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Shel Bee ‘Branches’ Music Video Debut

  • Branches did a wonderful job of depicting a toxic relationship through subtle gestures executed throughout the video. From his gaze, to his grasp, to the literal sense in the lyrics, “You squeezed my worries until they were numb,” each element is key in telling the story.

    August 25, 2015. Girl Underground >>

You have what it takes to become a good director?

  • Easy to dream of being a director, but it is more difficult to focus on the craft, which requires a serious mind and attitude to bring freshness to the landscape. How do you know if you are in the latter category? Obviously, listening to the opinions of others; or, alternatively, looking the video interview with James Kicklighter.

    August 22, 2015. Fare Film Italy >>

How Can You Tell if You Have What It Takes to Be a Filmmaker?

  • Kicklighter makes four crucial points about the differences between “strong” and “weak” filmmakers (a little Darwinian for my taste, but I digress) that will help put your career into perspective:  Is filmmaking a long-term or short-term thing for you? Do you have the stamina to make films? Do you have the capacity to troubleshoot? And remember: don’t go to bed angry — with your film.

    August 20, 2015. No Film School >>

Comparing Bollywood To American Filmmaking

  • If people worked as hard as they do in [India] on films, I think you’d see a lot of independent films in [America] made faster.

    June 26, 2015. Film Courage >>

A Few Things About Cancer: Review

  • A remarkable achievement of ‘A Few Things About Cancer,’ which is stuffed with some great achievements, is it’s ability to tell a story we’ve all heard, yet keep it fresh and emotionally connected. Let’s be honest: Stories about cancer, or disease in general are nothing new or emotionally different. We all know what Cancer is and what it does. Unless it’s you, personally invaded by this disease, it’s become so normal that it is, in fact boring. Movies dealing with this subject matter have themselves also become mostly boring, or at the very least expected. A lesser, run-of-the-mill Cancer documentary simply doesn’t stack up anymore. We need feeling, we need heart and soul and a spattering of personality. Director James Kicklighter delivers all the above and more.

    June 12, 2015. IndyRed >>