Posted in movies | music on August 13, 2012

Elgin James
Little Birds

"First-time director Elgin James has had a very unique journey to filmmaking - from spending time in the foster care system to forming the notorious FSU gang to serving a year in a maximum-security prison. Homeless 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. He has now put his violent past behind him with his striking directorial debut Little Birds.

15 year-old Lily (Juno Temple) and her best friend Alison (Kay Panabaker) live on the shores of the Salton Sea among rundown trailer 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. Juno Temple and Kay Panabaker shine in this mesmerizing coming-of-age story of finding escape and innocence lost. The film was one of the most buzzed about premieres at Sundance last year and features an all-star cast including Leslie Mann and Kate Bosworth."

Back in 2010 we pointed out that FSU "street gang" founder Elgin James, pictured with all his muscles above, is now a filmmaker with a movie called Little Birds. It played at Sundance 2011 (as the synopsis above points out). It's now August 2012 and we can report that Little Birds is opening in NY and LA theaters on the 29th of this month, but you don't need to wait that long to see it... BrooklynVegan is proud to present a FREE screening of Little Birds at Knitting Factory Brooklyn on Monday, August 20 (that's the flyer up above). The free screening starts at 8pm, and is first come, first served (we've rarely ever had to turn anyone away).

The soundtrack for the film is out digitally this Tuesday, August 14, via Lakeshore Records. It features four original tracks from the film's director Elgin James, as well as tracks by Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Linée, and Big Star. Pick up your copy at iTunes, but first listen to Elgin James and the Suicide Gang's "I Will Die Young", one of the album's songs that is making its premiere in this post. You can stream it, along with the film's trailer, below...

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I Will Die Young - Elgin James and the Suicide Gang

Little Birds

Little Birds | Official Trailer | In Theaters Summer 2012

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Comments (54)

Oh how I would have loved to be a fly on the wall during any negotiations or conversations between Elgin James and Anton Newcombe of BJM.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 3:55 PM

When did he get out of jail?

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 4:04 PM

worst. tattoos. ever.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 4:12 PM

Was expecting madball mosh core, but song is actually crazy good.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 4:20 PM

"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." Ya, they were a bunch of heroes. Like Batman.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 4:25 PM

The Chicago FSU (although about 5% are actually FROM Chicago) now sell cocaine, and they were not really heroes since there was not a very large neo-nazi scene here in the windy city.

All of them are pussies and will only fight five on one. Two guys being the biggest pussies were Jason (now a tattoo artist) and Donnie (now a coke dealer).

Posted by Steve-o | August 13, 2012 4:43 PM

So excited for this! Love Juno Temple!

Posted by JenB94 | August 13, 2012 4:47 PM

4:25 - too funny. i used to see them ridding the dance floor of anyone who wasn't a buddy of theirs. that was some really important stuff, beating up kids for no reason.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 4:48 PM

Fuck this gangbanging asshole, and fuck you BV for supporting him. Dude's the biggest piece of turd alive.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 4:50 PM

"I'm hard core. I wear tank tops and ugly black caps tilted SLIGHTLY off center."

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 4:58 PM

FSU were just a bunch of typical douchebag Boston meatheads that would go around beating up kids and hipsters and whatnot. I saw them hit women when they were getting their kicks wrecking Allston parties, straight up. The hardcore music aspect of it was just tacked on. Wrecking Crew was a good band that shit the bed when this guy joined. It was a long time ago but this dude has never done anything but hype and profit from it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 5:04 PM

nice job bv. way to support thugs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 5:12 PM

Waah Waah Waah. We hate this guy for being in FSU. Then we hate him for leaving FSU, renouncing it and violence, and trying to do something good with his life. Fucking crybabies.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 5:13 PM

Who's crying? Movie looks like it sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 5:19 PM

Ummmnn. Actually the trailer makes the movie look awesome. Hope it lives up to it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 5:26 PM

Hardcore Hummus Kids -vs- Hardcore FSU Kids

I put my bet on the hummus team. Those phyto-nutrients build powerful muscles!

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 5:46 PM

Why do they keep making these dumb "uplifiting" indie movies with the hack triumphal indie music?

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 5:51 PM

waaah waaah waaah guy, why are you anonymous? ps that movie looks gay as fuck.

Posted by Carl Junior | August 13, 2012 6:01 PM

Because uplifting indie movies are a thousand times better than the action blockbusters (sans Dark Knight) they keep making . Psyched for this.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 6:07 PM

God forbid he tries to change and better himself...

