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The Car Wash | Director James Kicklighter

The Car Wash

The Car Wash was the first narrative film written and directed by James Kicklighter when he was a college student at Georgia Southern University.  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. The film was the first project Ms. Ivey shot after working with David Fincher on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Screening at film festivals across the country, the student film won the Audience Choice Award at the 2010 National Film Festival for Talented Youth, the largest film festival in the world for filmmakers under the age of 24, Best Drama at the 2010 Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival, and 1st Place at the 2010 Georgia Communication Association Short Film Festival.

The Car Wash

The Car Wash was the first narrative film written and directed by James Kicklighter when he was a college student at Georgia Southern University.  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. The film was the first project Ms. Ivey shot after working with David Fincher on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Screening at film festivals across the country, the student film won the Audience Choice Award at the 2010 National Film Festival for Talented Youth, the largest film festival in the world for filmmakers under the age of 24, Best Drama at the 2010 Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival, and 1st Place at the 2010 Georgia Communication Association Short Film Festival.

The Car Wash

The Car Wash was the first narrative film written and directed by James Kicklighter when he was a college student at Georgia Southern University.  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. The film was the first project Ms. Ivey shot after working with David Fincher on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Screening at film festivals across the country, the student film won the Audience Choice Award at the 2010 National Film Festival for Talented Youth, the largest film festival in the world for filmmakers under the age of 24, Best Drama at the 2010 Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival, and 1st Place at the 2010 Georgia Communication Association Short Film Festival.

The Car Wash

The Car Wash was the first narrative film written and directed by James Kicklighter when he was a college student at Georgia Southern University.  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. The film was the first project Ms. Ivey shot after working with David Fincher on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Screening at film festivals across the country, the student film won the Audience Choice Award at the 2010 National Film Festival for Talented Youth, the largest film festival in the world for filmmakers under the age of 24, Best Drama at the 2010 Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival, and 1st Place at the 2010 Georgia Communication Association Short Film Festival.

Full Film

Full Film

Behind the Scenes Gallery

Behind the Scenes Gallery

James Kicklighter The Car Wash Edith Ivey On Set
James Kicklighter The Car Wash Edith Ivey On Set Statesboro Georgia
James Kicklighter The Car Wash Edith Ivey On Set Statesboro Car Wash
James Kicklighter National Film Festival for Talented Youth NFFTY
James Kicklighter National Film Festival for Talented Youth NFFTY 2010
James Kicklighter National Film Festival for Talented Youth NFFTY Q&A
James Kicklighter Mark Ezra Stokes Kasey Ray-Stokes
James Kicklighter Dominic Fera NFFTY
James Kicklighter The Car Wash Edith Ivey Rome International Film Festival 
James Kicklighter Jonathan Pope Edith Ivey Barry Stoltze SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Macon Film Festival
James Kicklighter The Car Wash Edith Ivey Rome International Film Festival 2
James Kicklighter NFFTY 2011
James Kicklighter NFFTY 2011 Followed Zombie Will McIntosh

Press

Press

The 11th Hour  The script was so perfect, Edith Ivey 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. You’d never know it was his first project. What impressed me about James was that he was tremendously organized. He knew exactly what he wanted, that’s why I had no idea this was a new venture for him.

Seattle Youth Media:Kicklighter said, 'The great thing about living today is that anyone can make a film. The question is, can you tell a story? You have all the resources avaliable to you.'

The 11th Hour  The script was so perfect, Edith Ivey 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. You’d never know it was his first project. What impressed me about James was that he was tremendously organized. He knew exactly what he wanted, that’s why I had no idea this was a new venture for him."

Seattle Youth Media:Kicklighter said, 'The great thing about living today is that anyone can make a film. The question is, can you tell a story? You have all the resources avaliable."

The 11th Hour  The script was so perfect, Edith Ivey 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. You’d never know it was his first project. What impressed me about James was that he was tremendously organized. He knew exactly what he wanted, that’s why I had no idea this was a new venture for him.

Seattle Youth Media:Kicklighter said, 'The great thing about living today is that anyone can make a film. The question is, can you tell a story? You have all the resources avaliable.'

The Rome News-Tribune  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. We conversed over the phone a couple of years ago, but never face to face.

Film Courage  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.

The Rome News-Tribune  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. We conversed over the phone a couple of years ago, but never face to face.

Film Courage  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.

The Rome News-Tribune  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. We conversed over the phone a couple of years ago, but never face to face.

Film Courage  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.

Edith Ivey in The 11th Hour | The Car Wash

The script was so perfect, Edith Ivey 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. You’d never know it was his first project. What impressed me about James was that he was tremendously organized. He knew exactly what he wanted, that’s why I had no idea this was a new venture for him.

Editor's Rating:
5