Marc Lesser is a Producer, Director, Editor and DP based in New York City. Recent projects include directing two episodes of the Emmy Award Winning remake of "The Electric Company," shooting The Cooking Channel's new series, "Foodcrafters," and producing a variety of pieces for NBC Universal's Digital Network. He recently created Lucky Tiger Productions, a boutique production company headquartered in Manhattan.
In 2000, Matthew Leutwyler co-founded Ambush Entertainment; a Los Angeles based independent film development and production company, with the philosophy of producing a wide range of original and diverse feature films.
Matthew Leutwyler was born in San Francisco where he studied film at the San Francisco Art Institute. Matthew's first feature film, the black comedy Road Kill, was produced on a $180,000 budget. The Daily Variety called Road Kill "A breezy entertaining ride...A jaunty trip with a good balance of dark comedy and legitimate drama." Road Kill premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival where it won the Audience Choice Award for best feature film.
After leaving The Bay Area and moving to Los Angeles, Leutwyler co-founded Ambush Entertainment. 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 produced 2005's award-winning critically acclaimed drama The Squid and the Whale; 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. The company's latest film is the action comedy Super starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, and Kevin Bacon.
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.
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). Leutwyler is repped by Chris Mills at Magnet Management, and attorney David Fox at Myman, Abell, Fineman, Greenspan & Light.
Amanda Marshall has a BA in psychology and grew up in New York where she worked in the education field. After moving to Los Angeles in 2001, she made the switch to entertainment. A Production Executive at Ambush Entertainment, she has co-produced a number of features, including The River Why with Zach Gilford and Amber Heard, Every Day starring Helen Hunt and Liev Schreiber and Super with Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page. Most recently she produced the indie drama Answers to Nothing, starring Dane Cook and Elizabeth Mitchell.