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.

Cannes 2015 Review: MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART Displays Creative Artistry But Flawed Vision

Director Jia Zhang-ke is a big fan of segmented narratives. His last film, A Touch of Sin, was an anthology of sorts tackling different stories surrounding the larger topic of the the modernization of Chinese culture. In his latest film,... More »
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Cannes 2015 Review: AMY Beautifully Celebrates A Wonderful And Tragic Life

Every so often a film will come along that redefines an entire genre of cinema. A film that excels so completely the result is any similar film gets compared to it for years to come. In 2010, Asif Kapadia did... More »
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Cannes 2015 Review: GREEN ROOM Doesn't Pull A Single Punch

Some gigs really aren't worth taking. That's a maxim that the members of broke touring punk band Ain't Rights probably haven't heard of and certainly aren't going to adhere to when they get offered $350 to play a backwater skinhead... More »
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Cannes 2015 Review: THE ANARCHISTS Cares Not For Your Bourgeois Cinematic Ideals

How do you say "awards-bait" in French? Take two of the hottest young stars in France, team them up with a rising star director, and then give them a period topic with obvious shades of hot button current events. The... More »
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Seattle Int'l Film Fest 2015: Twitch Picks 10 Can't-Miss Films

While much of the film world has their attention turned to the first full day of the Cannes Film Festival, there is a much bigger film festival kicking off today in the Pacific Northwest. That's bigger in sheer number of... More »
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Cannes 2015 Preview: Un Certain Regard & Out Of Competition Official

Our Cannes previews wrap up today with a quick look at a few of the films playing under the Un Certain Regard banner and a quick tour of the official out of competition selections. You can check back a few... More »
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Cannes 2015 Preview: Critics Week & Directors Fortnight

If you didn't catch last week's preview of the Cannes 2015 Palme d'Or Competition, go check that out now. Today we continue our Cannes coverage with a preview of the sidebar Director's Fortnight and Critic's Week programs. These are a... More »
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LA Film Fest 2015 Lineup Announced

Spring is in the air and that means that the good folks at Film Independent have been hard at work putting together their lineup for the upcoming LA Film Fest. The downtown festival runs June 10-18 and features some new... More »
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Stanley Film Fest 2015: Wrapped Up In Photos

The 2015 third edition of the Stanley Film Fest has come and gone and it was without a doubt, another huge success. The good folks at the Denver Film Society have again curated a super enjoyable "horror-film summer camp" with... More »
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Stanley Film Fest 2015 Preview: TwitchFilm's Top 10 Picks

We've made no secret of our fondness for the upstart Stanley Film Fest. Taking place at the historic Stanley Hotel (famous as Stephen King's inspiration for The Shining) in Estes Park, Colorado, Stanley has quickly become the premier destination horror... More »
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Audiard, Kore-Eda, Van Sant Among Strong Cannes 2015 Official Lineup

The Cannes Film Festival announced their official lineup today with all the pomp and circumstance fitting the French fest. Our own Ben Croll was there and will have a full report along with many more details on the films picked.... More »
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Dallas 2015: SOME BEASTS Poster Debut

The Dallas International Film Fest kicked off last night and today sees the first full day of screenings. One of the films making its premiere tonight is Cameron Nelson's Some Beasts and we've got the debut of the film's very... More »
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Stanley Film Fest 2015: COOTIES Will Open Colorado Fest

We've made it pretty clear we are big fans of the Stanley Film Fest over the last few announcements of the Film Lineup and the Events Lineup. Today brings one more piece of news and it's that Cooties will be... More »
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Stanley Film Fest 2015: THE FINAL GIRLS, THE INVITATION, WE ARE STILL HERE Lead Solid Horror Lineup

Quickly becoming the most exciting festival on the Spring fest lineup, Colorado's Stanley Film Fest announced the meat of their program today and it is juicy. The closing night film will be Todd Strauss-Schulson's SXSW hit The Final Girls (pictured)... More »
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LA Asian Pacific Film Fest 2015: Full Lineup Released

The LA Asian Pacific Film Festival has reached its 31st year (!) of bringing films from the API community to Southern California. This year's lineup continues that tradition with a diverse array of films from all around the Pacific Rim.... More »
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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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