James Kicklighter

James Kicklighter

James Kicklighter

James Kicklighter

continues to grow as a filmmaker

continues to grow as a filmmaker

continues to grow as a filmmaker

continues to grow as a filmmaker

both challenging himself and his audiences.

both challenging himself and his audiences.

both challenging himself and his audiences.

both challenging himself and his audiences.

both challenging himself and his audiences.

The Independent Critic (2018)

The Independent Critic (2018)

The Independent Critic (2018)

The Independent Critic (2018)

Meet Director James Kicklighter.

Director James Kicklighter spent the first eighteen years of his life in Bellville, Georgia, population 123. 

Since then, he has gone on to become a multi-award winning Los Angeles-based film director and producer. His work has been recognized by the world’s press, including The Hollywood Reporter, The Times of India, Film Courage and FilmInk Australia.  He resides in Los Angeles, California and still can't believe he gets to work across the country and around the globe.

Meet James.

Director James Kicklighter spent the first eighteen years of his life in Bellville, Georgia, population 123. 

Since then, he has gone on to become a multi-award winning Los Angeles-based film director and producer. His work has been recognized by the world’s press, including The Hollywood Reporter, The Times of India, Film Courage and FilmInk Australia.  He resides in Los Angeles, California and still can't believe he gets to work across the country and around the globe.

Meet James.

Director James Kicklighter spent the first eighteen years of his life in Bellville, Georgia, population 123. 

Since then, he has gone on to become a multi-award winning Los Angeles-based film director and producer. His work has been recognized by the world’s press, including The Hollywood Reporter, The Times of India, Film Courage and FilmInk Australia.  He resides in Los Angeles, California and still can't believe he gets to work across the country and around the globe.

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Current Work

Current Work

Current Work

Every Nine Hours

Kicklighter recently produced Every Nine Hours, the directorial debut of novelist Jim St. Germain (A Stone of Hope) and Emmy-award winner Adam Margolis, premiering at the 2019 Vero Beach Wine and Film FestivalEvery Nine Hours is a modern-day exploration of skin color and gender and how they affect one's ability to participate in relationships and society. 

Every Nine Hours stars Phillip Smithey (“Code Black,” “Grace and Frankie”), Elisabeth Ferrara (“Lethal Weapon”), Kahyun Kim (“American Gods”), Marcy Goldman (“Airplane!”) and legendary actor Danny Trejo (Machete, Predators). 

Every Nine Hours

Kicklighter recently produced Every Nine Hours, the directorial debut of novelist Jim St. Germain (A Stone of Hope) and Emmy-award winner Adam Margolis, premiering at the 2019 Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival. Every Nine Hours is a modern-day exploration of skin color and gender and how they affect one's ability to participate in relationships and society. 

Every Nine Hours stars Phillip Smithey (“Code Black,” “Grace and Frankie”), Elisabeth Ferrara (“Lethal Weapon”), Kahyun Kim (“American Gods”), Marcy Goldman (“Airplane!”) and legendary actor Danny Trejo (Machete, Predators). 

Every Nine Hours

Kicklighter recently produced Every Nine Hours, the directorial debut of novelist Jim St. Germain (A Stone of Hope) and Emmy-award winner Adam Margolis, premiering at the 2019 Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival. Every Nine Hours is a modern-day exploration of skin color and gender and how they affect one's ability to participate in relationships and society. 

Every Nine Hours stars Phillip Smithey (“Code Black,” “Grace and Frankie”), Elisabeth Ferrara (“Lethal Weapon”), Kahyun Kim (“American Gods”), Marcy Goldman (“Airplane!”) and legendary actor Danny Trejo (Machete, Predators). 

Lucia's Voice

In May 2019, Kicklighter began post-production on Lucia's Voice, a documentary following the journey of Lucia Lucas, the first transgender opera singer in American history to take the leading role. The film shot on location in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she made her debut with the storied Tulsa Opera in Mozart's Don Giovanni. The film features prolific composer Tobias Picker, Royal Opera's Denni Sayers, The New York Times journalist Michael Cooper, amongst other global leaders in opera. Under Kicklighter's direction, Lucia's Voice is produced by the Emmy-award winning Kirkpatrick & Kinslow Productions with executive producer Josh Bachove (The Little Hours) for release in 2020.

The American Question

In Summer 2019, Kicklighter will complete principal photography on his multi-year documentary The American Question. Following numerous subjects since December 2016, the film examines personal values systems to understand the partisan divide in America with a wide range of thought leaders across the cultural and political spectrum. 

