A troubled kid raised on the streets who turned away from a life of crime and became Hollywood’s “it” boy…
It might sound like the plot of The O.C., but it’s actually the true-life tale of filmmaker and vegan activist Elgin James. Raised in orphanages and foster homes, James first found faith in the notoriously violent Boston hardcore scene of the ’90s. Playing in influential scene bands such as Wrecking Crew and Righteous Jams led to ties with the militant straight-edge gang FSU and eventually to James’ arrest and time served in federal prison.
What could have continued as a life of violence and crime instead turned into an opportunity for James to better himself and make a positive impact on the world and the animals in it.
You don’t want to be ordinary. You want to be extraordinary. Let everyone else be ordinary.
Pigs are awesome, you know? They’re incredibly intelligent, incredibly loyal, great animals. Basically, I’d get off the school bus and they’d be waiting for me, and it was when I was 7 that then they got rounded up and they were slaughtered in front of me, and that changed everything for me. I didn’t know what a vegetarian was, but I stopped eating meat right there.
Don’t try to tell me that you’re an animal lover when you have a stomach full of chickens and pigs and cows.
After relocating to Los Angeles, James concentrated on writing and filmmaking as a way to tell his story of redemption. His debut film Little Birds premiered in 2011 at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and received critical praise from some of Hollywood’s most influential players.
*Two winners will be chosen at random from submitted animal-friendly comments in which commenters tell us what inspires them to make the world a better place for animals. This contest is open to U.S. residents only. Entries must be received by September 23, 2013. Winners will be notified on September 24, 2013. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.