Rob Hardy began directing films using a camcorder in high school. Although he went on to study Mechanical Engineering at Florida A and M University, he soon realized his heart was in filmmaking, and made his feature film directing debut with the low budget Chocolate City (1994).
For his efforts, Hardy received the institution's highest honor, the Bernard Hendricks Student Leadership Award, and soon after, he and producer William Packer launched their company Rainforest Films. Their next effort was the racy thriller Trois (2000), which not only became the fastest independently distributed African American film to surpass the million dollar mark in theaters, but won the duo the Golden Orange Award at the Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.
His next endeavor, Pandora's Box (2002), garnered a "Best Actress" Award for actress Monica Calhoun at the 2002 American Black Film Festival. In December of the same year, Hardy was listed amongst the New Establishment of Black Power Brokers by The Hollywood Reporter. He went on to write and direct The Gospel (2005), starring Boris Kodjoe, Omar Gooding and Tamyra Gray.
Hardy's work garnered a 2005 nomination for the HBO Director to Watch Award. Additionally, he has directed a number of commercial projects for clients such as Honda, Coca-Cola, The National Cancer Institute and Burrell Communications. He has also moved into producing, with films such as Motive, Trois: The Escort and actor Mekhi Phifer's directorial film debut, An Easier Softer Way.
He makes his home in Georgia.