Sundance writer and director lab project, LITTLE BIRDS, tells the story of LILY and her best friend ALISON, two 15 year-old girls living near the shores of California’s Salton Sea, a heavily polluted lake in the middle of the desert. What was once an oasis for the wealthy and famous has become a near ghost town with trailer parks, abandoned hotels, and beaches full of dead fish and dying birds.
When the girls meet three older skateboarders, DAVID, JESSE, and LOUIS from Los Angeles, Lily convinces Alison to steal a truck and follow the boys to the “City of Angels.” Once in L.A., they fall into the boys’ world of scams and petty crime. When the boys hatch a new plan to use Lily as “bait,” the girls are torn apart. Things quickly spiral out of control as Lily must decide how far she will go to grow up and Alison must decide how far she will go to protect Lily..