Ben Umstead
East Coast Editor; Los Angeles, California

Born in New England, bred around the Capital Beltway, and schooled in the heart of Hollywood, Ben joined Team Twitch in the summer of 2009 when he moved to NYC. He can once again be found wandering the streets of Los Angeles.

Check Out 5 Exclusive Stills From Midnight Madness Selection THE EDITOR

Ahead of its big premiere tonight at Midnight Madness in Toronto, we've got Five Exclusive stills for you from Matthew Kennedy & Adam Brooks' giallo sendup The Editor. A one-time (and now one-handed) master film editor toiling in the cinematic... More »
  

James Franco Is All Set To RANT

If there are two names that get people flapping and flaming their lips more than most, that'd be renaissance man extraordinaire James Franco and mostly author Chuck Palahniuk. And now since Franco has optioned the rights to Palahniuk's novel Rant,... More »
  

Nothing Is What It Seems In The Trailer For Post-WWII Thriller PHOENIX

For the past 14 years German director Christian Petzold has been steadily building up a reputation as a post-renuifciation master, subverting genre plots and tropes into fascinating and haunting meditations on modern (and the largely still fractured) Germany. But with... More »
  

Beyond Fest Is Back!

Oh, how they grow up so fast. Just last year Beyond Fest was merely a new born suckling at the crusty teet of its six-headed mother from Mars (they need moms). And now, it's walking and talking and throwing shrunken... More »
  

Raindance Film Festival Announces Their 2014 Lineup

Just when you thought it was safe to come to Twitch and not hear about a film festival... wait, when did you ever think that was going to happen? Film festivals are our bread and butter. Anyway... While much of... More »
  

Folklore Of The Blues: 5 Questions With MEMPHIS Director Tim Sutton

There is magic in Memphis. Magic and soul, fear and frustration. Music, passion and a heavenly voice that tilts from the throat of a modern monk on a quest for the divine amongst the derelict.When I first got word of... More »
  

Review: MEMPHIS, A Mesmerizing Meditation On The American South

Dusk. A blue summer day ending on a worn and warm boulevard. The pin prick glow of street lamps dazzle in the distance. A figure lumbers down the block. A hat tipped to one side, he is lost in thought.... More »
  

THE ABCs OF DEATH 2 Red-Band Trailer Will Make You Want To Play Dead

Certainly one of the most festive and inventive collaborative efforts going these days, The ABCs Of Death pits 26 established and up and coming filmmakers with a letter of the alphabet and a death that corresponds to said letter. And... More »
  

Twitch Film Celebrates 10 Years

A decade is an absolute eternity online, a marker that I certainly never thought I'd reach when registering the first domain for Twitch ten years ago now, and yet here we are. Honestly, I never thought much of anything about... More »
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Big Talk, Bigger Stakes In The Trailer For Zvyagintsev's LEVIATHAN

While Andrey Zvyaginstev has only made a handful of feature films over the last decade (The Return being a personal favorite), he's made everyone of them count, and none perhaps more so than his latest, Leviathan. Charting great buzz out... More »
  

Watch The U.S. Trailer For Palme d'Or Winner WINTER SLEEP

Equally hailed and disregarded for a plethora of reasons that could probably fill its near 3 and a half hour running time, Nuri Belge Ceylan, Turkey's preeminent filmmaker on the international stage, nonetheless walked away from this year's Cannes with... More »
  

Fantastic Fest Second Wave Of Films Announced, NIGHTCRAWLER To Close

As I will be attending my very first Fantastic Fest in but a few weeks, I now feel, more than ever, that it is my duty to present news on the fest (not that I wasn't willing to before). So,... More »
  

Film 4 FrightFest 2014: Watch The Day Five Video Diary

The final day of FrightFest has come and gone, and so those fine festival folk have this wrap up video to share.This time out there's coverage for Nymph: as festival director Alan Jones calls it "The Little Mermaid done as... More »
  

Watch The Gorgeous Promo For Venice Selection THE POSTMAN'S WHITE NIGHTS

Other worldly. Out of time. Languid. Uncanny. Meditative. These are all fine and easy ways to describe the promo reel for veteran Russian-American director Andrei Konchalovsky's latest, The Postman's White Nights, which will be playing in competition at Venice early... More »
  

Film 4 FrightFest 2014: Watch The Day Three Video Diary

More goodies from FrightFest TV on all things gory, ghouly, ghostly and gangly. Yes, it's day three of FrightFest 2014, with coverage and interviews for The Harvest, The Babadook, The Sleeping Room, Starry Eyes, Digging Up The Marrow, plus a... More »
  

Exclusive Trailer Premiere: Pregnancy's A Real Bitch In SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY

After a successful festival run that included awards from Indie Memphis and Boston Underground, Drew Tobia's feature debut See You Next Tuesday is getting a multi-platorm and multi-tiered release from Devolver Digital Films. And we've got the exclusive debut of... More »
  

Now Streaming: Sono Sion's Hard-hitting HIMIZU

As always here at Twitch, it's one of our goals to keep cinephiles, and casual viewers alike, abreast of where the river known as cinema flows, and more than ever, we are finding that its toward the world of... More »
  

Review: THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT, A Masterclass In Minimalism, From A Newcomer

While cinema acts as a temporal artifice like no other medium out there, films that capture the absolute spark of a moment -- the Nowness of a breath or a look -- for all to experience at a further moment,... More »
  

Review: WAR STORY, A Devastating Study Of Conflict, From Within

Mark Jackson did not so much as burst forth onto the independent film scene in 2011 with his brilliant first feature Without. Rather he made a careful set of imprints and impressions, distinct and measured, over the entire year on... More »
  

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Comic-Con Trailer Revs Up

George Miller's return to action cinema was so triumphant at Comic-Con this weekend, that Warner Bros. just decided to share this first look trailer with those of us that sit beyond the walls of Hall H. The trailer is awesome.... More »
  
 
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