FilmBuff... More »
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LA Film Fest 2015 Review: TOO LATE A Confident, Stylish Debut

There is a classic Hollywood feel that prevails throughout Dennis Hauck's debut feature Too Late. Namely this is due to the fact that it's shot on good old 35MM film -- a feat almost never attempted in today's world of... More »
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Exclusive Debut Of AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS Trailer

You heard the news a few weeks back that the good dudes behind Awesome Asian Bad Guys have secured distribution for their kick ass kickstarted comedy. Now ahead of their June 23 FilmBuff release, we have the world premiere of... More »
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Review: REDEEMER, Creative Beyond The Visceral Fight Scenes

Ernesto Diaz Espinoza has long been a favorite director in the Twitch world. His impressive ability to keep the action flowing while dabbling in different subgenres has always been commendable. In Mirageman, Diaz Espinsoza married lo-fi action with the tropes... More »
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Seattle 2015: DARK HORSE And ROMEO IS BLEEDING Take Top Prizes; All Awards Announced

The 3-week long Seattle International Film Fest 2015 has wrapped up and the coveted Golden Space Needle Awards have all been taken home. The big winner of the dramatic prizes was New Zealander James Napier Robertson's The Dark Horse (pictured)... More »
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AWESOME ASIAN BAD GUYS To Hit Screens June 23 From FilmBuff

We're big fans of the YouTube work by Stephen Dypiangco and Patrick Epino (a.k.a National Film Society) so we're very excited to share the news that these guys' feature debut Awesome Asian Bad Guys is getting a VOD release on... More »
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Cannes 2015 Wrap: All Our Reviews And Top Picks

The Cannes 2015 film festival is all wrapped up and while we'll have a few more reviews trickling in, here is a list of everything we've seen and written up so far. See below for our thoughts on the top... More »
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Seattle 2015: Exclusive Clip & Poster Debut For A RISING TIDE

World premiering at the Seattle International Film Festival this weekend is Ben Hickernell's A Rising Tide. We have an exclusive clip and the poster debut for you in conjunction with the premiere. The film stars Hunter Parrish, Tim Daly, Ashley... More »
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Poster Premiere & Trailer For Indie Adventure SUPERIOR

Writer/director Edd Benda's feature debut Superior will world premiere next Friday as part of LA's Dances With Films festival. We've got a first look at the film's poster and the trailer for you below. During the height of the Vietnam... More »
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Cannes 2015 Review: MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART Displays Creative Artistry But Flawed Vision

Director Jia Zhang-ke is a big fan of segmented narratives. His last film, A Touch of Sin, was an anthology of sorts tackling different stories surrounding the larger topic of the the modernization of Chinese culture. In his latest film,... More »
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Cannes 2015 Review: AMY Beautifully Celebrates A Wonderful And Tragic Life

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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Cannes 2015 Review: GREEN ROOM Doesn't Pull A Single Punch

Some gigs really aren't worth taking. That's a maxim that the members of broke touring punk band Ain't Rights probably haven't heard of and certainly aren't going to adhere to when they get offered $350 to play a backwater skinhead... More »
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Cannes 2015 Review: THE ANARCHISTS Cares Not For Your Bourgeois Cinematic Ideals

How do you say "awards-bait" in French? Take two of the hottest young stars in France, team them up with a rising star director, and then give them a period topic with obvious shades of hot button current events. The... More »
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Seattle Int'l Film Fest 2015: Twitch Picks 10 Can't-Miss Films

While much of the film world has their attention turned to the first full day of the Cannes Film Festival, there is a much bigger film festival kicking off today in the Pacific Northwest. That's bigger in sheer number of... More »
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Cannes 2015 Preview: Un Certain Regard & Out Of Competition Official

Our Cannes previews wrap up today with a quick look at a few of the films playing under the Un Certain Regard banner and a quick tour of the official out of competition selections. You can check back a few... More »
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Cannes 2015 Preview: Critics Week & Directors Fortnight

If you didn't catch last week's preview of the Cannes 2015 Palme d'Or Competition, go check that out now. Today we continue our Cannes coverage with a preview of the sidebar Director's Fortnight and Critic's Week programs. These are a... More »
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LA Film Fest 2015 Lineup Announced

Spring is in the air and that means that the good folks at Film Independent have been hard at work putting together their lineup for the upcoming LA Film Fest. The downtown festival runs June 10-18 and features some new... More »
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Stanley Film Fest 2015: Wrapped Up In Photos

The 2015 third edition of the Stanley Film Fest has come and gone and it was without a doubt, another huge success. The good folks at the Denver Film Society have again curated a super enjoyable "horror-film summer camp" with... More »
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Stanley Film Fest 2015 Preview: TwitchFilm's Top 10 Picks

We've made no secret of our fondness for the upstart Stanley Film Fest. Taking place at the historic Stanley Hotel (famous as Stephen King's inspiration for The Shining) in Estes Park, Colorado, Stanley has quickly become the premier destination horror... More »
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Audiard, Kore-Eda, Van Sant Among Strong Cannes 2015 Official Lineup

The Cannes Film Festival announced their official lineup today with all the pomp and circumstance fitting the French fest. Our own Ben Croll was there and will have a full report along with many more details on the films picked.... More »
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