Born 1971 in Kansas City, Missouri, he began making 8mm animation and video films from elementary through high school. Continuing undergraduate studies at California State University San Diego, Television and Film Department in 1990, Matthew developed professional skills with an emphasis in writing and directing.  Between San Diego and L.A. worked as production manager, writer, and assistant director on various independent projects.  In 1995 he moved to Berlin, Germany, starting a career as a writer with the agency Verlag der Autoren,  Frankfurt, working on both fiction narrative and documentary film productions.  His documentaries include  "Homemade Hillbilly Jam" [co-writer and editor] which has toured theaters and festivals, now in international DVD distribution. His documentary as co-director for ZDF das Kleine Fernsehspeil “Forgetting Dad” [co-director and editor] received the Prädikat besonders wertvoll award, and Special Jury Award at IDFA.   Currently the winner of 2009 Dokuwettbewerb with BR, Telepool, for "Beerland" which he wrote and directed.   The film toured in the festivals, German cinemas 2013, and plays frequently on television.  Matt Sweetwood also a vocal artist and  is currently developing film projects freelance and from his company Sweetwood Films (UG) in Potsdam, Germany.