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July 5, 2014

From Enid to L.A.: Luckinbill twin brothers use backgrounds in film, finance to produce high-quality films

ENID, Okla. — Twin brothers, dressed in crisp clothing and engaging Hollywood smiles, speak in relaxed tones about their newest Los Angeles projects, but their almost-imperceptible Southern twang peeks through.

From Enid to Los Angeles, Thad and Trent Luckinbill are taking their backgrounds in film and finance to produce high-quality films.

On a recent visit to Enid, the brothers took a quick reprieve from their parents’ 50th wedding anniversary festivities to discuss their lives as film producers.

One of the pair’s most recent productions is “The Good Lie,” starring Reese Witherspoon. The film tells the story of the “Lost Boys” of Sudan and their transition as they reach the United States.

“It’s about the journey of the ‘Lost Boys’ of Sudan from their tragic historical background, to finding their way to the United States where they meet Reese Witherspoon’s character, and they kind of help each other navigate life,” Thad said.

Thad said the many of the actors in the film are Sudanese refugees or their children, giving the movie an added aspect of authenticity.

“They did such an excellent job that it will shock you when you watch the movie that these people aren’t actors,” Thad said.

Though Thad does most of the talking, he periodically glances sideways at Trent for a subtle nod to let him know they’re both on the same page. The exchange is seamless and indicative of each of their respective backgrounds.

Thad moved to Los Angeles after college and pursued acting for over a decade, starring on shows like “The Young and the Restless.” Trent, on the other hand, graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a law degree and developed a finance background.  

Now, the two are binding their expertise together in one company and would like to produce three to four movies per year, Trent said.

“We’re a fairly new company, so keeping up with everything has definitely been the challenge,” Thad said. “A lot of things came together at the same time. It’s been fun, but it’s been busy.”

For now, they’re looking forward to the release of “The Good Lie” on Oct. 3. Thad said he thinks the story will resonate with the family oriented spirit of the Midwest.

“It’s definitely got a family feeling, kind of a little bit of values, hard work pays off type movie,” Thad said. “I think that people really enjoy that, and we’re excited to tell a story like that.”

A hint of Thad’s own family values is on display as his wife Amelia joins him with two tow-headed children, Rowe and Georgia. Amelia attempts to wrangle the energetic, but polite, kids as they compete for their parents’ attention.

While “The Good Lie” has been completed, the brothers currently are working on other projects, such as a movie called “Demolition” starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

Though they now live in Los Angeles, they said they visit Enid and Oklahoma City from time to time to see family.

“It’s great to come back home,” Thad said. “I love Enid. I love the people here. The kids love it, too.”

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