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 6:53 PM

A while back after the shit that happened in chicago with mest, I checked out his solo album - its not that bad - i'd recommend checking it out -

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 7:21 PM

6:53 - i think you're misunderstanding. He can turn his life around and that's fine. For bv to reprint some bullshit PR glorifying fsu is problematic.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 8:23 PM

This dude is a fucking dickhead who used to and continues to stick his dick in any hole he can. His poor wife. I used to see her around, she is gorgeous, carries herself well and deserves better. And bullshit on changing himself. He's always been a self serving asshole. He didn't kick anybody out of Boston and he condoned selling drugs as long as he got a cut (which was tiny because the dealers he knew were incredibly smalltime who did as much blow as they sold).

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 8:35 PM

This guy hurt people. I don't care if they were racists, he physically hurt people and that's not okay. I don't believe people can change. Especially not when you start off so low.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 9:29 PM

This guy hurt people. I don't care if they were racists, he physically hurt people and that's not okay. I don't believe people can change. Especially not when you start off so low.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 9:29 PM

8:35 - you are ugly - and have a small penis - her nor any woman will ever love you

Sorry

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 9:50 PM

9:50 - Hahahahaha. Thinking the same thing. Looks like 8:35 has some sour grapes.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 9:59 PM

this is an inspiring story of someone who turned their life around... oh wait, It's Elgin James. He's a douchebag. Maybe he's 'reformed' and repented from his past but he's still a complete turd.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 10:13 PM

this trailer isn't very good.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 10:17 PM

He ,and now Brooklynvegan, uses this BS story of his life with his meathead buddies to promote his every move. How else would you be able to make this movie stick out amongst every other crappy indie movie that comes out every month?

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 10:50 PM

He look like a garden variety tattooed faggot to me

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 11:20 PM

What an ashole.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 12:02 AM

bring back righteous jams!

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 8:21 AM

I thought this was the drummer for the Monkees and every time I scroll past it again I think the same thing.

Posted by Mike Nesmith | August 14, 2012 9:21 AM

^ you win for 2012. Everyone else put your keyboards away.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 9:47 AM

^ waiting 26 minutes between posts does not nullify a poor "joke" or self promotion ... YOU FAIL! :-)

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 9:54 AM

he is a terribly tattooed douche

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 10:30 AM

It's funny how he gets a ton of support from the actual arts community (film, music, etc) but a bunch of shit from a bunch of anonymous nerds posting on a messageboard during their break at the cafe, between shifts at the bookstore or sitting in their tiny 7th story walk up waiting for their script to get picked up or band to get signed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 10:45 AM

"Why do they keep making these dumb "uplifiting" indie movies with the hack triumphal indie music?"


Cuz da trendies wuv it! :) :) :) :) :)

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 11:04 AM

9:54 - no, seriously! 9:21 was right. He's a dead ringer for Mickey fucking Dolenz!

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 11:13 AM

Just glancing through upon just first hearing about this guy, it sounds like he's had a bad case of "Jack Ruby" "hero" syndrome.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 11:17 AM

"pictured with all his muscles above"

Someone's got a real hard on for this fucking guy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 11:40 AM

I agree with 11:13

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 11:43 AM

He doesn't look a thing like Mickey Dolenz

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 12:05 PM

Looks exactly like Mickey Dolenz

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 12:26 PM

He only looks like a guy I know, who happens to look like the Mickey Dolenz.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 12:32 PM

Elgin James is a thug. The gang he created has not only hurt people but in fact murdered people. They fight as mentioned above 5 on one exclusively. They videotaped themselves gang beating up kids (some that undoubtedly have scars and injuries for life) and sold it for profit. Class acts each and everyone.

I have no idea why Brooklyn Vegan or anyone else would support this.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 1:16 PM

This thug got arrested by the FBI for extortion.

The FBI!


Lovely "artist" you have chosen to support Brooklyn Vegan.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 1:26 PM

10:45 maybe he is extorting them?

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 1:40 PM

Nothing good comes from Boston or long island.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2012 5:42 PM

Can you email me with some pointers on how you made your site look this awesome, I would appreciate it.

Posted by jocuri | August 28, 2012 8:40 AM

The band Boston is pretty good

Posted by Mike Hill | August 28, 2012 12:14 PM

Dear Elgin

Try as you might, you can never change the asshole you were, the damage you did, and the black mark you left on a pretty awesome scene. You are and always will be a spineless thug hiding behind legions of bloodthirsty jocks. Fuck you, your movies, the you of the past, present, and future.

You may have the "indie" community fooled, but I know what you are and I'd give anything to crack your fucking skull.

Rot
G

Posted by Glenn | August 31, 2012 9:45 PM

Glenn- It seems you had the chance and never did. What gives, chief? And after you explain, please remember, I want lettuce AND tomato on my sandwich.

Posted by Roberto Clemente | September 7, 2012 12:43 AM

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