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
The American Question
A new national conversation is just beginning. There is a fear that without a nationwide set of shared values – a baseline for discourse and change – we will only see the divide and partisanship in America deepen. With our film, we cut below the politics and the news to find the common ground that can be the foundation for coming together.
James Kicklighter’s Vision for The American Question
Where I was raised, no one has rich uncles or family members who can provide them with economic mobility. In Georgia, they don’t realize that the $50,000 house they are able to buy would cost over a million in my LA neighborhood. They don’t have to compete with an international marketplace in a cosmopolitan city.
The insider/outsider perspective that frames my entire worldview is a unique understanding of the other half of the coin that my hometown friends cannot see.
On the flip side, I also ask how can someone who grew up in Los Angeles or New York can begin to understand the struggles of my friends and family? How can any of us begin to expect one side to understand the other when no one seems to be able to speak for both sides?
The American Question — a Fractured Atlas sponsored project
With our film, we cut below the politics and the news to find the common ground that can be the foundation for coming together. Fractured Atlas is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions for the purposes of The American Question are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Meet the unexpected trio getting to the heart of America’s crisis of values
The most surprising element to me has been the commonality of values across all segments of society. It’s easy for us to put people in boxes, and divisive politics has a lot to do with that. Because many of us are viewing everything in national discussion through a political lens, it has become quite difficult to cut below that and understand the real issues facing our country.