More InfoHomeless as a teenager, Elgin James was a fixture in Boston's hardcore
punk scene, helping found a national street gang that targeted
neo-Nazi skinheads and drug dealers. After years in that lifestyle,
James renounced violence and relocated to Los Angeles.
Elgin James' first screenplay, LITTLE BIRDS, was accepted into both
the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and the Sundance Directors Lab. In
2009, James was awarded a Time Fellowship Grant as well as an
Annenberg Feature Film Fellow Grant. In 2011 he was named one of
Variety's ten directors to watch.
LITTLE BIRDS, starring Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker, Leslie Mann & Kate
Bosworth, marks his feature film directorial debut and premiered in
competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Millennium
Entertainment is releasing the film late August 2012.
Before discovering film, Elgin toured the world in hardcore punk acts
Wrecking Crew, 454 Big Block and Righteous Jams as well as indie rock
act The World Is My Fuse. James composed the score for LITTLE BIRDS
and the film features songs from his roots and Americana influenced
act, Elgin James and The Suicide Gang, as well as tracks from Brian
Jonestown Massacre, Tift Merrit, Chad Gilbert, Damien Jurado, Linee,
and Big Star.
Even More InfoLakeshore Records will release the Little Birds – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on August 14, 2012. The soundtrack features four original tracks from Elgin James, as well as tracks by Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory), The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Linée, and Big Star. When singer-songwriter Tift Merritt saw an early screening of the film, she was so moved that she went home and wrote the song “Little Birds” for the film/soundtrack.
Little Birds was Elgin James' first screenplay and it was accepted into both the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and the Sundance Directors Lab. In 2009, James was awarded a Time Warner Fellowship Grant as well as an Annenberg Feature Film Fellow Grant. He was recently named as one of Ioncinema.com's "American New Wave 25," in addition to being selected as one of Variety's 2011 "Directors to Watch."
Homeless as a teenager, James was a fixture in Boston's hardcore punk scene, founding a national street gang that targeted neo-Nazi skinheads and robbed drug dealers to give the money to charity. After years in that lifestyle, James renounced violence and relocated to Los Angeles. Little Birds marks his feature film directorial debut.
15 year-old Lily (Juno Temple) and her best friend Alison (Kay Panabaker) live on the shores of the Salton Sea among rundown trailers parks, rotting household items, drained pools and decaying streets. What was once an oasis for the wealthy and famous has become a near ghost town, leaving its residents fighting for breath in the deep end. Lily feels eternally claustrophobic and rebellious, living with her manic, single mother (Leslie Mann), clinging to hope for something more exciting than visits with her young and already washed up Aunt (Kate Bosworth).
When they meet a few visiting street kids, the girls' bond is finally tested and Lily convinces Alison to follow the boys back to Los Angeles. Not intimidated by the journey ahead, Lily is hopelessly drawn to one of the boys and the freedoms of their lifestyle. But in the big city, Lily and Alison quickly fall into the boys' world of scams and petty crime. Lily is determined to stay and make it work, while Alison is overwhelmed and eager to return home. When an idea is hatched to use Lily as bait for men with money to steal, things quickly escalate to a life-changing moment. Lily must decide how far she will go to grow up and Alison must decide how far she will go to protect Lily.
01. Tinted Soft Green - Elgin James & The Suicide Gang
02. Tender Branch – Tift Merritt
03. Too Far - Linée
04. This Town - Linée
05. I Will Die Young - Elgin James & The Suicide Gang
06. Another Man Don’ Gone - Odetta & Larry
07. September Gurls - Big Star
08. Anenome - The Brian Jonestown Massacre
09. Lily & Jesse’s Theme – Chad Gilbert
10. Boy’s Theme - Elgin James & The Suicide Gang
11. Alison’s Theme - Elgin James & The Suicide Gang feat. Leslie Stevens
12. Little Birds - Tift Merritt
Millennium Entertainment presents Little Birds, in theaters in NY and LA on August 31, 2012. The Little Birds -- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Lakeshore Records will be available digitally on August 14, 2012.