James Kicklighter Interviews, Press Reviews and Articles

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 >>

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 >>