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The Car Wash

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Seattle Youth Media Interview


An elderly woman (Edith Ivey, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) visits the local car wash and lube to connect with the world closing in around her.

Awards and Film Festivals

2010 Melbourne Independent Festival, Best Drama
2010 NFFTY, Audience Choice Award
2010 GA Communication Association, 1st Place
2010 Rome Intl. Film Festival
2010 Garden State Film Festival
2010 Macon Film Festival
2010 EGOFest Short Film Festival


Money Has Nothing To Do With Making A ‘Real’ Movie with James Kicklighter

  • A lot of people do put these litmus tests on what it means to make a real movie, and I think it’s bullshit. It’s a real movie the moment that people are watching it and the second that people are writing about it.

    Film Courage >>

Interview with Edith Ivey

  • Kicklighter immediately knew who he wanted for the female lead, and sent the script to Ivey, not knowing whether she would accept the role, or even if she was available. Turns out, she was available, but Ivey said that even if she wasn’t, she would have rearranged her schedule in order to be involved. The script was so perfect, she said, that every line on the page was exactly how she would say it in real life. ‘I would have thought that no one under the age of 50 could have even thought about writing this material.’

    The 11th Hour >>

Southeast Georgians cross paths in a small world

  • Called ‘Car Wash’ it was said to be the latest offering of a talented and young (just 22 years old) filmmaker from southeast Georgia who is rapidly making a name for himself in the world of film and digital expression. I regret missing the film, but more than that, regret not having a chance to talk one-on-one with the producer — James Kicklighter.

    Rome News Tribune >>