The islands of the Bahamas was invaded by Hollywood this past weekend. Hollywood Producer Will Packer celebrated his 40th Birthday in style, especially Caribbean Style. The successful filmmaker of recent box office hits such as Ride Along and Think Like Man, partied with a variety of stars in Nassau, Bahamas April 11-13, 2014 in epic fashion. The Bahamas has successfully marketed to multicultural consumers, through strategic partnerships with their Consul General and Tourism liaisons in Atlanta, Georgia. This weekend, their efforts to welcome new film projects to the region, made national news.
Packer was joined by his fiancée Heather Hayslett, he hosted nearly 200 of his family and friends including Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, La La Anthony, Michael Ealy, Angie Martinez, Tika Sumpter, DJ Drama, Kandi Burruss & Todd Tucker, David Banner, Affion Crockett, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, BET President Stephen G. Hill, E! News Anchor Terrence J, Directors Tim Story (Ride Along, Think Like A Man), Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer) and Rob Hardy (Criminal Minds, Bones), Magazine execs Vanessa Bush (Editor In Chief, Essence magazine) and Mitzi Miller (Editor In Chief, Jet magazine), Angie Beyince, Jerome Bettis, Nephew Tommy, Po Johnson, Oronde Garrett, Terri Vaughn & Karon Riley, The Honorable Terrinee L. Gundy and Will Packer Productions executives Barbara Dreyfuss and Korin D. Huggins.
The festivities began on Friday at the Atlantis resort’s Cain Pool at the Cove Tower. Guests were then whisked, first by police escort and then by private boat charters to a private island soiree hosted by Perry Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas; Obie Wilchombe, Bahamian Minister of Tourism and Randy E. Rolle, Bahamas Consul General. Partygoers were treated to a seafood feast, live entertainment and then surprised by a traditional Bahamian Junkanoo parade. The birthday celebration continued at Aura Nightclub inside the Royal Tower at Atlantis. On Saturday, legendary baseball great Gary Sheffield, hosted all of Packer’s family and friends at his Bahamian mansion for a day-long beach party sponsored by Ciroc and Crown Royal.
Hollywood flocks to the Bahamas
Randy E. Rolle, Bahamas Consul General to Atlanta and the surrounding area has confirmed that popular producer Will Packer is “very much interested” in The Bahamas for potential film projects.Mr. Packer is presently working with our office in Atlanta to coordinate a variety of things pertaining to his interest in The Bahamas, including celebrating a major milestone in the islands with the cast of his latest film” revealed Rolle.
“Opportunities such as this open up avenues for us to be considered a viable film destination industry. At the same time, it showcases the beauty of our islands on the big screen to potential tourists and investors. Over the years we’ve had success from many major motion pictures such as Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too, Pirates of The Caribbean, James Bond and so many other blockbuster hits. Mr. Packer’s success fits right into that legacy and we look forward to working with him and his team.
Packer’s Los Angeles-based Will Packer Productions is the release of the highly-anticipated Think Like A Man Too in theaters on June 20. Also in 2014, Packer is expected to begin production on Ride Along 2 and his untitled ‘girl’s trip’ film that will be directed by Malcolm Lee and later, No Good Deed, a thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson hits theaters on September 12.
Photo Credits:Diane Larche and Danielle Greene DDS for the pictures