Ben joined Team Twitch in the summer of 2009 when he moved to NYC. There he established an east coast conglomerate of writers for the site. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he works as a producer and script consultant.
Sundance is all wrapped up and we've links to all of our reviews and features below plus some wrap up style questions. Check it out below. As many of you know, the Sundance 2016 experience will be remembered by the... More »
Nathan Williams' debut feature steps onto the independent film stage with the calm, steady aim of a confident marksman ready to make the shot. A meticulously crafted tale of government secrets and whistle blowers in a post Edward Snowden world,... More »
As Park City experiences its first substantial snowfall all week, The 2016 Sundance Film Festival comes to its penultimate day, capping off a morning and afternoon of movie watching with an awards ceremony for some of those very movies.Winners tonight... More »
Tonight saw the 22nd Annual Slamdance Film Festival come to a close with filmmakers packing every inch of the Treasure Mountain Inn's ballroom for the awards ceremony. Top winners include my personal favorite from the festival, Driftwood, which won the... More »
Sometimes you just have to get away. Far, far away. Sometimes you can't see the forest for the trees. And sometimes those trees seem to get to talking to you. Fuck.Filmmakers Daniel Martinico & Hugo Armstrong came to Slamdance in... More »
When we talk about ourselves we are building the conversation off a varied, often strange and impressionistic collection of moments stored over the culminating years of our lives. When we talk about ourselves, we talk about our memories. The time... More »
Close your eyes. Picture the scenes: You gotta keep your head down. She runs hers hands through your hair; it must feel like walking barefoot on freshly cut grass, it's so short. The burnt orange dye bleeds into your scalp. You... More »
Since 1959, the city of Chicago has seen some of the world's greatest comedic forces born and bred at The Second City sketch comedy improvisation workshop. Talent as varied as Joan Rivers to Dan Castellaneta have risen from their ranks,... More »
Finding deeply thoughtful and rich Sci-fi for the big and small screen always seems like an up hill battle. Even with more adult fare like Ex Machina finding audiences, this kind of work is once in a blue moon.Enter: Embers,... More »
Against the onslaught of the crashing surf we arise into a world of soft, foaming white. From a distance, we can make out an approaching figure. Soon we see it's a she, a young woman, soaked to the bone, shivering... More »
Performance>Perfection>Breakdown. No. That's not right. Run the film again. What do we see: A woman in her late twenties, dark hair, big eyes, tall; walking down the halls of a TV station. Take the splicer to the footage. Chop it in... More »
There is a lure to the film camera that is almost primal. It draws you in, ever closer, a potent combo of machine and magic. Pressed against your ear, your cheek, the click-whir miracle of celluloid is god calling you... More »
Robert G. Putka has built up a smart and sharp filmography of shorts over the last half decade, emphasizing rich, rude and raw performances, deriving his drama and comedy with character first. MAD, his feature debut, is as charming as... More »
Tomorrow, the Slamdance Film Festival returns to the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah for its 22nd edition. Chock full of indie gumption and DIY brass from across the globe, the "For filmmakers by filmmakers" festival features a film... More »
On Monday, we introduced you to a slew of first-time feature filmmakers from the 22nd Slamdance Film Festival, taking place in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn, January 22nd-28th,We continue today with a fresh batch of filmmaker Q&As... More »
The reason I consider the Slamdance Film Festival a high priority on the fest circuit can be summed up in one word: Discovery.While most press mention fest alumni like Christopher Nolan, The Russo Brothers and Lena Dunham, I'd like to... More »
What is it about childhood that makes us adults so wary of who we once were? Perhaps it is that great fear of the unknown; a shadow, a whisper of adulthood, that as children scares us into submission of these... More »
Here at TwitchFilm, we are pleased to feature contributions from dozens of people located all over the world, writing about the movies that intrigue, confound, anger, and delight them. While that makes us a distinctive site, it also makes it... More »
Everybody Wants Some, from Richard Linklater, is the 'spiritual sequel' to his 1993 cult classic Dazed And Confused. Where the earlier film was about high schoolers in the mid 1970s on the last day of class, this new one takes... More »
(Yay, we've gathered the troops, yet managed to avoid spoilers!) A week ago Star Wars: The Force Awakens landed with a planetary surface-shattering impact, and it was an event too big to ignore for us here at TwitchFilm. Hell, most... More »
Ah, tattoos. Some are ugly, some are gobsmackingly beautiful. Me, I don't have any. Mother nature has seen fit to adorn the canvas which covers me with a wide variety of birthmarks, lumps and hairs, and frankly I'm worried about the amount of plastic surgery necessary to clear a spot...
What's extraordinary about The Last Detail is how ordinary it is. Three sailors on a road trip. In an era replete with road trips. And a time when military characters in movies were most often objects of ridicule or pity. Yet the sailors in The Last Detail are, instead, embodied...
A few days after the end of the Sundance Film Festival, but here at last are the latest Twitchvision posts, talking Swiss Army Man, Operation Avalanche, Manchester By the Sea, Birth Of A Nation and more....
Like most fans of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I found the relationship between John Boyega's Finn and Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron to be one of the film's most charming aspects. As soon as they'd uttered their enthusiastically mutual "nice to meet you's!" in the stolen TIE Fighter, I would...
Last week, Jane Got a Gun premiered, and both Bone Tomahawk and The Hateful Eight are still on their world tours. The so-called "westerns" are no longer as rare as they used to be. Clearly, that genre is currently decades removed from its heydays, be it the American fairy-tale heroics...