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Little Birds -- Lily and Alison face a life-changing event after they leave their Salton Sea home and follow the boys they meet back to Los Angeles.


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  (in credits order)

Juno Temple ... Lily Hobart

Kay Panabaker ... Alison Hoffman

Kate Bosworth ... Bonnie Muller

Neal McDonough ... Hogan

David Warshofsky ... Joseph Hoffman

Leslie Mann ... Margaret Hobart
Bob Larkin ... Mr. Kovacs

Kathleen Gati ... Sally Heron

Scotty Noyd Jr. ... Ray Cawley

Kyle Gallner ... Jesse MacNamara

Carlos PenaVega ... Louis Estes (as Carlos Pena)

Chris Coy ... David Riley

Lauren Pennington ... Shawna Cawley (as Lauren Whitney Pennington)

Lydia Blanco ... Female Cashier
Marc Rose ... Man
Jamie Patricof ... Passerby
Mindy Vela-Henderson ... Realtor

Katie Nehra ... Realtor Assistant

Joel McKinnon Miller ... Michael White

JR Bourne ... John Gretton

Mike Erwin ... Mark Muller
Erik Ellington ... Dealer
Elizabeth James ... LA Hipster Girl

Todd Fjelsted ... LA Hipster Boy
J.W. Buckley ... Skate Shop Owner
Chad Gilbert ... Guy with Drink
Gibby Miller ... Partygoer 1
Matthew Boettcher ... Partygoer 2
Chad Glissmeyer ... Partygoer 3
Chopper ... Himself
Jake Devine ... Salton Sea Skateboarder
George Hathaway ... Salton Sea Skateboarder
Jared Huss ... Salton Sea Skateboarder
Geoff Rowley ... Los Angeles Skateboarder
David Gonzalez ... Los Angeles Skateboarder
Rune Glifberg ... Los Angeles Skateboarder
Arto Saari ... Los Angeles Skateboarder
Ewan Bowman ... Los Angeles Skateboarder
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ryan O'Quinn ... Mark Lawrence (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Elgin James 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Elgin James  written by

