Birth/RebirthUnited States, 2023 : Canadian Premiere
A single mother and a childless morgue technician are bound together by their relationship to a little girl they have reanimated from the dead. A standout directorial debut that reimagines Mary Shelley’s classic horror myth FRANKENSTEIN with such a contemporary understanding that it becomes something exciting, terrifying, and singularly new.
Rose (Marin Ireland) is a pathologist who prefers working with corpses over social interaction. She also has an obsession — the reanimation of the dead. Celie (Judy Reyes) is a maternity nurse who has built her life around her bouncy, chatterbox six-year-old daughter, Lila (A.J. Lister). When one tragic night, Lila suddenly falls ill and dies, the two women's worlds crash into each other. They embark on a dark path of no return where they will be forced to confront how far they are willing to go to protect what they hold most dear.
Laura is a filmmaker from NYC whose work has screened at Tribeca, Rotterdam, and SXSW. Their short film FRY DAY is featured on the Criterion Channel. They directed the sci-fi/comedy pilot EUREKA, which won Best Director, Comedy Pilot at Seriesfest. They were a 2020 Sundance Screenwriters/Directors Labs fellow. Their award-winning screenplay, GORDON, co-written with Brendan J. O’Brien, is currently in development.
press for Birth/Rebirth
"A fiendish and atmospheric riff on classic monster legends and a welcome addition to a certain horror sub-genre propelled by brawny but burdened mamas."- Harper's Bazaar
screened with a short film
Little Things Are Scary
2022, 5 m, United States, Director Sean PierceA mother, voiced by Carrie Coon, sits in a rocking chair with her infant child late at night. As she rocks away, she attempts to soothe her baby with a lullaby of whatever words come to mind.
Thriller / Suspense / Horror / First Feature / LGBTQ+ / NarrativeEnglish
Director Laura Moss in attendance for in-person Q&A
Brendan J. O'Brien
David Grove Churchill Viste
Brendan J. O'Brien