James Kicklighter Interviews, Press Reviews and Articles

The Deterioration of Our Value System

  • I now live in Los Angeles, where my colleagues never saw what it was like to live in a single-parent household, to be eligible for free lunch, to live in a trailer park. I’m also one of the few to leave Bellville and exceed my economic and professional expectations. The internet has provided my childhood friends a window into that, too. One recently congratulated me on Instagram for “having a great life” despite having no idea what my actual standard of living is. And while I’m proud that I’ve been able to achieve my level of economic and professional success, I am disturbed at the lack of opportunity for friends back at home. The American dream is simply out of reach for most.

    May 9, 2018. The American Question >>

Meet James Kicklighter, Film Director in Culver City

  • Bobby [Zarem] taught me that Hollywood is a community too, just like the one I grew up in. It’s small, and everyone knows you and your reputation. I really credit John [Maatta], Lilly [Lee] and Bobby for giving me the tools that I wasn’t born with in Bellville. But coming from a small town, I already was imbued with a strong sense of community. Discovering that Hollywood was the same, beyond people that you see in films and television, was a powerful revelation.

    May 1, 2018. VoyageLA >>

James Kicklighter’s “Escaping Bellview” semi-finalist at Nashville Film Festival

  • 204 Semi-Finalists and Finalists were selected for the 5th annual Screenwriting Competition. They were chosen from over 1,400 submissions from all over the world and include feature-length screenplays, short screenplays, and teleplays. James Kicklighter’s “Escaping Bellview” is a semi-finalist in the Family/Animation feature film category.

    April 7, 2018. Nashville Film Festival >>

James Kicklighter at the Director’s Guild on Networking

  • James Kicklighter (THE AMERICAN QUESTION, DIGITAL EDITION), JT Mollner (Filmmaker, OUTLAWS & ANGELS, Official Sundance Selection), Aaron Wolf (Filmmaker, RESTORING TOMORROW, TAR) and Richard Botto (CEO, Stage 32, Producer, Actor, Author of Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers) sat down for a panel on “How to Launch a Career From Short Film Filmmaking” at the Director’s Guild of America for the international 48 Hour Film Festival awards.

    March 16, 2018. YouTube >>

James Kicklighter at the DGA on starting a film career

  • James Kicklighter (THE AMERICAN QUESTION, DIGITAL EDITION), JT Mollner (Filmmaker, OUTLAWS & ANGELS, Official Sundance Selection), Aaron Wolf (Filmmaker, RESTORING TOMORROW, TAR) and Richard Botto (CEO, Stage 32, Producer, Actor, Author of Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers) sat down for a panel on “How to Launch a Career From Short Film Filmmaking” at the Director’s Guild of America for the international 48 Hour Film Festival awards.

    March 16, 2018. YouTube >>