Rainforest Films

Director Rob Hardy and Producer Will Packer created Rainforest Films in 1994, on the eve of the success of their first film Chocolate City. Shortly thereafter, the duo began achieving critical and commercial acclaim for their cutting edge filmmaking. After moving to Atlanta, Rainforest blossomed with its spellbinding film Trois. Remarkably, the picture was funded, produced, and distributed independently. Trois became the fastest African-American distributed film to ever surpass the million-dollar mark. This achievement landed Rainforest Films in the #34 spot of the Top 500 Film Distributors of 2000 listed by Hollywood Reporter (August 2001), and resulted in the picture being one of the “Top 50 Highest Grossing Independent Films of the Year” according to Daily Variety (July 30, 2001).


Meet the Filmmakers:

ROB HARDY

Rob began his career as a high school Senior, with the camcorder-shot movie G-Man. While pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Florida A & M University, he made the leap to film with the low-budget motion picture Chocolate City. This experience earned him the institution's highest honor, the Bernard Hendricks Student Leadership Award, and was the catalyst that launched Rainforest Films. Some of his most recent work includes directing television episodes for “ER” and “Criminal Minds” as well as commercials for CNN and TBS. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and son.

WILL PACKER

Will Packer, honored by The Daily Variety magazine as one of their “10 Producers To Watch” (September 2007), is co-founder and chairman of Rainforest Films. Packer was acknowledged on several high profile lists in 2007, including; Giant magazine’s “The Giant 100”, Jet magazine’s “Who’s Hot To Watch in 2008, and Black Enterprise’s “Most Powerful Players Under 40.” Will Packer, is responsible for producing and overseeing the company’s studio financed, self-financed films, and distribution projects. After graduating magna cum laude from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1996, Packer decided to forego lucrative job offers in the field of engineering to capitalize on his entrepreneurial instincts and his passion for filmmaking. Packer is a dynamic and inspiring speaker who has delivered educational and motivational speeches to industry groups, as well as youth and community groups nationwide.


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