22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024


United States, 2023: 98 minutes: Canadian Premiere
Archives 2023
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In Cinema Globe Cinema
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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.

Sundance 2023

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


Narrative / Horror / Thriller / Suspense / First Feature / LGBTQ+

98 minutes

special guest

Director Laura Moss in attendance for in-person Q&A


Laura Moss

Executive Producers
Jordan Barker
Brendan J. O'Brien
Emily Gotto

Mali Elfman
David Grove Churchill Viste

Laura Moss
Brendan J. O'Brien

Chananun Chotrungroj

Marin Ireland
Breeda Wool
Judy Reyes
A.J. Lister