Kicklighter directs The American Question with a creative team including producer Guy Seemann, an international political consultant, and editor Carlos Puga, the Emmy-award winning producer of MTV’s “True Life,” and recent SXSW Jury Award Winner and Sundance Jury Nominee. The film will be released before the 2020 presidential election.

Lucia's Voice

In May 2019, Kicklighter began post-production on Lucia's Voice, a documentary following the journey of Lucia Lucas, the first transgender opera singer in American history to take the leading role. The film shot on location in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she made her debut with the storied Tulsa Opera in Mozart's Don Giovanni. The film features prolific composer Tobias Picker, Royal Opera's Denni Sayers, The New York Times journalist Michael Cooper, amongst other global leaders in opera. Under Kicklighter's direction, Lucia's Voice is produced by the Emmy-award winning Kirkpatrick & Kinslow Productions with executive producer Josh Bachove (The Little Hours) for release in 2020.

The American Question

In Summer 2019, Kicklighter will complete principal photography on his multi-year documentary The American Question. Following numerous subjects since December 2016, the film examines personal values systems to understand the partisan divide in America with a wide range of thought leaders across the cultural and political spectrum. 

Kicklighter directs The American Question with a creative team including producer Guy Seemann, an international political consultant, and editor Carlos Puga, the Emmy-award winning producer of MTV’s “True Life,” and recent SXSW Jury Award Winner and Sundance Jury Nominee. The film will be released before the 2020 presidential election.

Lucia's Voice

In May 2019, Kicklighter began post-production on Lucia's Voice, a documentary following the journey of Lucia Lucas, the first transgender opera singer in American history to take the leading role. The film shot on location in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she made her debut with the storied Tulsa Opera in Mozart's Don Giovanni. The film features prolific composer Tobias Picker, Royal Opera's Denni Sayers, The New York Times journalist Michael Cooper, amongst other global leaders in opera. Under Kicklighter's direction, Lucia's Voice is produced by the Emmy-award winning Kirkpatrick & Kinslow Productions with executive producer Josh Bachove (The Little Hours) for release in 2020.

The American Question

In Summer 2019, Kicklighter will complete principal photography on his multi-year documentary The American Question. Following numerous subjects since December 2016, the film examines personal values systems to understand the partisan divide in America with a wide range of thought leaders across the cultural and political spectrum. 

Kicklighter directs The American Question with a creative team including producer Guy Seemann, an international political consultant, and editor Carlos Puga, the Emmy-award winning producer of MTV’s “True Life,” and recent SXSW Jury Award Winner and Sundance Jury Nominee. The film will be released before the 2020 presidential election.

Reels

Reels

Reels

Selected Previous Work

Selected Previous Work

Previous Work

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Angel of Anywhere

In 2018, Kicklighter directed Angel of Anywhere, the story of an empathetic stripper who plays therapist to his many damaged clientele and co-workers. Angel of Anywhere stars Briana Evigan (Step Up Movie 2: The Streets), Ser’Darius Blain (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), and introduces Axel Roldos as Angel.

Earning numerous critical accolades, the film won Best Narrative Short at the 2018 Macon Film Festival. Additionally, Angel of Anywhere screened at nearly two dozen global film festivals, including the Academy Award qualifying Hollyshorts and Sidewalk Film Festivals. Angel of Anywhere was distributed internationally by Hewes Pictures on broadcast television through ShortsTV and Amazon Prime. It was also acquired in 2019 by the digital platform Omeleto for its four million subscribers. 

 

Digital Edition

His acclaimed documentary Digital Edition, about The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s transition from print to digital as they operate in a new media environment, is now streaming on Amazon Prime and was an official selection of the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival, an Academy Award qualifying event. Crushed Celluloid raved, “Kicklighter’s direction has a kinetic pace to match its subject matter, but always keeps everything on a very human level…[Digital Edition] covers an important topic that I don’t feel has been given much thought in media.”

Angel of Anywhere

In 2018, Kicklighter directed Angel of Anywhere, the story of an empathetic stripper who plays therapist to his many damaged clientele and co-workers. Angel of Anywhere stars Briana Evigan (Step Up Movie 2: The Streets), Ser’Darius Blain (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), and introduces Axel Roldos as Angel.

Earning numerous critical accolades, the film won Best Narrative Short at the 2018 Macon Film Festival. Additionally, Angel of Anywhere screened at nearly two dozen global film festivals, including the Academy Award qualifying Hollyshorts and Sidewalk Film Festivals. Angel of Anywhere was distributed internationally by Hewes Pictures on broadcast television through ShortsTV and Amazon Prime. It was also acquired in 2019 by Omeleto for its 4 million subscribers. 

