BLACK LABEL MEDIA (BLM) was formed in 2013 by partners Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill to finance and produce bold films with commercial appeal.
“Sicario,” nominated for three Academy Awards in the categories Cinematography, Score and Sound Editing, was directed by Denis Villeneuve (“Prisoners”) and stars Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin.
“Demolition,” celebrated its World Premiere opening night at Toronto Film Festival in September 2015. The film, directed by Jean Marc Vallée (“Dallas Buyer’s Club”) stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, and is slated for release in Spring 2016 through Fox Searchlight.
Black Label’s “’71,” starring Jack O’Connell was released in February 2015 to critical acclaim. The film was directed by Yann Demange and premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014.
Black Label premiered Philippe Falardeau’s “The Good Lie” at Toronto Film Festival in the fall of 2014. The film stars Reese Witherspoon and was inspired by true events surrounding the Sudanese Civil War. Black Label Media financed and produced “The Good Lie” with Imagine Entertainment, and Warner Bros. released the film in the fall of 2014.
In 2014, BLM acquired an interest in “Begin Again,” written and directed by John Carney and starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. The film was released in the summer of 2014.
Black Label co-financed and Executive Produced the Academy Award-winning “La La Land” with Lionsgate. In the Spring of 2016, Black Label financed and produced “Rebel in the Rye,” the story of the life and mind of the legendary and secretive author J.D. Salinger. This marked the directorial debut for Danny Strong (writer of “The Butler” and “Hunger Games: Mockingjay.”) Nicholas Hoult and Kevin Spacey star in the film, which premiered at Sundance 2017 and was released by IFC.
Sony recently released “Only the Brave,” directed by Joseph Kosinski. The film is based on true events about the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a specialized team of wildland firefighters who lost their lives trying to save an Arizona town in one of the deadliest wildfires in history. The film stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, and Jennifer Connelly. “12 Strong,” produced by BLM and Jerry Bruckheimer, was released earlier this year. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and Michael Peña.
On June 29th, Sony released “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” starring Benecio Del Toro and Josh Brolin. Black Label’s most recent production “Sierra Burgess is a Loser,” a modern retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac story, is available now on Netflix.