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Box office teaches 'Trois' a lesson Series: What ever happened to ...?
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St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg, Fla.
Author: Persall, Steve
Date: Apr 30, 2000
Start Page: 5.F
Section: FLORIDIAN
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William Packer dreamed in February that his sexy thriller Trois would become the highest-grossing independent African-American film ever.

Packer, a 1991 St. Petersburg High School graduate, shared screenplay and producer credits on the $200,000 project. Then he orchestrated a limited nationwide release.

Trois defied tradition with its theatrical release, which was arranged by Packer's Atlanta firm, Rainforest Productions, instead of a studio distributor. That strategy hasn't succeeded for a black filmmaker since Oscar Micheaux in the 1930s.

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