James Kicklighter Interviews, Press Reviews and Articles

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 >>

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.

    April 3, 2017. Atlanta Film Chat >>

Good Will Hunting vs. Taxi Driver and Cinderella vs. The Little Mermaid

  • Director James Kicklighter debates Good Will Hunting vs. Taxi Driver at 9:00 and Cinderella vs. The Little Mermaid at 14:20 for Film Fights podcast.

    April 1, 2017. Film Fights Podcast >>

Updates on “Erk”

  • ‘We have spent a lot of time developing the script, interviewing hundreds of people within Erk’s network across the country, with the support of his family, friends, and former athletes, as well as arranging cameos from various athletic, political, and pop culture figures,’ Turpin and Kicklighter said in a collective statement. ‘With a movie like this, there is no second chance, no remake. You only get one shot, and we intend to get it right. There’s no reason to rush that process.’

    March 30, 2017. The George-Anne >>

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.

    March 30, 2017. Atlanta Proper >>