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.

Stanley Film Fest 2015: TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE Leads Live Events Lineup

One of the highlights from last year's extremely enjoyable Stanley Film Fest was Glass Eye Pix's live "Stanley Edition" of their radio show Tales From Beyond the Pale. Well the live events lineup has been released for this year's fest... More »
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Riverrun 2015 Film Announcement

North Carolina's RiverRun Film Festival has made headlines in the past few years for being one of the USA's great regional fests. Today they announced their lineup for the 2015 fest which runs April 16-26. The fest opens with Quentin... More »
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Dallas 2015 Full Lineup Released

The good folks at the Dallas Film Society have released their full program for the Dallas International Film Fest 2015. Like in past years, it is a wide and diverse program that includes festival faves like Slow West (pictured), The Wolfpack,... More »
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SXSW 2015 Review: 6 YEARS And The Undeniable Intimacy

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. Like in that film, Fidell employs a distinctly naturalistic filmmaking style... More »
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Review: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, An Incredibly Funny, If Slightly Bloody, Romp

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 »
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Sundance 2015: TwitchFilm Wraps It Up With Our Reviews And Top Picks

This year's Sundance Film Festival was eclectic as ever, with a slew of standout films, including big winners Me, Earl And The Dying Girl and The Witch. It was also a year where sales were more robust, no thanks to... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Sundance 2015 Review: THE END OF THE TOUR Beautifully Explores Our Creative Intellects

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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Sundance 2015 Review: COP CAR, A Cult Classic Waiting To Happen

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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Sundance 2015 Review: THE WITCH Will Leave You Haunted And Impressed

Dark, brooding, and mysterious, The Witch is more parts drama than horror. But genre elements and a solid grounding in period source material will keep audiences engaged throughout the film's thrilling conclusion. Set in New England circa 1630 (well before... More »
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Sundance 2015 Preview: 10 Films From Premieres, Midnight & All The Rest

Sundance kicks off TONIGHT! We've already brought you previews from the Dramatic Competitions and the Documentaries on offer in Park City. Today we take a quick tour of the remaining sections. Here are a few films from Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight,... More »
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Review: CAKE Serves Up Honest, Emotional Storytelling

"I hope you're ready to be depressed," whispered the person sitting next to me to no one in particular as the opening frames of Cake started to roll. Indeed, director Daniel Barnz's film about a woman confronting debilitating pain, drug... More »
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Sundance 2015 Preview: 14 Documentary Picks

Sundance starts this Thursday and the TwitchFilm team is here to bring you a look at a few of the festival's documentaries on offer in the US and World Documentary competitions and the Documentary Premieres section. Check back tomorrow for... More »
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Sundance 2015 Preview: 11 Picks From The Dramatic Competitions

Welcome to Sundance week! The festival kicks off Thursday and we've got a series of previews for you. Today we start by taking a look at a few of the features in the US Dramatic, World Dramatic, and NEXT competitions.... More »
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Passes Now On Sale For Stanley Film Fest 2015

If you followed our coverage of Stanley 2014 then you know that this weekend getaway fest nestled in the Rocky Mountains is one of the coolest things happening in the US festival world. And if you're into scary movies, well... More »
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Hey Australia! Win WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS And Signed Poster!

How's this for a great competition to kick the year off! One of the funniest comedies of the year and a Twitch favorite, What We Do In The Shadows is a gut-busting, hilarious mockumentary and a unique take on... More »

Best Of 2014: Ryland's Top 10 US TV Series Of The Year

Not to knock the big screen but 2014 was one hell of a year for the ol' boob tube. With the continuing maturation of streaming networks, the blurring of lines between mini-series and seasonal dramas, and an uptick in quality... More »
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Twitch's Top 10 Movies Of 2014

And that's the end of that chapter. 2014 is running on fumes and all eyes are already looking to awards season and the behemoths of next year that threaten to decimate the box office. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star... More »
By James Marsh   

Sundance 2015 Shorts Lineup Unveiled

The Sundance Film Fest announcements keep coming with today's release of the plentiful short films playing at the fest. Check out the full list here:U.S. NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS Actresses / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeremy Hersh) -- The film follows... More »
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Sundance 2015 Premieres Programs Announced

Last week brought us the announcements of the Midnight, Spotlight, and New Frontiers programs as well as the Competition slates. This week kicks off with word on the Sundance Film Festival's 2015 Premieres, Documentary Premieres, and Special Events lineups. As... More »
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Kevin Bacon + Uzi = 4 Stills For Sundance Midnighter COP CAR

Kevin Bacon is about to get violent when the new film from Jon Watts, Cop Car, makes its world premiere in Midnight at next month's Sundance Film Fest. It's a pretty damn simple premise: Two 10-year-old boys steal an abandoned... More »
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