Laina’s feature debut, Little Miss Twenty Something, was released in 2015. The story of a girl who stalls adulthood out of fear of leaving her single mother in their southern small town was selected to screen at several festivals and was nominated for Best Feature at the Brooklyn Girl Film Festival and the Milledgeville Film Festival. Barely 20 years old herself at the time, Laina wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the film, and she credits the experience as the catalyst for officially pursuing her career as a filmmaker.

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