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Escaping Bellview named to Top 50 for ISA Fast Track

  • James Kicklighter’s Escaping Bellview has been selected for the Top 50 in the 2016 ISA Fast Track. Two writers from the TOP 50 will be chosen for the program. The judging criteria includes overall script presentation, originality and marketability.

    March 29, 2016. International Screenwriters Association >>

Desires of the Heart review (2015)

  • An extremely well made independent film, [Desires of the Heart]…is achingly beautiful and captured with awe-inspiring imagery.

    February 27, 2016. ScreenCritix >>

The Kicklighter messenger bag released

  • This gender-neutral mail bag boasts a sleek face and ample carrying capacity, in honor of its namesake James’s commitment to shouldering his friends’ burdens, no matter the size. Suspended by a single, adjustable strap, The Kicklighter hangs comfortably at any length. A zipper closure and back pocket make this bag the ultimate in practical style, only fitting for a bag named after someone so loyal, authentic and truly remarkable. Made with pride in the USA, from luxurious, lightweight Italian lambskin, durable utility lining and appointed with deluxe hardware.

    November 6, 2015. JAMAH >>

Desires of the Heart releasing on 6th November in India

  • After receiving worldwide recognition, Odisha born film producer & writer Solila Parida’s Hollywood film Desires of the Heart is all set to be released in India on 6th November 2015. The producers of the film hosted a grand premiere of the film at Sandy Tower, Bhubaneswar in India. The film is directed by award winning director James Kicklighter & co-directed by Rajesh Rathi in India. Luminosity Pictures, Mumbai is distributing the film, released in major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Jaipur and Bhubaneswar.

    November 6, 2015. E! News Odia India >>

Lessons On Filmmaking, Complete Film Courage Interview

  • James Kicklighter shares his experience of being a young director working with professional actress Edith Ivey for the first time, why money has nothing to do with making a real movie, and tell-tale signs that someone is not cut out to be a filmmaker. He also tells us how making short films can help a filmmaker get a feature film made but that a $50,000 short film is a mistake for most filmmakers. He reveals the hardest filmmaking lesson that he has learned, the first five things he does as a director on a film set, and the stresses he faces making a living as a filmmaker.

    August 26, 2015. Film Courage >>