First Time Goer to Macon Film Festival

  • [Desires of the Heart] is a story of love, to say the least, but not love in the cliché overdone way…the film was beautifully executed. Kicklighter worked with Solila Parida on Desires. Parida has worked on a series of Bollywood films and had been developing Desires over the past ten years. ‘I worked with her to really make it a film about our identity and the choices we make versus the choices that are made for us,’ said Kicklighter.

    March 3, 2014. Make It Work Molly >>

Desires of the Heart Review: Expansive & Gorgeous

  • The film matches its narrative’s expansive ambitions with gorgeous visions that turn both Georgia and India into almost permanent states of postcard-friendly imagery. The quality scenery is matched by the attractiveness of the leads, Val Lauren and Alicia Minshew, who offer up another element to enjoy…they succeed in their performances, keeping a tale that can be somewhat fantastical grounded in a sense of reality. Mastery to be found throughout…it’s a strong film

    February 23, 2014. Film Threat >>

Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2014

  • In 2012, Savannah experienced the highest number of projects, employment, and local spending in its history—over $12 million locally and $26 million economically. CBGB, Desires of the Heart, Four Senses, The Sacrament and many others took advantage.

    January 24, 2014. MovieMaker Magazine >>

James Kicklighter: Storyteller and Director

  • James Kicklighter is in charge. He’s only 25 years old and has tenaciously made a name for himself in the film industry. For the last nine years, he has worked tirelessly to make his mark as a storyteller, film writer and director. I believe he is a leader to watch and take some notes, because James knows the secret. He found at a young age that if he wanted to be successful in the film industry, doors would only open if he knocked on them–and this applies to any industry. His fearless persistence and passion will, I guarantee, inspire you more than a TED Talk–can we, by the way, nominate him for one of those? “I would rather fail spectacularly at something than to never have tried at all,” said James.

    November 4, 2013. The Lemonade Magazine >>

Odisha-born producer’s film wins top award at LA Femme Festival

  • English movie “Desires of the Heart,” produced by Odisha-born Solila Parida, has won the best foreign film award at the LA Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles; Award-winning director James Kicklighter went behind the camera to narrate the story.

    October 24, 2013. Yahoo! News India >>