Rob Hardy loves Atlanta. Despite being a native Philadelphian, one of the first things you learn is how much he has embraced “The A” as his own after living here for more than 20 years.
“I just want people to know how great the city is and I’ve loved watching it grow. I’m hoping that my company and I can be a part of continuing to make that happen in the right direction,” Hardy says. As a director and producer for Atlanta-based Rainforest Entertainment, a full-scale production company building content in film, television and digital platforms, he has the opportunity to do just that. Hardy began his film foray after taking a video class in junior high school and creating his first film about a black superhero his senior year of high school, “G-Man.” “That was my first time actually getting into film and friends that saw the project, said ‘you should really do this.’”
Hardy took that advice and ran with it creating his first motion picture, “Chocolate City,” with former business partner Will Packer while he attended Florida A&M University. The film earned him the institution’s highest honor — the Bernard Hendricks Student Leadership Award — and gave him a launching pad to start his company.