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
James Kicklighter Interviews, Press Reviews and Articles
Short Film Review: Angel of Anywhere
A perfect example of concept, structure, and execution. Kicklighter’s camera makes wonderful use of the loud and colorful club setting…backed by an incredibly talented cast, director, and writers. I also got my wish to see where some very intriguing new talent is heading.
September 1, 2017. Crushed Celluloid >>
Axel Roldos on 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 >>