In 2000, Matthew Leutwyler co-founded the L.A. based production company Ambush Entertainment with partner Miranda Bailey with the philosophy of producing a wide range of original and diverse feature films.
His first film for the company was the award winning comedy-horror-musical Dead & Breakfast starring Jeremy Sisto, Erik Palladino, Portia De Rossi, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Ever Carradine. Since then, Ambush has exec-produced 2005's award-winning critically acclaimed drama The Squid and the Whale; produced the sexually charged comedy The Oh In Ohio starring Parker Posey, Paul Rudd, and Danny DeVito; the sci-fi horror Unearthed; and the comedy Lower Learning with Eva Longoria Parker, Jason Biggs, and Rob Corddry.
Recent films include: Against the Current, with Joseph Fiennes, Mary Tyler Moore and Justin Kirk which Premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up by IFC Films; the Matthew Broderick and Sanaa Lathan drama Wonderful World, distributed by Magnolia Pictures; and Every Day, written and directed by Richard Levine (Nip/Tuck) and starring Helen Hunt, Liev Schreiber, and Carla Gugino which made its World Premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and was recently acquired by Image Entertainment for a January 2011 release.
The company’s latest film, the action comedy Super starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, and Kevin Bacon premiered at the 2010 Toronto Int’l Film Festival where it was the focus of an intense bidding war before being sold to IFC Films for an early 2011 theatrical release.
Leutwyler’s latest directorial endeavors include the adaptation of the acclaimed novel The River Why starring William Hurt, Zach Gilford, Amber Heard, and Kathleen Quinlan and the ensemble drama Answers To Nothing, starring Dane Cook, Elizabeth Mitchell, Julie Benz, and Barbara Hershey currently in post production.
Matthew has also been directing short form work including spots for Chevrolet and most recently a Coke Zero commercial that was a cross promotion with the film Avatar.
Outside of his career as a filmmaker he has worked as a mentor with the Los Angeles based non-profit The Fulfillment Fund, and as an industry professional volunteer working with East Los Angeles youths on short film productions for the Youth Employment Internship Program (YEIP). He is also on the Board of Directors for the non-profit After School Allstars. Leutwyler is repped by Chris Mills at Magnet Management, and attorney David Fox at Myman, Abell, Fineman, Greenspan & Light.
Upon high school graduation I left on a trek to Australia and took along with me a softcover copy of The River Why. It was my constant companion on an adventure that included working on a dairy farm and fishing the various rivers and streams of Victoria's high country. I must have read the book four or five times over the course of my journey, identifying closely with Gus's departure from his home in pursuit of happiness in the wilderness. The book remained a favorite of mine over the years since I returned so naturally when the opportunity came to direct the film version it was a dream come true.