cast & crew

john fortson 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

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

abby ryder fortsonhannah
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

deepti guptasusan
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

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.




Bronwenbronwen bonner-daviesdanika
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 Hdsht

patrick danielone 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 chadwickjulie
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!



BronwenBonner-Daviesjoann 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!



Joshuaand introducing joshua fortsonas 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

john fortson
b.d. gunnell
lindsay lanzillotta
heath ryan
christie lynn smith
andrew troy

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

post production

titles matteo sardini

vfx cinibees studios pvt ltd- chennai (india)

vfx executive producer thilak vasu

vfx producerrekha mohan

vfx compositors
senthil kumar
marimuthu laksmanan
gopi murthy
parthiban rajaram
selva kumar
lenin manikumar
manoj raj
gopal swamy
mohammed altaf

vfx paint artists
ratheesh babu
mohan sowdaiah
rajesh sivasubramaniyam
durga vasanthan partharao
priya selva kumar

vfx roto artists
kumaran ramalingam
nidhi singla
sasirega ratheesh
rohith vinayak
muthu krishnan

colorist matteo sardini

sound editorial and mixing andrew troy

sound editor nate keil

assistant sound editor brendon mcglone

original song
“open up your eyes”
written by bobby maoynahan
produced by rich jacques
performed by ballerina black

special thanks

craig archibald
steven chester prince
stefen fangmeir
tom banks
jay duplass
mark duplass
stephanie langhoff
raj mohanty
my friends at terroni
peyton reed
gayle’s perks
mark romanek
erin studer
jeffrey kushon
chime charter
matt hastings
thomas ethan harris
justin reardon
todd harter
tom donahue
lee & darlene smith
ilan arboleda
frank fortson