Rain Bennett is a two time Emmy-nominated filmmaker, fitness professional, public speaker, and writer. Living by the motto that “you have all the tools you need right now,” he is an advocate that it’s the man, not the machine, that makes powerful connections possible. His projects excel at bringing the stories of different subcultures to light.
Born into a blue-collar family in “Little” Washington, North Carolina, Bennett spent his early years playing sports, telling stories, and swimming in any body of water he could enter with a splash. Not much changed once he reached adulthood. He is a humanist that enjoys inspiring people, teaching, and rooting for the little guy. His favorite folk tale is that of John Henry and his favorite pirate is, obviously, Blackbeard (also from eastern NC).
Staying true to his self-reliant roots, Bennett created Flying Flounder Productions in 2008 and specialized in connecting with his audience through simple stories that touch the heart. He directed and produced his first feature length documentary in true indie fashion by traveling the world with just a backpack and a Canon DSLR camera. That film, Raise Up: The World is Our Gym won “Best of the Fest” at the Hip Hop Film Festival and Bennett secured a deal with Red Bull Media House for worldwide release.
Like many people, Bennett has a love affair with New York City and has lived there several times over the last decade — producing work for networks like Travel Channel and Redbull TV, providing both corporate and nonprofit clients with production or consultation services, and giving presentations on short form storytelling. He’s been featured in publications like Men’s Health and Sports Business Global, as well as appeared on national television in multiple countries, and been featured on several fitness-based podcasts.
Rain Bennett spends most of his time between NC and NYC. When he’s not working out or getting ready for his first baby, he writes and directs narrative and documentary film projects. His mission is simple: to help people realize that they too can be great, no matter where they come from. It just takes work – and that work needs to start NOW.