Founded in August 2014, Madbrook Films is a New York City development and production company led by Emmy-winning producer/director Madeleine Sackler (The Lottery, Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus) and actor/director Boyd Holbrook (Narcos, Gone Girl, A Walk Among the Tombstones). Fueled by friendship and similar artistic sensibilities, Madbrook is focused on producing passion projects from both partners while aiming to develop true partnerships with like-minded writers and filmmakers with compelling stories to tell.
Embracing the mandate to develop and produce a broad slate of projects, Madbrook Films has development funds available and is actively seeking new works, as well as continuing to develop scripts and documentaries internally. The projects currently in active development include Holbrook’s first feature script, Uncle Sam, spotlighting a military-bound teen who begins to uncover the mystery of his father’s disappearance, set in West Virginia. The company is also developing Sackler’s projects, which range from a sci-fi thriller to a prison drama to a variety of documentaries.
Madeleine's first documentary, THE LOTTERY, sparked a renewed debate on the future of education and was shortlisted for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary. Her second film, DUKE 91 & 92: BACK TO BACK, examined Duke's storied basketball program, and was Turner Sports' first feature film. Her most recent film, DANGEROUS ACTS STARRING THE UNSTABLE ELEMENTS OF BELARUS, follows a group of underground performers in highly censored Belarus, the "last dictatorship in Europe" (Toronto International Film Festival; HBO). The film was the recipient of several Best Documentary awards at festivals around the world. DANGEROUS ACTS was recently awarded an Emmy for Best Arts and Culture. Madeleine's production company, Great Curve Films was folded into Madbrook Films in 2014.
Boyd Holbrook is an actor, writer, and director. Boyd has acted in over fifteen critically acclaimed films and television series, including GONE GIRL, LITTLE ACCIDENTS, A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, SKELETON TWINS, and HATFIELDS & MCCOYS. He has upcoming roles with Terrence Malick and Luke Scott, and is currently starring in the Netflix series NARCOS as the DEA agent who hunts down Pablo Escobar. Boyd's directorial debut, PEACOCK KILLER, is based on a short story by Sam Shepard and stars Shea Whigham and Elizabeth Marvel.