Digital Edition

His acclaimed documentary Digital Edition, about The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s transition from print to digital as they operate in a new media environment, is now streaming on Amazon Prime and was an official selection of the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival, an Academy Award qualifying event. Crushed Celluloid raved, “Kicklighter’s direction has a kinetic pace to match its subject matter, but always keeps everything on a very human level…[Digital Edition] covers an important topic that I don’t feel has been given much thought in media.”

Angel of Anywhere

In 2018, Kicklighter directed Angel of Anywhere, the story of an empathetic stripper who plays therapist to his many damaged clientele and co-workers. Angel of Anywhere stars Briana Evigan (Step Up Movie 2: The Streets), Ser’Darius Blain (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), and introduces Axel Roldos as Angel.

Earning numerous critical accolades, the film won Best Narrative Short at the 2018 Macon Film Festival. Additionally, Angel of Anywhere screened at nearly two dozen global film festivals, including the Academy Award qualifying Hollyshorts and Sidewalk Film Festivals. Angel of Anywhere was distributed internationally by Hewes Pictures on broadcast television through ShortsTV and Amazon Prime. It was also acquired in 2019 by the digital platform Omeleto for its four million subscribers.  

Digital Edition

His acclaimed documentary Digital Edition, about The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s transition from print to digital as they operate in a new media environment, is now streaming on Amazon Prime and was an official selection of the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival, an Academy Award qualifying event. Crushed Celluloid raved, “Kicklighter’s direction has a kinetic pace to match its subject matter, but always keeps everything on a very human level…[Digital Edition] covers an important topic that I don’t feel has been given much thought in media.”

Angel of Anywhere

In 2018, Kicklighter directed Angel of Anywhere, the story of an empathetic stripper who plays therapist to his many damaged clientele and co-workers. Angel of Anywhere stars Briana Evigan (Step Up Movie 2: The Streets), Ser’Darius Blain (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), and introduces Axel Roldos as Angel.

Earning numerous critical accolades, the film won Best Narrative Short at the 2018 Macon Film Festival. Additionally, Angel of Anywhere screened at nearly two dozen global film festivals, including the Academy Award qualifying Hollyshorts and Sidewalk Film Festivals. Angel of Anywhere was distributed internationally by Hewes Pictures on broadcast television through ShortsTV and Amazon Prime. It was also acquired in 2019 by the digital platform Omeleto for its four million subscribers. 

Digital Edition

His acclaimed documentary Digital Edition, about The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s transition from print to digital as they operate in a new media environment, is now streaming on Amazon Prime and was an official selection of the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival, an Academy Award qualifying event. Crushed Celluloid raved, “Kicklighter’s direction has a kinetic pace to match its subject matter, but always keeps everything on a very human level…[Digital Edition] covers an important topic that I don’t feel has been given much thought in media.”

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Desires of the Heart

His first feature film, Desires of the Heart, was released theatrically across India in November 2015.  

Kris Sharma (Val Lauren, Interior. Leather. Bar.) leaves a budding romance with an artist (Alicia Minshew, "All My Children") in Savannah, GA for a marriage arranged by his parents in Rajasthan, India. There, he discovers centuries old secrets with his brother (Gulshan Grover, Hera Pheri) to determine the fate of his destiny.

Filmed on location with an international cast in crew in India's state of Rajasthan and Savannah, GA was an official selection of numerous festivals across the United States and around the world, including the Cannes Marché du Film and was the winner of Best Foreign Film at the LA Femme Film Festival. 

 

Hillary for America

He was the Film Director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign in Virginia, directing content featuring Sen. Tim Kaine, Sean Astin, Lena Dunham (“Girls”), Kate Walsh, (“Grey’s Anatomy”) Bellamy Young (“Scandal”), Constance Wu (“Fresh off the Boat”), Miley Cyrus, Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, amongst other public and political figures. However, his favorite memories include directing profiles private citizens, including American heroes like Sgt. Jimmy Ochan.

Desires of the Heart

His first feature film, Desires of the Heart, was released theatrically across India in November 2015.  

Kris Sharma (Val Lauren, Interior. Leather. Bar.) leaves a budding romance with an artist (Alicia Minshew, "All My Children") in Savannah, GA for a marriage arranged by his parents in Rajasthan, India. There, he discovers centuries old secrets with his brother (Gulshan Grover, Hera Pheri) to determine the fate of his destiny.

