Making Angel of Anywhere

  • I struggled for months trying to manifest this desire to make something. You might be surprised how difficult it is to make all the pieces come together. I didn’t have a story in mind, or even a concept really, I just knew I wanted to act and I wasn’t interested in waiting for permission anymore. I met James [Kicklighter] at the Atlanta Film Festival, where he was screening a documentary film he directed, Digital Edition, and we spoke at length about my desire to find a way to move forward in my career…he connected me with everyone else who would become intimately involved with making this movie even happen. Everything, from the writing to the hiring and casting, was entirely their sorcery.

    June 29, 2017. Axel Roldos >>

Desires of the Heart: Review

  • A skillfully shot film with gorgeous cinematography, authentic set design and solid performances from the entire cast (4 / 5 stars).

    May 18, 2017. Boom! Film Reviews >>

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?

    May 15, 2017. The American Question >>

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.

    May 11, 2017. Fractured Atlas >>

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.

    April 10, 2017. Directors Notes >>