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.

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 »
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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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Crowdfund This Round-Up: Bathroom Horror, Hopi, Madsen, & Film Bloggers

So where are you going to spend your hard-earned ducats this week? We've got some ideas. Join us on this tour of some of the crowdfunding film projects that have caught our eyes over the last few days. Click the... More »
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Crowdfund This: Brew Up Some Love For DRIP

The filmmakers behind the barista competition documentary Drip are raising funds on Kickstarter and they've put together a pretty slick trailer to let you smell what they are brewing. They've also got some interesting incentives to perk you up... More »
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Review: BLOOD TIES Knots Up 1970s New York

To call Guillaume Canet's Blood Ties a love letter to the 1970s is a bit of an understatement. The Clive Owen, Billy Crudup brothers-on-opposite-sides-of-the-law drama absolutely oozes with 1970s nostalgia, from its impeccable costume and production design to its almost... More »
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Review: JODOROWSKY'S DUNE Delightfully Journeys Into The Brilliance That Might Have Been

What's the most important film never made? Is it Kubrick's Napoleon? How about Gilliam's take on Don Quijote? In his excellent sophomore feature documentary of the same name, director Frank Pavich would have you believe the answer is Jodorowsky's Dune.... More »
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12 Takeaways From SXSW 2014 - Plus All Twitch's Reviews & Features

Another SXSW has come and gone and the Twitch crew is just starting to recover from the exhaustion. We've got links to all our review, interviews, and features, plus some personal takeaways below. All the fun and great films seem... More »
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Borscht Film Fest Needs Your Help - And Here's The Awesome Short #POSTMODEM As Thanks

If you've been to film festival shorts program recently and found yourself watching some sort of weird, wonderful, and wacky short, there is a chance it was brought to you in part by the Borscht Corporation. Perhaps you caught... More »
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SXSW 2014 Review: SEQUOIA Rises High

Suicide can be a pretty tough subject to tackle in film. Nine times out of ten, a "will they/won't they" drama suffers from the major flaw of deflated stakes as the audience is smart enough to figure out the... More »
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SXSW 2014 Review: PRINT THE LEGEND Is A Fascinating Snapshot Of The Men Behind An Emerging Technology

What is the most important invention of the 21st century? The smart phone? Hybrid cars? Twitter? Filmmakers Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel would have you believe it is the 3D printer. These desktop devices allow users to print immediate... More »
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SXSW 2014 Review: THE INFINITE MAN Is Indie Time Travel Mayhem At Its Best

Though they have long been very popular, films that involve time travel almost always cause much consternation. Even the films that do it well become the subject of heated debate over logic (see: Looper). And when the logic is... More »
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SXSW 2014 Review: HONEYMOON Is All Parts Scare

From Honeymoon's opening montage of our newlywed couple reminiscing about falling in love, you might think you are settling in for romantic drama about the challenges of starting a life together. You'd be wrong. While plenty of challenges await... More »
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SXSW 2014 Exclusive: First Look at Nature Docu YAKONA

We mentioned it in our 22 Can't Miss SXSW Titles yesterday, and now we have an exclusive first look clip for you of the SXSW Visions-premiering nature docu Yakona. Directed by Anlo Sepulveda and Paul Collins, Yakona looks like it... More »
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SXSW 2014 Exclusive: Midnighter STARRY EYES Debuts 5 Bone-Chilling Pics

We are pretty big fans here at Twitch of anything Snowfort Pictures cranks out (Cheap Thrills, Jodorowsky's Dune, and Big Ass Spider in just the last 12 months). Pair Snowfort with talented filmmakers Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (Absence) and... More »
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LA's Indian Film Fest Announces Child Trafficking Drama SOLD As Opener

A film fest quickly gaining attention in fest-packed Los Angeles is the Indian Film Fest of LA. With last year's high profile screenings of Gangs of Wasseypur, Midnight Children, and Eega, IFFLA positioned itself as the best way to catch... More »
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SXSW 2014 Preview: Twitch Picks 22 Can't Miss Films

SXSW 2014 starts Friday and the Twitch team will be there in force. We've picked 22 (well, 23) titles to whet your appetite. Let us know what you're excited to hear about and don't forget to follow the team on... More »
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Tribeca Announces Competition and Viewpoints Lineups

We brought you news on Tribeca's Opening Nighter a few days back. Now the Manhattan fest has announced the first half of their main lineup with all the films in the World Narrative Competition, the Documentary Competition, and the out-of-competition... More »
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Video Premiere: No One Is Safe From The NIGHT GIANT

After a great festival run that included Fantasia, Toronto After Dark, Vancouver, and Raindance, Aaron Beckum has is making his enjoyable black and white noir/comedy short Night Giant available for all to watch and we've got the exclusive debut for... More »
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SXSW 2014: Trailer Debut for Suicide Dramedy SEQUOIA

One of the standout titles on the SXSW Narrative Spotlight lineup is Andy Landen's feature debut Sequoia. Starring Aly Michalka and Dustin Milligan alongside Todd Lowe, Demetri Martin, Sophi Bairley, and Joey Lauren Adams, Sequoia is the story of a... More »
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Boston Underground's First Wave Includes THE CONGRESS, BLUE RUIN, More

The Boston Underground Film Festival (aka BUFF) has distinguished itself as one of the best regional genre exhibition fests in the country. The first wave of programming for the 16th annual fest hit today and it is already packed with... More »
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