James Kicklighter Interviews, Press Reviews and Articles

Axel Roldos in Angel of Anywhere

  • Frustrated that he couldn’t create his own opportunities, he paid a thousand dollars to attend the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival, where he met director James Kicklighter. Axel pitched Kicklighter on the idea of making a short film, and though Kicklighter was initially hesitant, they went on to create Angel of Anywhere.

    June 22, 2018. Cool America Magazine >>

Angel of Anywhere to Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

  • Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema announced today its film lineup of 110 films, including JamesWorks Entertainment’s Angel of Anywhere from August 3 – 12th, 2018, and the news that Regal Entertainment Group has signed on to become the lead sponsor. KGFOC is presented by Regal Entertainment Group, New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre, and Broadcasting, SAG-AFTRA, Variety, MovieMaker Magazine and Final Draft.

    June 21, 2018. Broadway World >>

Review: Angel of Anywhere (★★★★)

  • There’s a nice juxtaposition in Angel of Anywhere. One the one hand, you have strip club customers looking for a physical connection with a complete stranger and on the other, people who can’t connect with the those closest to them. Of course, Angel is there to point the way.

    June 4, 2018. Film Threat >>

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 >>