Accelerated Matter was founded by filmmaker Matthew Leutwyler to focus on the development and production of socially relevant, commercially viable entertainment that explores issues of human rights, science & technology, and social change.
After studying film at The San Francisco Art Institute, Leutwyler wrote and directed the cult-comedy/horror/musical DEAD & BREAKFAST (SXSW 2004), starring Jeremy Sisto, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and David Carradine. The film won over a dozen audience and best film awards around the world and was nominated for a prestigious Saturn Award. Since then he has produced or exec produced THE OH IN OHIO starring Parker Posey & Paul Rudd; LOWER LEARNING with Eva Longoria, Jason Biggs, & Rob Corddry; AGAINST THE CURRENT with Joseph Fiennes and Justin Kirk (Sundance 2009); the Matthew Broderick, Sanaa Lathan drama WONDERFUL WORLD (Tribeca 2010); and EVERY DAY, starring Helen Hunt, and Liev Schreiber (Tribeca 2011).
In the past few years, Leutwyler directed the adaptation of the acclaimed novel THE RIVER WHY (Mill Valley 2010) starring William Hurt, Zach Gilford, and Amber Heard. He also exec produced James Gunn’s SUPER (Toronto 2012) starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page; and the comedy-drama THE GIRL MOST LIKELY, starring Kristen Wiig and Annette Benning (Toronto 2011). Additionally, he wrote & directed the ensemble drama ANSWERS TO NOTHING starring Dane Cook, Barbara Hershey, and Julie Benz.
2014 saw the release of the food documentary SPINNING PLATES, produced by Leutwyler. The film won numerous festivals including Santa Barbara, Vail, and Austin. After a successful theatrical run and critical praise, the film stayed in the top 10 of docs on iTunes for four months.
Leutwyler co-founded the theatrical distributor The Film Arcade in 2012. For two years, he worked on the marketing of a dozen films including Sundance winner and Indie Spirit Award nominee AFTERNOON DELIGHT starring Kathryn Hahn and Jane Lynch, as well as other Sundance entries THE OTHER DREAM TEAM, and A.C.O.D. with Amy Poehler, and Adam Scott. Matthew departed the company in 2014 to concentrate his efforts back on production.
November will see the release of Leutwyler’s most recent directorial effort, the sci-fi drama UNCANNY, with Mark Webber, Lucy Griffiths, and Rainn Wilson. The film has been critically praised on the festival circuit. Sight & Sound Magazine said the film was “written with sharp brilliance and performed with perfect nuance.” And Ain’t-It-Cool-News described it as “the kind of movie you want to talk about afterward. A rare breed of thoughtful, independent science fiction.”
Currently, he is developing DEAD WATERS, a thriller set against the world of Nigerian oil piracy, and a “modern Western” about Don Alejo Tamez, a 77 year old rancher, whose stand off with a Mexican cartel led to 3 hour gun battle over his property. He is also producing the off-center coming-of-age film GOOD AFTER BAD starring Billy Burke, Maddie Hasson, and Melora Walters. The film begins principal photography September 1 in Houston.
Matthew has also directed spots for Chevy Volt and Coke Zero and a music video for Egyptian (Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds’s side project).
Outside of his career as a filmmaker Leutwyler works as a mentor with the Los Angeles based non-profit The Young Storytellers Foundation. He is also the founder of We Are Limitless, which is moving children out of orphanages in Rwanda and the Congo and into boarding schools. Leutwyler travels to check on the student’s progress 3 to 4 times a year, supplying them with healthcare and other basic needs while promoting critical thinking and independence.