Twitch (film)

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Directed by Leah Meyerhoff
Produced by Sean Warner
Written by Leah Meyerhoff
Starring Emma Galvin
Peter Corrie
Toni Meyerhoff
Edited by Leah Meyerhoff
Release date
January 25, 2005
Running time
10 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Twitch is a Student Academy Award-nominated short film directed by Leah Meyerhoff.

Twitch kicked off the film festival circuit by winning a Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance and going on to screen in over 200 film festivals worldwide. Twitch has since won over a dozen international awards and is currently airing on the Independent Film Channel and Skandinavia TV.


Twitch tells the story of a young girl torn between two worlds: her domestic life, where she must care for her mother who uses a wheelchair, and her escape into the emerging world of sexuality with her eager, hormone-addled boyfriend. Leah's mother plays the Mother role in an essentially autobiographical role for the filmmaker. The making of the film was a component of the IFC series Film School, chronicling the first time filmmaking efforts of four New York University graduate film school students.[1]


  • Emma Galvin as Daughter
  • Peter Corrie as Boyfriend
  • Toni Meyerhoff as Mother


  • Student Academy Awards — Finalist
  • Slamdance — Honorable Mention
  • Avignon Film Festival — Best American Short
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival — Honorable Mention
  • Golden Star Shorts Fest — Best of Fest
  • Golden Star Shorts Fest — Best Narrative Short
  • Brooklyn International Disability Film Festival — Best Short
  • Scottsdale International Film Festival — Best Student Short
  • West Chester Film Festival — Best Female Director
  • Berkeley Film Festival — Grand Festival Award
  • Rebel Film Festival — Best Experimental Short
  • Brown Emerging Filmmakers — Best Drama
  • Ole Muddy Film Festival — First Place
  • Harry M. Warner Film Festival — Third Place
  • Sound Space — Post Award
  • Calgary International Film Festival — Honorable Mention
  • California Independent Film Festival — Best Mini Short Nominee
  • Swansea Bay Film Festival — Best Drama Nominee
  • Pawky Little Film Contest — Finalist
  • Trenton Film Festival — Best Actress Nominee



Doug Brunell of Film Threat gave Twitch three stars, saying that "Twitch is a story about fear, love, and an uncertain future. Meyerhoff has secured her place in film with this short movie. She's done a story that is as honest as it is touching. Her ability to sum up a young girl's life in ten minutes is remarkable."[2]

Virginia Heffernan of The New York Times wrote that "Leah is an artsy American"[3] and Elaine Mak of New England Film said that "award-winning director Leah Meyerhoff has built up a large list of accomplishments as a filmmaker."[4]

Jennifer Modenessi of the Contra Costa Times said that "when the story is as good as filmmaker Leah Meyerhoff's, you can't help but be drawn in"[5] and Ben Beard of Film Monthly said that "Twitch is a hard but impressive little film. The travails of growing up, the immense pain of post-adolescence, the terror of the big nasty world resting just outside our windows: Twitch augers in the universal places of hurt in the human brain. We can take solace that Meyerhoff is now working on her first feature-length film. Twitch shows great promise; we now must wait for Meyerhoff's talents to fully bloom."[6]


  1. ^ Rhonda Stewart (September 8, 2004). "IFC Show Focuses on Stressed Out Filmmakers". Boston Globe. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ Doug Brunell. "Twitch at Film Threat". Film Threat. Retrieved July 25, 2007. 
  3. ^ Virginia Heffernan (September 10, 2004). "For Would-Be Scorseses The Streets Are Truly Mean". The New York Times. Retrieved July 25, 2007. 
  4. ^ Elaine Mak. "Team Queen Makes Her Arrival". New England Film. Retrieved July 25, 2007. 
  5. ^ Jennifer Modenessi. "Filmmaker's Project Gets Personal". Contra Costa Times. Retrieved July 25, 2007. 
  6. ^ Ben Beard. "The Indies". Film Monthly. Retrieved July 25, 2007. 

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