Matt Lauterbach

Matt Lauterbach is a documentary filmmaker and editor, an educational media developer, and an advocate for accessible media. He crafts engaging non-fiction content for classrooms, museums, and the big screen.

As Post Production Manager at Kartemquin Films from 2012 to 2014, Matt and his five-person team escorted nine films safely to release. Matt served as Post Supervisor of The Trials of Muhammad Ali; as an Editor of American Arab; as Co-Editor of Saving Mes Aynak; and as Editor of Unbroken Glass. He also played a key role in the inception of ’63 Boycott, a Kartemquin project that began as an exhibit video and expanded into an Oscar shortlisted documentary short. Matt continues to freelance for Kartemquin, and is currently contributing to For the Left Hand as Co-Editor and to Tres Fridas as Editor. Other notable credits include There Are Jews Here for 371 Productions and the upcoming Still Mississippi for o'connor/creative. 

Before delving into the world of documentary storytelling, Matt taught history and psychology to teens at Curie Metro High School in Chicago; created interactive maps for use in science and history classrooms; and helped develop the “Lincoln Transformed” and “Facing Freedom” exhibitions at the Chicago History Museum. He continues to teach whenever he gets the chance, most recently as Filmmaker-in-Residence at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library.

In 2019, Matt launched a consulting initiative called All Senses Go, which is dedicated to advocacy and education within the film community by highlighting the importance of captions, description, and accessible events for all audiences. He also collaborates with Reveca Torres of Backbones Online and artist Grishma Shah to bring the ReelAbilities Disability Film Festival to venues across Chicago; and periodically produces media for an interactive multimedia website called Beyond Blind: A Guide for the Sighted, which addresses common misconceptions and stereotypes about blindness.

Films by Matt Lauterbach

For The Left Hand 2021
'63 Boycott 2017
Additional Editor
Unbroken Glass 2016
Editor, Written By
Raising Bertie 2016
Additional Kartemquin Staff
In the Game 2015
Post-Production Manager
Hard Earned 2015
Kartemquin Films Staff
Saving Mes Aynak 2014
Co-Editor and Post Production Manager
The Homestretch 2014
Additional post production, Additional Kartemquin Films staff
Almost There 2014
Post-Production Supervisor at Kartemquin
Life Itself 2014
Additional Kartemquin Staff
American Arab 2013
The Trials of Muhammad Ali 2013
Post-Production Supervisor and Additional Editing
A Good Man 2011
Transcription, Interns/Production Assistants
In the Family 2008
Kartemquin Interns/Production Assitants