Rotimi James Rainwater is an American writer, director, and producer.
Rainwater was born in Banbury, England the only child to James and Margaret Rainwater. As he grew up he started writing, and acting in school plays in the 4th grade.
He is best known for the feature film Sugar and his work with homeless youth in the documentary Lost in America. Rainwater started in the film business as a production assistant in films such as Passenger 57, My Girl, Problem Child and on television shows such as Superboy and Swamp Thing. After moving to Los Angeles he worked his way up to get his chance to direct caused based projects for the Truth.com Anti-Tobacco campaign, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention"s VERB campaign, and the American Civil Liberties Union"s 10couples.org campaign.
Rainwater started directing films in 2005 with SP!T, a documentary on slam poetry.
The film starred Shihan Van Clief, Albert Daniels, Mollie Engelhart, and Ove Salcedo and featured interviews with Russell Simmons, Woody Harrelson, Rosario Dawson, the great poet Nikki Giovanni as well as many others In 2010 Rainwater directed made his feature film debut with the deeply personal, Sugar, which was based on his time spent on the street.
lieutenant starred Shenae Grimes as the title character Sugar, as well as Marshall Allman, Corbin Bleu, William Peltz, Nastassja Kinski, and Wes Studi. The film was released in November 2013.
He is now currently working in production on his latest feature documentary, Lost in America.