Filmed on location with an international cast in crew in India's state of Rajasthan and Savannah, GA was an official selection of numerous festivals across the United States and around the world, including the Cannes Marché du Film and won Best Foreign Film at the LA Femme Film Festival. 

 Hillary for America

He was the Film Director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign in Virginia, directing content featuring Sen. Tim Kaine, Sean Astin, Lena Dunham (“Girls”), Kate Walsh, (“Grey’s Anatomy”) Bellamy Young (“Scandal”), Constance Wu (“Fresh off the Boat”), Miley Cyrus, Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, amongst other public and political figures. However, his favorite memories include directing profiles private citizens, including American heroes like Sgt. Jimmy Ochan.

Desires of the Heart

His first feature film, Desires of the Heart, was released theatrically across India in November 2015.  

Kris Sharma (Val Lauren, Interior. Leather. Bar.) leaves a budding romance with an artist (Alicia Minshew, "All My Children") in Savannah, GA for a marriage arranged by his parents in Rajasthan, India. There, he discovers centuries old secrets with his brother (Gulshan Grover, Hera Pheri) to determine the fate of his destiny.

Filmed on location with an international cast in crew in India's state of Rajasthan and Savannah, GA was an official selection of numerous festivals across the United States and around the world, including the Cannes Marché du Film and was the winner of Best Foreign Film at the LA Femme Film Festival. 

Hillary for America

He was the Film Director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign in Virginia, directing content featuring Sen. Tim Kaine, Sean Astin, Lena Dunham (“Girls”), Kate Walsh, (“Grey’s Anatomy”) Bellamy Young (“Scandal”), Constance Wu (“Fresh off the Boat”), Miley Cyrus, Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, amongst other public and political figures. However, his favorite memories include directing profiles private citizens, including American heroes like Sgt. Jimmy Ochan.

Desires of the Heart

His first feature film, Desires of the Heart, was released theatrically across India in November 2015.  

Kris Sharma (Val Lauren, Interior. Leather. Bar.) leaves a budding romance with an artist (Alicia Minshew, "All My Children") in Savannah, GA for a marriage arranged by his parents in Rajasthan, India. There, he discovers centuries old secrets with his brother (Gulshan Grover, Hera Pheri) to determine the fate of his destiny.

Filmed on location with an international cast in crew in India's state of Rajasthan and Savannah, GA was an official selection of numerous festivals across the United States and around the world, including the Cannes Marché du Film and was the winner of Best Foreign Film at the LA Femme Film Festival. 

Hillary for America

He was the Film Director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign in Virginia, directing content featuring Sen. Tim Kaine, Sean Astin, Lena Dunham (“Girls”), Kate Walsh, (“Grey’s Anatomy”) Bellamy Young (“Scandal”), Constance Wu (“Fresh off the Boat”), Miley Cyrus, Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, amongst other public and political figures. However, his favorite memories include directing profiles private citizens, including American heroes like Sgt. Jimmy Ochan.

Philanthropy

Philanthropy

Philanthropy

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Director James Kicklighter volunteers with AMBITION, a Los Angeles-based program that teaches entrepreneurial skills to low-income students.

Additionally, James serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Communication Arts at Georgia Southern University, his alma mater. He was recently chosen out of over 30,000 living graduates to be listed on the inaugural “40 Under 40 Alumni.” He was selected for “impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.”

Director James Kicklighter volunteers with AMBITION, a Los Angeles-based program that teaches entrepreneurial skills to low-income students.

Additionally, James serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Communication Arts at Georgia Southern University, his alma mater. He was recently chosen out of over 30,000 living graduates to be listed on the inaugural “40 Under 40 Alumni.” He was selected for “impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.”

Director James Kicklighter volunteers with AMBITION, a Los Angeles-based program that teaches entrepreneurial skills to low-income students.

Additionally, James serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Communication Arts at Georgia Southern University, his alma mater. He was recently chosen out of over 30,000 living graduates to be listed on the inaugural “40 Under 40 Alumni.” He was selected for “impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.”

Director James Kicklighter volunteers with AMBITION, a Los Angeles-based program that teaches entrepreneurial skills to low-income students.

Additionally, James serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Communication Arts at Georgia Southern University, his alma mater. He was recently chosen out of over 30,000 living graduates to be listed on the inaugural “40 Under 40 Alumni.” He was selected for “impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.”