Director James Kicklighter spent the first eighteen years of his life in Bellville, Georgia, population 123. Since then, he has gone on to become a multi-award winning Los Angeles-based filmmaker. His work has been recognized by the world’s press, including … Continue reading
In the midst of a publishing revolution, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one of America’s most storied institutions of journalism, is experimenting with new tools to tell stories in preparation for the end of print in the digital era.
Adapt or Die – A Daily Newspaper Embraces Its Digital Future in James Kicklighter’s Digital Edition
They gave me five days to come into the newspaper and figure out how it worked. I came in every day and took several notepads worth of notes, observing pitch meetings, figuring out processes of reporters as they constructed stories, etc. Then, I conducted dozens of pre-interviews to get a sense of the mood of the newsroom, determining which stories to follow during our shooting week, and which reporters could best communicate that digital future in the film.
Over the course of five very long shooting days, I brought in a small crew that was split into two teams and we followed stories as they unfolded. We shot on the Sony FS700, doing multicam interviews in a studio and single camera during field shoots.
James Kicklighter (Digital Edition, Hillary Clinton campaign videos): Atlanta Film Chat Episode 136
Turns out Chuck and James go way back, at least on Twitter! James was also a director for many Hillary Clinton’s campaign videos and worked with stars like Miley Cyrus and Sean Astin during the election. Hear all about his story and making Digital Edition in this episode.
ATLFF: Defining Atlanta through film
The ‘Ah, My Hometown’ segment of short films explored everything from Atlanta’s place within the American South, our city’s role in changing journalism and the ethics of our state’s organ transplant system. ‘American Moderate‘, ‘7 Days’ and ‘Digital Edition‘ put a unique lens on how Atlantans and Georgians are front and center of some of our greatest national conversations.
Review: Digital Edition
Director James Kicklighter highlights the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s metamorphosis to high speed around-the-clock purveyor of information and he does it fast, 26 minutes in and out, no wasted motion.
Digital Edition, Official Selection of the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival
Director James Kicklighter’s Digital Edition joins the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival lineup on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the 7 Stages Theatre. From a record-breaking 6,000+ film submissions for the 2017 festival, the final selections include 47 feature length films, 116 short films and 28 creative media presentations, which consist of music videos, virtual reality and episodic pilots.
Digital Edition wins and Shel Bee’s Branches nominated at 2016 Maverick Movie Awards
JamesWorks Entertainment’s Digital Edition won 2016 Best Documentary Short and Shel Bee’s Branches was nominated for 2016 Best Song. The Maverick Movie Awards exists to honor all facets of moviemaking form, function, style, and craft. A level playing-field where a movie’s budget is immaterial, its absence or abundance of star power is inconsequential, and its humble or lofty origins are irrelevant, any and all independent, underground, student and studio films are eligible to receive a Maverick Award.
Shorts: Digital Edition (2016)
Kicklighter’s direction has a kinetic pace to match its subject matter, but always keeps everything on a very human level…[Digital Edition] covers an important topic that I don’t feel has been given much thought in media.
Digital Edition (2016) review
It really is easy to see that Digital Edition ticks all the boxes when it comes to how a short documentary should look and make you feel. James Kicklighter and his crew know their craft and with Digital Edition, they have created a documentary that I really enjoyed watching.
Review: “Digital Edition” Follows the Changing World of Journalism
Filled with a surprising amount of content for a 28-minute film along with nicely done graphics that balance out the interviews, Digital Edition is an entertaining and informative short doc that will likely resonate most with those who consider themselves to be information geeks and journalistic connoisseurs.
Digital Edition (2016) Review
I’ve seen projects from Mr. Kicklighter before, and expected nothing less than a well rounded, polished experience. What I didn’t expect was a topic featuring a much broader scope than the title suggests…a fine short film covering a lot of different aspects from the industry. ‘Digital Edition’ would look right at home on your favorite television channel.