In 2001, 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, Portia De Rossi, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. 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 comedy Lower Learning with Eva Longoria Parker, Jason Biggs, and Rob Corddry for Starz Entertainment. 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.
Recently, Leutwyler and Bailey teamed with Virginia Madsen and Karly Meola’s Title IX to develop and produce a feature based on Martha O’Connor’s best selling novel The Bitch Posse to be directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight). Additionally they are Executive Producing the 3D horror comedy Hellbenders. The film is being co-produced with Circle of Confusion (AMC’s The Walking Dead).
Leutwyler’s latest directorial endeavors include the adaptation of the acclaimed novel The River Why starring Academy Award winner William Hurt, Zach Gilford, Amber Heard, and Kathleen Quinlan.
Matthew has also been directing short form work including spots for Chevrolet and Coke Zero.
After receiving her BA in psychology, Amanda relocated from New York to Los Angeles in 2001, where she also made the switch from education to the entertainment field. She is currently a producer at Ambush Entertainment where she has co-produced a number of films including THE RIVER WHY with Zach Guilford and Amber Heard, EVERY DAY starring Helen Hunt and Liev Schreiber and SUPER with Rainn Wilson, and Ellen Page. In addition, Amanda was Executive Producer on GREENLIT, a documentary about the greening of the film industry, as well as Producer of a number of award-winning narrative and documentary shorts. Most recently she produced the indie drama ANSWERS TO NOTHING, starring Dane Cook and Elizabeth Mitchell.
Sim Sarna is a graduate of the top ranked University of Southern California's school of Cinematic Arts. He has worked as an in-house production coordinator for New Line Cinema as well as in development for Robert Redford's Wildwood Enterprises and FX Networks before landing a highly coveted position as a development executive for TITANIC and AVATAR producer/director, James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment. He has since ventured out on his own to become an independent producer. His other producing credits include WINTER BREAK starring Milo Ventimiglia (HEROES) and Anna Faris, and LOWER LEARNING starring Eva Longoria, Jason Biggs and HANGOVER star, Ed Helms.
Gillian Vigman is an actress, writer, former waitress. She grew up in New Jersey and eventually moved to Chicago to study improvisation and comedy at Improv Olympic and the Second City. After touring with the Second City National Touring Company and understudying the mainstages of Second City, Gill moved to Los Angeles. She's enjoyed working on such shows as MadTV, Sons & Daughters, and most recently on The Defenders. You can see Gilian for under a minute in movies like, "The Hangover," "The 40 Year-Old Virgin," and "Step Brothers." Answers to Nothing is the first film she's co-written that has made it to the big screen.
David Robert Jones is from Michigan, started his filmmaking career in Chicago, and now lives in Los Angeles where he has been the cinematographer for movies, commercials, television, and music videos. His feature work includes the comedy “Lower Learning”, which was directed by Mark Lafferty, and stars Jason Biggs and Eva Longoria. He recently shot the movie "Gay Dude" for Lionsgate and director Chris Nelson.
He has been working with some fantastic commercial directors on spots for Honda, Nike, Gatorade, Audi, Mcdonalds, Fed Ex and others. David has also done some television work. He shot the ABC pilot for “This Might Hurt” directed by Jason Winer. And more recently he did the pilot, and now NBC series, "Best Friends Forever" directed by Fred Savage.
David has won awards for his cinematography on the films “Tender As Hellfire” and “Pop Foul.” He loves being a cinematographer, and more than anything he loves to collaborate with great people on creative and thoughtful projects.