Produced by
Bobbie Blyle .... associate producer
Max Burger .... executive producer
Monique Burger .... executive producer
Joey Carey .... associate producer
Keith Fairclough .... co-producer
Pavlina Hatoupis .... co-producer
Kevin Iwashina .... executive producer
Katie McNeill .... associate producer
David Moore .... associate producer (as Dave Moore)
Stefan Nowicki .... executive producer
Jamie Patricof .... producer
Alan Polsky .... producer
Gabe Polsky .... producer
Adam Shott .... associate producer
Benjamin Weber .... associate producer
Pavlina Hatoupis .... line producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Elgin James 
Cinematography by
Reed Morano (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Suzanne Spangler 
Casting by
Wendy O'Brien 
Production Design by
Todd Fjelsted 
Art Direction by
J.B. Popplewell 
Set Decoration by
Rosie Sanders 
Costume Design by
Trayce Gigi Field  (as Trayce Field)
Makeup Department
Roxxi Dott .... hair department head
Lorraine Martin .... makeup department head
Lorraine Martin .... special makeup effects artist
Miko Nishida .... key hair stylist
Natalie Vermiglio .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Samantha Housman .... post-production supervisor
Daniela Roth .... unit production manager
Louise Runge .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Corbin Larson .... second second assistant director
Roman Salcedo .... second assistant director
Clenet Verdi-Rose .... first assistant director
Art Department
Nic Berlin .... props
Caity Birmingham .... set dresser
Matthew Derba .... leadman (as Matt Derba)
Carl Fieler .... swing
John Roberson .... swing
Ryan Watson .... set dresser
Kristen Rajterowski .... shopper (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael J. Anastasi .... supervising sound designer
Omar Barraza .... boom operator
Dhyana Carlton-Tims .... supervising adr editor
Nash Cubero Jr. .... foley editor (as Nash Cubero)
Robert Dehn .... sound studio manager
Derek Deitz .... assistant sound editor
Jason Gaya .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jason 'Frenchie' Gaya)
Angela Hemingway .... dialogue editor
Steven Iba .... adr mixer
Richard Kitting .... sound mixer (as Richard 'Tricky' Kitting)
Zach Michaelis .... foley mixer
Matthew Sanchez .... sound mixer
Chris Terhune .... assistant sound editor
Vicki Vandegrift .... foley artist (as Vicki O'Reilly Vandergrift)
Andres Velasquez .... sound effects editor
Visual Effects by
Matt McElroy .... visual effects artist
Jeffrey Belgum .... digital artist (uncredited)
Chris Faczek .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Nick Guth .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Mark Velazquez .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Lou Simon .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Akers .... first assistant camera
Team Bashet .... key grip
Joshua Bushek .... best boy grip
Chris Carroll .... best boy electric
Justin Coit .... still photographer: Salton Sea
Joseph Ghang .... camera production assistant
Joseph Segura .... second assistant camera (as Joe Sequra)
Jacqueline Stahl .... camera loader
Matthew Walker .... additional photography
Matthew Walker .... gaffer
Marianne Williams .... still photographer: Los Angeles
Vanessa Wolf .... electrician
Sean Dahlen .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Mithun Gangopadhyay .... electrician (uncredited)
Reed Morano .... camera operator (uncredited)
Colin Oh .... additional best boy electric (uncredited)
Jacqueline Stahl .... film loader (uncredited)
Sandra Stenzel .... electrician (uncredited)
Brandon Taylor .... additional key grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Chris Gehrt .... casting associate
Shaunessy James Quinn .... extras casting director: Rich King Casting (as Shaunessy Quinn)
Patty Majorczak-Connolly .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Mark Sussman .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarah Evelyn Bram .... wardrobe supervisor (as Sarah Bram)
Kimberly Bullard .... wardrobe intern
April Dunlap .... key set costumer (as April Alene Dunlap)
Analucia McGorty .... key set costumer (as Ana McGorty)
Editorial Department
Marcelo Aprile .... digital intermediate producer
Calvin Dunham .... post-production production assistant
Cassidy Greenwood .... digital intermediate conformer
Lara Khachooni .... assistant editor
Michael Lafuente .... digital intermediate technical director
Michael Mintz .... digital film colorist
Music Department
Carl Byron .... musician: piano, organ, The Suicide Gang
Chad Gilbert .... musician: guitar, The Suicide Gang
Nicole Gordon .... musician: vocals, The Suicide Gang
Elgin James .... musician: vocals, guitar, The Suicide Gang
Elizabeth James .... music supervisor
Paul Koch .... music editor
JJ Lee .... executive music producer (as JJ)
JJ Lee .... musician: guitar, The Suicide Gang
Chris Lord .... executive music producer (as Chris)
Rich McCulley .... music engineer: certain tracks
Rich McCulley .... music producer: certain tracks
Rich McCulley .... musician: guitar, bass, The Suicide Gang
Steve Mugalian .... musician: drums, The Suicide Gang
Leah Zeger .... musician: violin, The Suicide Gang
Transportation Department
Shawndra Blyle .... driver
Matt Fitzgerald .... picture vehicles
Anastasia Levine .... driver (as Stasia Levine)
Lauren Levine .... transportation captain
Ashley Taylor .... driver: cast
Other crew
Greg Ammon .... intern
Joshua Banta .... location assistant
Jim Boettcher .... filmed with the generous support of (as James Boettcher)
Patricia Boettcher .... filmed with the generous support of
J.W. Buckley .... production consultant
Erika Canchola .... production attorney: Law Offices of Elsa Ramo
Marty Carlin .... set tutor
Huy Chau .... intern
Erin Connarn .... script supervisor
Sara Correa .... intern
Eleonore Dailly .... script clearance research
Todd D. Filener .... set medic
Becca Frucht .... intern
John Henry Haseltine .... assistant to director
John Henry Haseltine .... location assistant
Bryn Scott Hubbard .... craft service (as Bryn Hubbard)
Tierre Kennedy .... set security (as Scooby Kennedy)
Mercy Liao .... international sales: for WestEnd Films
Matt Meyerson .... skater wrangler
Tara Jean O'Brien .... production coordinator
Justin Owades .... intern
Jeff Palkevich .... location manager
Elsa Ramo .... production attorney: Law Offices of Elsa Ramoi
Sonja Roth .... production accountant
Liam Satre-Meloy .... assistant: Polsky Films
Ashley Renee Saunders .... assistant production coordinator (as Ashley Saunders)
Elias Savada .... copyright research: director, Motion Picture Information Service
Eve Schoukroun .... international sales: WestEnd Films
Liz Singh .... intern
Candice Smith .... animal wrangler: dog
Sandra Smith .... set medic
Ashley Taylor .... animal wrangler: horse
Mindy Vela-Henderson .... assistant to director (as Mindy Vela Henderson)
Tomica Baquet .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Scott Fleisher .... key p/a (uncredited)
Jennifer Gray .... production attorney (uncredited)
Erin Myles .... additional voice (uncredited)
Joan Darling .... very special thanks
Gyula Gazdag .... very special thanks
Chad Gilbert .... thanks
Ryan Gosling .... thanks
Catherine Hardwicke .... very special thanks
Ed Harris .... thanks
Tift Merritt .... thanks
Robert Redford .... very special thanks
Michelle Satter .... very special thanks
Joan Tewkesbury .... thanks (as Joan Tewksbury)
Hayley Williams .... thanks
Alfre Woodard .... thanks
Jonathan Wysocki .... thanks
Benh Zeitlin .... thanks

