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.

LA Film Fest 2014 Review: UNCERTAIN TERMS, Between Romance And Delusion

We are walking down a serene wooded path. With our back to us is a redheaded girl, her hair in a long, tight braid, her shoulders slumped forward. She's walking through the woods as if she's pondering her very existence;... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2014: Twitch Picks 15 Can't Miss Films

LA Film Fest kicks off tonight with the North American premiere of Snowpiercer (yes, finally). And while that film is old news to much of the world, there are quite a few brand spanking new films from this year's crop... More »
  

Refn's Next Will Be I WALK WITH THE DEAD

Those most eager for a new film by Nicolas Winding Refn have no doubt been aware of the title I Walk With The Dead. It's been one of the Dane's long discussed projects, an all-female horror flick, that at one... More »
  

Japan Cuts 2014 Serves Up An Eclectic, Enticing Slate

Partnered as always with your NYC go-to for summer movie madness, the New York Asian Film Festival, Japan Cuts' full lineup of fresh or rare Japanese films is, on its own, always something to talk about, and never something to... More »
  

Crowdfund This! Political Drama BEFORE THE SPRING

What's fantastic about exploring the bevy of crowd-sourced film projects out there is just the sheer variety of the work that is being proposed. It is, in many ways, quite invigorating. Of course, quality and content is a concern when... More »
  

Crowdfund This! Horror Anthology THE MORTUARY COLLECTION

Ladies and gentlemen, here we have pretty much a no-brainer for Crowdfund This! at Twtich.A horror project that promises to be both scary and fun? Check.A project backed by some industry veterans and Twitch favorites? Check.A project with a killer,... More »
  

This Fresh BORGMAN Clip Is Just Sink, No Swim, And All Awesome

Much praise has been heaped upon Alex van Warmerdam's Borgman, which bowed at Cannes last year, and where our own Brian Clark had this to say:Many will likely make comparisons between Borgman and another off-kilter descent into insulated evil, Dogtooth.... More »
  

New York Asian Film Fest Will Own Your Summer!

If you're a New York cinephile then today is the day you basically will much of your summer away to the guys at Subway Cinema, as they've announced the full line up for the 2014 edition of NYAFF.Chock full of... More »
  

LA Happenings: Herzog's NOSFERATU Haunts The Cinefamily In 35mm

Werner Herzog's take on the infamous Nosferatu is one of those rare instances where the remake of a seminal cinematic work (in this case F.W. Murnau's in 1922) is equally as mesmerizing as the first go-around. What's more is that... More »
  

COMMUNITY Is Cancelled

Community has been through so much over its five year run -- from lead cast members departing to the firing and rehiring of creator Dan Harmon as showrunner -- that cancellation, oddly enough, seemed to be less and less likely... More »
  

New York Asian Film Festival 2014 Gets Into Gear With First Titles

From the bowels of Subway Cinema and their more haughty brethren at The Film Society Of Lincoln comes the first rumblings of the 13th edition of the New York Asian Film Festival, otherwise known as NYAFF. If you're a regular... More »
  

Crowdfund This! Nathan Silver's Black Comedy STINKING HEAVEN

[UPDATE: With ten hours left in the campaign STINKING HEAVEN has less than $1,000 to reach their goal. If it's any incentive to give 'em that final push, Nathan Silver's fourth feature UNCERTAIN TERMS will be world premiering next month... More »
  

Now Stomping Across The World: Original GODZILLA Instills Nuclear Fear

The mighty roar still causes goose-pimples. An angry, desperate, anguished cry against the inhumanity of man, the original Godzilla (Gojira) remains a powerful drama. In honor of the film's 60th anniversary, Rialto Pictures is touring Godzilla: The Japanese Original across... More »
  

LA Film Festival Announces 2014 Lineup

The Los Angeles Film Festival is turning 20 this year, and to celebrate, the fine folks at Film Independent have quite the whopper of a line up. Bong Joon-ho's hotly anticipated science fiction actioner Snowpiercer opens the fest, which runs... More »
  

Newport Beach 2014 Review: THIS LAST LONELY PLACE, A Fine Tuned, Pitch Dark Noir

Picture it: The gun in the lap of a beautiful dame. A once powerful man hounded by the shadows of his triumphs. The cabbie with a kind heart and worn eyes. A fresh start. That last trick. The final score.... More »
  

Trailer For Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD Charts Just That

An easy like during this year's Sundance was Richard Linklater's latest, and long in the works, Boyhood, which saw the Dazed And Confused helmer shoot the same cast over a 12 year period to chronicle the trials and triumphs (and... More »
  

Review: MOONE BOY Season 2 Is Very Fecking Good

Tales of boyhood, of one's family, and one's town, are a down right staple in TV Land. From Leave It To Beaver to The Wonder Years, it seems that every decade of television must have at least one iconic male-centered... More »
  

Review: SOFT IN THE HEAD, A Drama That Hits Hard, Harder, Hardest

Filmmaker Nathan Silver's cinema is a cinema of people. Hard and foul and furious and loveable and resilient people.Now I know that may seem like a rather odd statement to make, when, after all cinema is full of people. But... More »
  

Tribeca 2014: Twitch Raises The Curtain With 17 Must-Sees

Spring has most certainly arrived in The Big Apple (finally), which means so has the Tribeca Film Festival. Now in its 13th year, the fest kicks off tonight with Time Is Illmatic, multimedia artist One9's documentary on Nas' landmark album... More »
  

Series Preview: Art Of The Real Tests The Boundaries Of Documentary Filmmaking

Film Society of Lincoln Center's inaugural film series Art of the Real - a showcase for nonfiction films that pushes the farthest boundaries of documentary filmmaking, is for me, one of the most exciting film series I have had the... More »
  
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