When becoming stronger is all that is left.
John’s wife is killed in a car accident on her birthday. He is trying to hold his family together by the skin of his teeth in a society that does not appreciate single parents. He is a facet of each of us. Join us on a journey of love, loss, grief, and moving forward.
In association with Crash of Rhinos
Semi-Finalist of the Austin Revolution Film Festival Short Script Competition
Best Drama Short film
Best Actor: Sean Patrick Leonard
Best Short Screenplay
Finalist: Best Poster
Nominee: Best Director Short Film-David Bradburn
Nominee: Best Actor Short Film-Sean Patrick Leonard
Nominee: Best Performance by a Cast Short Film
Best U.S. Actor-Short Film- Sean Patrick Leonard
Hampton Award Nominee-Sean Patrick Leonard
From Script to Screen Nominee
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Cast & Crew
Sean Patrick Leonard Writer/Producer/Lead Actor
Sean Patrick Leonard-(John, writer, producer) is an award winning actor who hails from Chicago. During his time spent in the theatre he was lucky enough to be in some very amazing productions including Incident on Run 1217-Factory Theatre (4 Jeff nominations including Best Production), The Crucible and No Exit-Speaking Ring Theatre. For the past 7 years, Sean has transitioned his talents to the screen. You have seen him in Machine Gun Preacher with Gerard Butler and Michael Shannon, Chicago Fire, Sweet Leaf and The Life and Death of an Unhappily Married Man( Official Selection to over 50 film festivals worldwide with over 20 wins). He also stars in the award winning web series Guys Book Club. As a writer he has been a 3 time finalist at The Twister Alley Film Festival and Rockabye marks his first WGA written script. He is a proud husband and father. He would love to thank David, Kiea and Fork the Man for this incredible opportunity.
Kiea Houseton - Producer
Kiea Houseton was raised on Chicago’s south side before moving to the western suburbs. She received her Theatre degree from Bradley University as well as an advanced degree in Education from Aurora University. Her favorite experiences include: directing and producing numerous children’s plays and talent showcases through various school districts, the Peoria Park Players traveling troupe, assistant producing Beauty and the Beast at the Paramount Theatre. She is excited to bring her skill set to the production of Rockabye.
David Bradburn - Director
David is a writer, director and producer of independent films in Chicago. He started Fork the Man Productions to create films and connect independent filmmakers in Chicago. Bradburn’s films include “Superhero Me”, a finalist in the 2012 Beverly Hills Film Fest Writing Competition, and “The Coming of Age” which was written by Northwestern University’s Film Department Chair, Dave Tolchinsky. Bradburn’s successful launch into Chicago’s independent film community has recently landed him assignments with Kenmore and FOX.
Michael Thomas Determan - Cinematographer
Michael Thomas Determan was born and raised in Wisconsin where he still resides. Apart from being a Cinematographer, he is also a Director, Writer, and an Actor. Past projects include award winning “Entropy: The Walls Are Coming Down” which he produced, acted in, and co-wrote. Work as a Cinematographer include, “The Definition of Life”, “Falling Apart”, and the yet to be released feature film, “The Rocket”. He is currently working as a Cinematographer on an untitled documentary pertaining to the preservation of the Great Lakes.
Anne Jacques - Elizabeth
An actress in television (Chicago P.D., Prison Break, Turks), Film (The Lucky Ones, Ocean’s 12, The Origins of Wit and Humor), theatre, voice over, commercials, corporate training, Anne has also been a coach for a couple of generations of Chicago actors. When not interpreting the words of screenwriters and playwrights, she writes her own, as a journalist (Pioneer Press) and author (Presentation Skills: On Camera; Chicken Soup for the Soul; Grandpa Talks Funny.) This is Anne's second film with Fork the Man Productions. Anne is happy to bring Elizabeth Mulcahy to life.
Samantha Jaloway - Judy Mulcahy
Samantha Jaloway is very excited to have the role of 'Judy Mulcahy' in the upcoming film, Rockabye! Samantha previously appeared in Elana of Avalor, Disney 365. In addition to acting, Samantha is on a competitive hip hop dance team, cheerleader, and former hockey player. Samantha loves to read, write, draw and sing. Samantha would like to thank her dad for always encouraging her to follow her dreams and work hard for the things you love in life.
Jack Patrick Leonard - Michael Mulcahy
Jack is a 1st grader at Bateman Elementary who loves math, chess, coloring and baseball. His dream is to play for the Chicago Cubs. His favorite player is Kris Bryant. Jack was featured in the short film Frankenkinder and the web series Guys Book Club. He is excited to play Michael Mulcahy in Rockabye!!!
Mercedes Rohlfs - Meredith
Mercedes is an actor, movement artist, musician and Feldenkrais pracitioner. She has appeared on camera in the web series Guys Book Cluband short films such as The Mystique and Frankenkinder. She has appeared in plays such as Golden Boy, The Crucible, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, A Bright Room Called Day, and Los Desaparecidos (The Vanished). Mercedes directed movement for The Crucible, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, No Exit, Trojan Women: a Love Story and The Last Daughter of Oedipus. She has taught Feldenkrais for actors at UIC, Columbia College, and the Steppenwolf Theatre summer acting intensive. In 2001, she co-founded Speaking Ring Theatre which gave her the opportunity to meet, work with, and marry the wildly talented Sean Patrick Leonard. She is proud and excited to once again be collaborating with Sean on Rockabye and their next adventure, Crash of Rhinos.
Daniel Houle - EMT Nurse 1
Daniel Houle moved to Chicago in 2002 after graduating with his BFA in Theater from the University of Rhode Island in 2000. After graduation he toured with The National Players performing Shakespeare throughout the country. Since settling in Chicago, Daniel became a company member with Speaking Ring Theater, and has worked with Silk Road Rising, Timeline Theater, Oak Park Festival Theater, Teatro Vista, Prop Theater, American Theater Company, City Lit, Boho Theater, and many others. Having just founded Polemic Theatre Company, Daniel is throwing his hat into the ring as a producer and Artistic Director. We are honored Daniel lent his voice for 'Rockabye'.
Jessica Limardo - EMT Nurse 2
Jessica Limardo began her career in theater and started acting on screen in early 2016. This year, she played the lead in Rachel Berry's 'Fast Rodney Who Was on His Way Out', Mario Quintana's 'Life', Anna Zorn's 'My Burrito As a Pet', and Jason Smith/Barbara Well's 'The Other Side of Christmas'. Currently, she lives and works in Chicago as an actress and writer, and is working on her first feature screenplay. Jessica is excited to join the Rockabye cast as a voiceover actress