VOYAGE LA INTERVIEW - Matthew Leutwyler

Thanks for sharing your story with us Matthew. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In June of 2012, I took time off from my production company and with my friend Nichols St. Louis, traveled to Rwanda to volunteer at the Noel Orphanage in Gysenyi. The trip’s impact on my life cannot be easily explained. Nearly 600 children were living in the orphanage and though the facility is run by some truly caring people they are tremendously understaffed and lacking in access to food, clothing and education. Surprisingly the spirit of these children is off the charts.

Most people know of Rwanda because of the 1994 genocide and so I think they would be surprised to hear that the country has done a remarkable job of healing its wounds and turning towards the future with a surprising measure of optimism. The government has moved to eliminate the labels associated with a tribal identity and successfully rallied the country under the unifying Rwandan banner. MORE...

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Deadline Hollywood: Alex Karpovsky Circling Male Lead In ‘Claire’, Opposite Jena Malone

Girls alum Alex Karpovsky is in advanced negotiations to star in Claire, Rilean Pictures’ remake of Éric Rohmer’s 1982 French comedy Le Beau Mariage (“The Good Marriage”). Karpovsky would star opposite Jena Malone in a story centered on an eccentric twentysomething woman living in Long Island with her aunt and teenage cousin. Fed up with her married lover, a painter named Simon, Claire decides to get married herself, deciding upon a man she barely knows (Karpovsky), her best friend Katherine’s cousin. An absurd and humiliating quest to find love and a husband, but not necessarily in that order, follows. The narrative feature debut from director Dori Oskowitz, Claire is written Juan Iglesias and Jonathan Saba. Iglesias and Saba are producing, along with Accelerated Matter’s Matt Leutwyler. MORE...


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Sci-Fi Magazine Interview: Matthew Leutwyler & Shahin Chandrasoma

"In the early 1980's, on one of our visits back to the motherland, I met Arthur C. Clarke," recalls the 38-year-old urologist (Chandrasoma), whose family immigrated to the United States when he was an infant.  "He had the first computer I had ever seen, and there was this low-res, pixelated graphic of King Tut's face on it, which was basically the first picture file I ever saw. Clarke - and specifically 2001: A Space Odyssey and Childhood's End - remains an inspiration because of the scope of his work. His protagonist is rarely and individual; rather, he plots the story arc of humanity as an evolving species."

That inspiration and influence is evident in Uncanny, a thought provoking feature penned by Chandrasoma.

"Uncanny requires the viewer to commit to following both the story and the characters' interactions, hopefully engaging the observer in the overarching question of what it means to be human," asserts director Matthew Leutwyler, who like Chandrasoma cites 2001 as an influence, as well as Star Wars and Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land. "Of course, this isn't a novel question. Philosophers like Descartes and Kant have debated it for centuries, but now as we head deeper into the development of artificial intelligence [AI] the answers that we have leaned on are becoming murkier. The characteristics that we thought separated us from other species may not be unique 10 to 20 years from now. Unless, of course, you consider AI as simply the next step in human evolution."

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