James Kicklighter Interviews, Press Reviews and Articles

New film “The American Question” challenges us to rethink values

  • “What’s dangerous is when someone comes to a different set of conclusions based on their ideological perspective and pegs the other as an enemy simply because the other doesn’t agree with their individualized ideology,” director James Kicklighter said. “I hope The American Question helps people recognize that their neighbor is as American as they are. That’s the starting point we need to get to,” he said.

    November 9, 2017. That Moment In >>

Angel of Anywhere: “A damn good short film.”

  • You might think you’ve seen this set up before….the hooker with a heart of gold scenario….but Angel of Anywhere is smarter than expected and goes into mature issues around relationships and sexuality with a particularly potent ending.

    November 4, 2017. Diamond in the Rough >>

Review: The Latest Kicklighter flick a winner

  • Director James Kicklighter serves up another winning film with Angel of Anywhere… while you may be thinking you’re in for some shallow, pointless cinematic short you should think again. [The film] is proof positive that he continues to grow as a filmmaker and challenge both himself and his audiences.

    October 26, 2017. The Independent Critic >>

Review: Angel is a “perfectly rendered movie.”

  • James Kicklighter executes the story in the most perfect of ways to bring to us this perfectly rendered movie….the visually superior cinematography, appropriate sound and a gripping screenplay merge to make this film a wonderful movie watching experience.

    September 15, 2017. The Utah Film Festival and Awards >>

Review: I wonder if Showgirls lied to me about VIP rooms

  • I now wonder after seeing Angel of Anywhere if Showgirls was lying to me (what a shocker?!) because I have a feeling what happens in those VIP rooms is a lot more like what happens in Angel of Anywhere instead of in Showgirls; awkward confessions without the sexy hookup. By the time Angel of Anywhere was over, I wished I had some kind of power in Hollywood or too much extra cash hanging around so I could use it to get this short film further expanded into a feature length movie or even better, a limited series, because I see nothing but potential for all kinds of fascinating stories and characters that can come from a scenario like that, getting therapy from a stripper.

    September 12, 2017. Movies Over the Rainbow >>