john fortson. director/writer – brian
John makes his directing debut with rated and is currently finishing the feature script. He started his career as an actor in theatre while winning many roles in indie/studio films and TV shows. He’s also written and performed 2 critically acclaimed one person shows throughout Los Angeles which ran for 3 years and was seen by more than 2000 people. With every job, John’s kept a close eye on the directors with whom he’s worked with a vision of directing himself. He also coaches actors, including his wife, Christie Lynn Smith, who stars in rated and his daughter, Abby Ryder Fortson, resulting in the invaluable experience of working side by side with some of the biggest directors in the industry. John’s been taking notes.
christie lynn smith. co-writer – maggie
Christie Lynn Smith (Maggie) has turned in powerful emotionally engaging performances starring in more than 70 films and television shows such as Justified, Bones, Criminal Minds, Weeds, Togetherness, and in films like The Crazies and Grace for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Award.
abby ryder fortson – hannah
At just seven years of age was named as one of the top 12 actors under the age of 12 in 2015 by Entertainment Weekly and has received countless rave reviews nationally for her strong performances in the critically acclaimed Spielberg series, The Whispers, as well as her work on the Emmy winning series, Transparent, and for playing Mark Duplass’ daughter in the Duplass Brothers HBO show, Togetherness. She also received acclaim for her standout performance starring opposite Paul Rudd as his daughter in Marvel’s Ant-Man.
deepti gupta – susan
Recently starred in the emotionally heartbreaking film, Record/Play, which went to many many festivals and was short listed for an Academy Award. Her career and powerful powerful performances span from Off-Broadway productions in NY to TV shows like Fringe, Third Watch, and Knights of Prosperity.
ayman samman – five star tom
Recently starred in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper opposite Bradley Cooper. He’s also been seen in many indie films and on TV in Blind Spot, Satisfaction and many more. Ayman performs standup around LA as well as writes, stars, and produces his own web series.
bronwen bonner-davies – danika
A multifacited talent as well; writing, producing and starring in her hilarious own webseries, Overparenting. She recurred on the supernatural hit, Angel, Teachers, and Beethoven and in films like Tristan + Isolde. You may have seen her in a commercial or two, ok maybe like a hundred or so…
patrick daniel – one star parent
A standout guy no matter what he does, patrick’s been recurring on the hit hbo series, silicon valley, and also appeared recently on workaholics and 2 broke girls. he’s also constantly displaying his comedy chops in commercial after commercial, but you know why – come on look at that beard!
kate morgan chadwick – julie
Charming kate was perfect for our sweet julie. a constant on the stage in los angeles, she also can be seen in the cohen brother’s latest film hail, caesar! as well as on the critically acclaimed showtime hit, shameless and in major crimes. and we just love her red hair!
joann krekorian – neighbor
The only person who could pull off a role like neighbor was our actual neighbor. authentic, real, down to earth, joann brought that sweet salt wrapped up in her beautiful smile and nailed it. we love her!
and introducing joshua fortson – as joshua mitchell
What a good listener this little guy was, so patient and sweet; we all rated him a five star actor for his first film role. but hey growing up in a house full of actors and something’s bound to rub off. call him joshie.
director john fortson
written by john fortson , christie lynn smith
christie lynn smith
executive producers john fortson, christie lynn smith
director of photography olivia kuan
editor heath ryan
music ed alton
line producer bd gunnell
first assistant director louis sallerson
second assistant director sarah snow
art director angelina lyubomirova
camera 1st ac michaela angélique
camera 2nd ac/dit elijah kagan
script supervisor katie anderies
sound steven deichen
costume designer victoria miranda
gaffer zach rassmussen
key grip ivan herrera
swing niko edwards
still photographers michael rababy, bravo valenti
post production supervisor andrew troy
web pages seen in film rachel owens
makeup/hair deborah schuhr
additional makeup lindsay shuman
additional makeup pickups alicia cameron
production assistants glenn robinson, carlton hudson
catering stephanie dyer
equipment rentals quixote
lighting rentals cinestache
arri alexa rental hydrakraken
In association kelly andrea rubin
titles matteo sardini
vfx cinibees studios pvt ltd- chennai (india)
vfx executive producer thilak vasu
vfx producerrekha mohan
vfx paint artists
durga vasanthan partharao
priya selva kumar
vfx roto artists
colorist matteo sardini
sound editorial and mixing andrew troy
sound editor nate keil
assistant sound editor brendon mcglone
“open up your eyes”
written by bobby maoynahan
produced by rich jacques
performed by ballerina black
steven chester prince
my friends at terroni
thomas ethan harris
lee & darlene smith