Director James Kicklighter, Interview Part I

  • I was delighted to speak with impressively busy director, James Kicklighter on his latest efforts, the short documentary ‘A Few Things About Cancer,’ which chronicles his friend’s frightening battle with stage 4 cancer. The film is a raw telling of the young Caleb and his loving wife, and offers hope where it would otherwise be lost, and his feature debut, ‘Desires of the Heart,’ the story of an Indian psychiatrist practicing in America while he struggles with identity and his controversial relationship with a mysterious artist.

    April 6, 2015. Cinemaman Steve >>

Director James Kicklighter on Filmmaking

  • [A Few Things About Cancer] is very personal to me, as a cancer survivor myself, and I have to say that I was touched to listen to his story. I feel very honored to be able to listen to how it all unfolded and what his message was to his friend (28 minute podcast).

    April 6, 2015. FilmFervor on iTunes >>

Desires of the Heart Review: Expertly Written and Translated

  • Ever so slowly (Or maybe not that slowly) things changed. A lot…Let me just say that Desires of the Heart switches the perceived genre quickly, and not just once. Some films attempt to change genre styles to baffle and blow away the viewer, in an attempt to hide a flawed script. Not here. Desires of the Heart is expertly written and translated to the screen in a brilliant way.

    March 5, 2015. IndyRed >>

Desires of the Heart Review: Ambitious & Involving Film

  • Desires of the Heart is a beautiful and involving film featuring two fine performances by its leads who are tasked with bringing to life a film that is both intelligent and fantastic, no small task. Desires of the Heart challenges both heart and mind with a story that is culturally grounded, somewhat mystical in nature, and yet psychologically insightful. I will confess that there are times when I find these types of films, especially when cast with impossibly attractive people, to be detached and unrealistic. In this case, it works.

    January 29, 2015. The Independent Critic >>

Kicklighter named to inaugural Georgia Southern “40 Under 40” Alumni

  • Congratulations to the 40 Under 40 class of 2014! These prominent graduates have made and impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.

    They also aspire to uphold the core values of Georgia Southern University of integrity, civility, kindness, collaboration, and a commitment to lifelong learning, wellness, and social responsibility.

    August 1, 2014. Georgia Southern Alumni >>