Elgin James Resumes Movie Career With Deal To Direct Indie Thriller ‘Come Sundown’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Elgin James has been set to direct Come Sundown, a drama scripted by Justin Marks that will shoot in the fall. Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell of Electric City Entertainment are producing the thriller about a family taken hostage … Read More »

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Millennium Entertainment Taps Vicky Eguia To Run Publicity

Mike Fleming

Vicky Eguia has been named vice president of publicity at Millennium Entertainment, reporting to marketing head Brooke Ford. Eguia most recently had been publicity veep at Apparition and before that served stints at Newmarket Films and Picturehouse with former Apparition chief Bob Berney. Under CEO Bill Lee, Millennium has gotten … Read More »

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Cannes: Sundance Title ‘Little Birds’ Lands With Millennium Entertainment

Mike Fleming

Little Birds, the Elgin James-directed drama about two restless teenage girls who leave their dying Salton Sea hometown to  take a dangerous road trip to Los Angeles with three street kids, has been acquired for North American distribution by Millennium Entertainment. The film stars Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker, Kate Bosworth and Leslie Mann. James is the reformed former gang member who in March was sentenced to spend a year in jail by a federal judge in Chicago. James had to answer for an incident from his past, the charge involving a 2005 attempt to extort $5000 from a man. I met James at Sundance, and found him to be very honest about himself, his rough upbringing, and in how he had turned his life around with a decision to embrace non-violence. Seeing his movie get a chance to reach audiences has to be a spot of good news in an EKG year in which he debuted the film at Sundance to acclaim, started getting hired to write studio films, and then drew the jail sentence. The plan is to release the film in the fall, and timing will be key here, because James is eligible to be freed 10 months into a sentence rendered in early March. Will he be released before his film is? Read More »

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Gang Past Rears Up For Sundance ‘Little Birds’ Director Elgin James, Who’ll Spend Year In Jail

By | Wednesday March 9, 2011 @ 5:45pm PST
Mike Fleming

Elgin James, who wrote and directed the 2011 Sundance Film Festival entry Little Birds and just got his first major studio writing job, was yesterday sentenced to spend a year in jail by a federal judge in Chicago. The sentence … Read More »

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