Will “Power” Packer is On the Move

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My Name is… WILL PACKER



and I attended… Florida A&M University!

The reason you are reading about me is… I’m a proud single dad and self made entrepreneur who happens to produce a movie every now and then.


Right now I’m working on… Post-production of “Stomp the Yard 2”, marketing on “Takers” and development of several other films.

But if I wasn’t, I’d be… DJing at somebody’s radio station, block party or strip club.

One thing I do every day is… Thank God for my life adn show appreciation by living it to it’s fullest.

I can’t stand when people… Create excuses for why they can’t / aren’t living their dreams.

But I love it when people… Unashamedly go after their dreams with dogged determination.

If you happen to run into me in the street… FOLLOW ME! I’m probably headed someplace extremely interesting. I’m playing, don’t follow me STALKER! Unless it’s on twitter…

The Best piece of advice I ever received was… Son, you can play now and pay later or pay now and play later – William Packer, Sr.

If I had to coin it, my message would be… You define and and create your own success. no one else. YOU!

My future plans and projects include… Continuing to master the intricacies and subtleties of Black Fatherhood. Producing more hit movies every now and then.

Big Ups to… My biggest fans and biggest inspirations: Dominique, Nija & Maya

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Producer Will Packer has officially taken the film industry by storm. Having produced two box office hits in one year has propelled him to the top of his game. In September of 2007, Daily Variety magazine was on the right track when they selected Packer as one of their “10 Producers to Watch.” Packer states, “Receiving this honor was great validation for my burgeoning work in Hollywood. As the only African-American honored on this list, I accept the tremendous responsibility that this represents to make movies that matter as well as have commercial appeal. I look forward to continuing to promote imagery that has not traditionally been pushed by mainstream Hollywood.”

As Co-Founder and Chairman of Rainforest Films, Packer is responsible for producing and overseeing the company’s studio financed and self-financed films and distribution projects. He co-founded Rainforest Films with his partner Rob Hardy in the summer of 1994 while both were engineering students at Florida A & M University. 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 and Hardy were honored by Black Enterprise as one of the “Top 25 Money Makers in Hollywood.” Other honorees included Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah, Chris Tucker and Tyler Perry to name a few.

His tenacious and visionary leadership fueled the production and led to the successful independent distribution of the company’s first theatrically released motion picture Trois. Trois grossed $1.2 million dollars and became the fastest million dollar grossing film distributed by African Americans.

Packer recently received the Meritorious Achievement Award from his alma mater Florida A&M University, the highest honor the University bestows.

Media contact: Lisa Sorensen, LSPR, (818)761-0430, lisa@ls-pr.com

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20 Comments

  • Lauren

    Reply Reply January 25, 2010

    SO proud of another FAMUan making moves! Congrats Will on all of your success.

  • Livingston

    Reply Reply January 25, 2010

    Great to see our movies being made by us. Really good to see a fellow rattler making a splash in the movie making business. Keep up the good work. Black fatherhood is definitely a challenge but I wouldn’t pass up the experience.

  • Patricia Manning

    Reply Reply January 25, 2010

    Congratulations Will and I will continue to support your endeavors. I did legally purchase Stomp the Yard and Obsessed. I look forward to your other two films. Go Rattlers! SSSSssssssTTTTTttttttRRRRrrrrrIIIIiiiiiiiKKKKkkkkkEEEEEeeeeee!

  • Lottie C

    Reply Reply January 25, 2010

    Will,

    I wish you well in your endeavors. It has taken me a little longer but I have decided to open my own business, health care education technical /vocational school. I will keep eye out on your accomplishments and developments.

    All the best!!

    Lottie C.

  • Cheryl

    Reply Reply January 25, 2010

    Much Love!!!

  • Cheryl

    Reply Reply January 25, 2010

    Much Love!

  • Augustus Jordan III

    Reply Reply January 25, 2010

    Keep doing it! Congratulations from your Tampa Bay Area homeboy Gus Jordan. While I
    was working with you at WAMF 90.5 FM, you and Rob approached myself, Ali, Jeff, and the rest of the OTS Crew about producing and directing your first movie which became “Chocolate City”. Since I graduated in 1994 I see you putting in work in the “A” and LaLa land. Keep up the good work and continue to let Jesus order your steps.

    Peace.

  • Jamar

    Reply Reply January 25, 2010

    Awesome man…continue your dreams!

  • RozWynn

    Reply Reply January 25, 2010

    Big ups to Will! Great to see someone with a dream and actually following it.

  • Stephan Woodard

    Reply Reply January 25, 2010

    Congrats Will. You are motiviation for all of us living our dreams!

  • carla

    Reply Reply January 25, 2010

    I am so very proud of you Will. Keep on doing your thing ……and remember strike rattler strike!

  • Celena

    Reply Reply January 25, 2010

    We are proud of you………

  • Famu

    Reply Reply January 25, 2010

    stay on ya grind

  • Definately an inspiration! Congrats on your Success thus far and I’m sure more Success to come! “I’m Next!”

  • Mrs. Butterworth

    Reply Reply January 25, 2010

    Congrats on your new project.

  • Le`O

    Reply Reply January 26, 2010

    You, my brother, are serving as a beacon of inspiration for “ALL” of our young minds but especially our young black brother and sisters, who ‘dare” to dream and aspire above and beyond mere mediocrity; to have a most positive impact not only in the black community but on all people. Keep on, keeping on.

  • LaQuanah C

    Reply Reply January 26, 2010

    Keep up the good work Will you’re making us Almighty Rattlers proud. There is nothing more appealing than a strong black man doing his thing and conquering his obstacles. Love it love it! You are truly showing the younger generation and everyone as a whole that, with determination and a fighting spirit YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO DOING!! Many more blessings and success to you.

  • Dr. DG Barnes

    Reply Reply January 28, 2010

    Congratulations Mr. Will!!! We at FAMU, are VERY PROUD of you. Keep up the great work…and please don’t forget…it is God Almighty, who gives increases and promotions. Glorify Him always and farmost and then return the 10% to His house, His church. No, I don’t have a church, I go to church. I, too, am blessed and highly favored. Just don’t forget to acknowledge Him in all your getting. Again, Congrats to you!

    Godspeed!

    Doc,

  • Will Packer

    Reply Reply February 1, 2010

    I really appreciate all the positive and encouraging words. It is because of this type of support and the Grace of the Almighty that Rob Hardy and I have been able to realize so many of our dreams. Thank you for continuing to believe in us. We will continue to work hard to make you guys proud.

  • southern53

    Reply Reply August 20, 2010

    May God continue to guide your steps,I am a proud rattler parent,you are such an inspirational to rattlers all over. My daughter keeps me informed of all of your work.
    Blessings and Peace……….

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