Life has a funny way of knocking us back to Earth when things are going well -- just ask Elgin James. The writer and director was earning accolades at Sundance earlier this year for his debut film, 'Little Birds,' and had just landed his first Hollywood writing job. Now he'll be spending the next year in jail after being sentenced in a 2005 plot to extort $5,000 from a man. If all goes well he could be out in 10 months.
James, who grew up in rough circumstances before landing in a leadership position with the street gang Friends Stand United, has moved on from his violent past. However, this latest run-in with the legal system stands as a stark reminder that things done earlier in life can come back to haunt us.
For his part, James is taking the news of his impending incarceration well. While serving his sentence, he'll continue to work on a script for 'Low Riders,' a film being described as "an '8 Mile'-style drama about a parolee who tries to put his past behind him as he immerses himself in the low rider car sub-culture."