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Rated R for pervasive language, some violence including a sexual assault, sexuality/nudity, drug and alcohol use - all involving teens
USA:94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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[first lines]
Alison:[narrating] My best friend Lily thought she was drowning. Drowning in the Salton Sea. Even though the water was too polluted to set foot in, and left anything in their town either dying, or dead.
Margaret Hobart:Lily? Are you okay? Hello...
Alison:Lily was determined to never let it get her.
[drops down into the bath water and starts screaming]
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The best of it--Juno Temple at least--holds up the whole, which is always interesting and real, 7 May 2013
Author: secondtake from United States

Little Birds (2011)

A harrowing movie, a slice of very believable and scary life for two fifteen year olds looking to escape their awkward or dysfunctional families. What they get into, moving from the Salton Sea to L.A. in a stolen truck, is a nightmare for any parent. Yet for the girls there is a mixture of adventure and discomfort.

All of this depends a lot on a great ensemble cast, which is pretty much here. The two girls are terrific--I had just seen Juno Temple in another excellent indie and sought this out. The boys they run into and hook up with are a little wild at first (and then more wild later) and weave into the story with surprising ease.

This is a low budget movie but it makes the most of a series of scenes inside and out that keep it from feeling constrained. The Salton Sea parts are both beautiful an so impoverished they are sad. When the edge of L.A. comes in it's rougher and yet filled with energy. The girls are divided on how the city works on them. Temple's character is exudes confidence, and sometimes has it, too, and so she gets in deeper. The other girl, played by Kay Panabaker, is more morally solid and yet more scared, and she plays a perfect counterbalance to her friend.

Writer and director Elgin James is just starting out here (that's part of what Indie films are all about) and the movie might not soar or show particular originality, but it does hold up pretty well in normal dramatic terms. The sets are very real--gritty and rough, for sure--and the acting matches. It's quite well shot, too, if nothing special is going on--give the editors some of the credit for keeping it fluid.

You wonder by the end what the larger point might be, beyond a very distracting entertainment. There might be a little (a little) sense of "there's no place like home" at work. And there's a kind of buddy movie at work--the two girls being the pals on the road. Mostly it's about how tough some teens have it, and how they want to find ways to survive that surprise their parents (usually singular, parent). It's also a tale of how kids want a lot from everyone and everything--life seems so fertile and large--and how they know so little about how to get it.

So, with vulnerability on their sleeves, these girls are a little bit of all of us. No, we aren't all so fully stupid or careless, but maybe in small ways we are all the same.

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