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.

Twitch's Best of 2013 - Best Screenplay

The year that was 2013 has almost run its course, so the time has come for Team Twitch to pool its ever-growing troupe of contributors from the four corners of the planet, gather its collective thoughts and pay special tribute... More »
  

THE RAID 2 Leads Sundance 2014 Premieres Announcement

The excitement is palpable around these parts with today's announcement that The Raid 2 will be done in time to premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The follow-up to the best action film in decades promises a more fleshed... More »
  

Los Angeles EigaFest: Twitch Picks The Highlights

This weekend, the Japan Film Society is presenting its third L.A. EigaFest with a collection of live-action and animated features, kicking off with the U.S. premiere of Unforgiven, with the film's director Lee Sang-il in attendance. Plus, you've got another... More »
  

New Films From Mo Bros., Wingard, & Waititi Lead Sundance 2014 Midnight, Spotlight, New Frontiers, & Kids Announcement

Yesterday brought us the Sundance Competition Announcements and today we are back with a look at the Midnighters, Spotlight, New Frontiers, and brand new 'Sundance Kids' sections. The titles unveiled in the Midnight section are perhaps more exciting than anything... More »
  

Review: INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, Folk Music And Colorful Characters, Melancholy And Gut Punches

Winners of numerous screenwriting awards, including two Oscars, it's difficult to think of many filmmakers more adept at their craft than Joel and Ethan Coen. So it comes as a bit of a surprise when, in the first act of... More »
  

Sundance Competition & Next Lineups Announced

The day all the indie film maniacs have been hotly anticipating has finally arrived. The first Sundance 2014 announcements have just dropped! And boy are there some interesting sounding titles! The marquee US Dramatic Competition features films from the likes... More »
  

Controversial Independent Spirit Award Nominations Announced - MUD Honored But Not Nominated; 12 YEARS A SLAVE Cleans Up

Film Independent's Independent Spirit Award nominations have just been announced and the films that didn't make the Best Feature list are as big of a story as those that did. Really it's a testament to the strong year in... More »
  

Crowdfund This! THERE WILL BE NO STAY - The Executioner's Documentary

You might have caught Todd's awesome new Crowdfund This! Feature this weekend and there are quite a few great projects worth your coins over there. We've got one more supplemental film campaign you have got to check out! There... More »
  

Review: NEBRASKA, A Long Drive With A Charming Destination

Alexander Payne is on some kind of hot streak, with all four of his major features receiving Oscar nominations and his last two (Sideways and The Descendants) both earning Best Picture nominations and taking home statues for Best Adapted Screenplay.... More »
  

New To Netflix: THE MASTER, Australian Stop-Motion, Latin Science Fiction, And More

Another grab-bag of Netflix picks from the various territories around the world showcases the eclectic nature of the acquisitions of the service. stop-motion animation from Australia, science fiction found footage from Ecuador, P.T. Anderson's "Master" case study on the culture... More »
  

Review: THE ARMSTRONG LIE Expertly Explores One of Sports' Most Fascinating Stories

We're living in a great time for sports documentary filmmaking. ESPN's 30 For 30 series has featured a number of fantastic films by notable filmmakers that have played at such film festivals as Sundance and Toronto. Just two years ago,... More »
  

AFI Fest 2013: Twitch Picks 13 Can't Miss Titles

The days are getting shorter and LA temperatures are dropping into the mid-70s. Yes, it's fall and that means AFI Fest is here. The Hollywood-set festival kicks off tonight with the opening night film Saving Mr. Banks and closes next... More »
  

Trailer & Release Date for Wonderful SXSW Docu MAIDENTRIP

Sometimes it just warms your heart to see a film finally getting the attention it deserves. It has just been announced that the wonderful SXSW Audience Award-winning documentary Maidentrip will be setting sail from First Run Features in New York... More »
  

Watch 3 Shorts from This Halloween's Razorblades In Your Reeses's at LA's Downtown Independent

It's that spooky time of the year again folks. If you are in Los Angeles, that means another year of the awesome Razorblades in your Reese's short film fest and Halloween costume party. Now in its 4th year at... More »
  

Top Quotes, Photos, & Keynote Videos from the Film Independent Forum

The Film Independent Forum took place this past weekend at the Los Angeles DGA with a host of fascinating panels and plenty of great opportunities for indie filmmakers to swap tips. We previewed the event last week with 5 great... More »
  

Full Disclosure: Twitch's Lists Of Shame - October

As we enter the final quarter of 2013's Full Disclosure, I was hoping to have all our contributors check out something at least vaguely horror-related knowning that this feature would publish close to Hallowe'en. Well, the trials and tribulations behind... More »
  

5 Reasons to Check Out the Film Independent Forum in LA This Weekend

Film Independent's annual Filmmaker Forum (now just known as the Film Independent Forum) is taking place this weekend at LA's Directors Guild of America. The Forum offers indie filmmakers a chance to meet other likeminded and hardworking individuals as well... More »
  

Review: BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR Does Coming-Of-Age With Phenomenal NSFW Aplomb

A stereotype used to exist in America that European (and especially French) films were all full of gratuitous sex. Back before the internet, VHS tapes, and days of easy access pornography, young boys would sneak into art house cinemas to... More »
  

AMERICAN MUSCLE's Very NSFW Trailer Commands You to Suck The Nub

Hit makers Snowfort Pictures have been on a hot streak lately with Cheap Thrills, Big Ass Spider and Jodorowsky's Dune all hitting the festival circuit in the last year. Up next is Ravi Dhar's directorial debut American Muscle. Currently... More »
  

Review: 12 YEARS A SLAVE Gracefully Examines Our Troubling Past

It certainly isn't easy using cinema to tackle mankind's great atrocities. But when it's done well, a movie can give these horrors the kind of personal connection that allows an audience to digest an event as more than just an... More »
  
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