Saturday, July 29, 2017

African American Film Critics Association honors Rattler Rob Hardy

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) recently celebrated the career achievements of FAMU alumnus and producer/director Rob Hardy during its Sixth Annual SYNERGY event in Atlanta on Thursday, July 20. A signature program of the organization, AAFCA SYNERGY provides an opportunity for creative professionals in Atlanta and the Southeast to connect and collaborate with their peers.

Hardy joined an outstanding group of Atlanta-based entrepreneurs and creatives who have been acknowledged by the organization. Previous AAFCA SYNERGY Award recipients include FAMU alumni Tirrell Whittley and Nick Nelson, principals of the media marketing company, Liquid Soul.

Hardy is responsible for a successful pipeline of films (created alongside one-time producing partner Will Packer) that include “Trois,” “The Gospel,” “Think Like A Man” and “Think Like A Man Too.” For “Trois” and “The Gospel,” he pulled extra duty as director. In television, he has amassed an impressive resume, directing episodes of such popular TV shows as “Power,” “Blindspot,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Flash” and “Vampire Diaries,” among others. Recently, BET picked up the second season of “The Quad,” starring FAMU alumna Anika Noni Rose as the president of an historically black college, which Hardy co-created and serves as an executive producer.

“Rob Hardy was an early proponent of creating films and other creative content in the Southeast and is a living testament to the immense opportunities that are possible for a growing number of producers, directors and content creators based in the Southeast,” said AAFCA president and co-founder Gil Robertson. “Atlanta’s position as a player in film and TV production is now undeniable, and SYNERGY is honored to celebrate game-changers like Rob Hardy with a platform that encourages, inspires and connects others who are following that lead and further strengthen the region’s prime position.”

Hardy earned a mechanical engineering degree from FAMU.

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