Director James Kicklighter spent the first eighteen years of his life in Bellville, Georgia, population 123.
Since then, he has gone on to become a multi-award winning Los Angeles-based film director and producer. His work has been recognized by the world’s press, including The Hollywood Reporter, The Times of India, Film Courage and FilmInk Australia.
Kicklighter recently served as a panelist at the 2018 Oscar-qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival, taught several filmmaking courses as an educator on Stage 32, and his interview series with the popular YouTube channel Film Courage has nearly 200,000 views.
In 2021, Shout! Studios will release The Sound of Identity, winner of the 2020 OUTShine Film Festival's Programmers Award for Excellence. In the spotlight of global media coverage, Lucia Lucas, the first transgender woman to perform as Don Giovanni in a professional opera, makes her historic debut in one of the reddest states in America.
From director James Kicklighter, The Sound of Identity is produced by Emmy Award-winning producers Russ Kirkpatrick & Andy Kinslow and Academy Award nominated executive producer Josh Bachove (Minari, The Nowhere Inn, The Little Hours).
In February 2020, Kicklighter completed principal photography on his multi-year documentary The American Question, which began post-production in June 2020.
Following numerous subjects since December 2016, the film examines the root of American polarization and the repercussions of eroded civic institutions, public trust and leadership.
Guided by an all-star lineup of experts, including Amy Chua (Day of Empire), Colin Woodard (American Nations), Yuval Levin (The Fractured Republic) and Yascha Mounk (The People vs. Democracy), we examine the broader arc of history and discover new revelations about the shared values system that binds society together in times of triumph and turmoil.
Kicklighter directs The American Question with a creative team including producer Guy Seemann, an international political consultant, and editors J.D. Sievertson ("Cosmos," "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman") and Carlos Puga, the Emmy-award winning producer of MTV’s “True Life,” and recent SXSW Jury Award Winner and Sundance Jury Nominee.
Kicklighter resides in Los Angeles.
Escaping Bellview Comedy ⋄ Drama ⋄ Independent In the hopes of leaving his small town, an awkward pre-teen tackles a stock market contest with a prize of visiting Atlanta. When he chooses to invest in a company that competes with his father's business, the pre-teen faces winning the contest at the expense of his dad's job or never being able to visit Atlanta. (Scouted on SpecScout.com, Top Script in Drama)
Branches Music Video When a young girl answers the siren song of a boy, she loses and finds herself in the forest.
The Car Wash Drama 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 American Question
Film (Documentary) Director
The Sound of Identity
A Dark Foe
Film Production Coordinator
Every 9 Hours
Angel of Anywhere
Film (Short) Director
Film (Documentary and History) Director In the midst of a publishing revolution, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one of America's most storied institutions of journalism, is experimenting with new tools to tell stories in preparation for the end of print in the digital era.
Six LA Love Stories
Film (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Producer
Hillary for America
Internet by Hillary for America Director Responsible for directing, shooting, producing, and editing all content targeted towards Virginia, deployed locally and nationally, featuring private citizens, public figures, politicians, explaining policies targeting the state for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
Film by James Kicklighter (Music and Short) Director On the brink of life or death, a man must choose the path for which his emotions take him.
Shel Bee: Branches
Video by James Kicklighter (Short and Music) Director When a young girl answers the siren song of a boy, she loses and finds herself in the forest.
A Few Things About Cancer
Film by James Kicklighter (Documentary) Director An intimate look at a newlywed couple's quarter-life crisis through stage four cancer.
Desires of the Heart
Film by James Kicklighter (Drama, Mystery and Romance) Director Dr. Kris Sharma is a psychiatrist from India practicing in Savannah, Georgia when he meets Madeline, a local artist with a mysterious past. But as their relationship begins to blossom in America, Kris is summoned home to marry the woman chosen by his parents. But as he begins to make decisions about his future, he discovers centuries old secrets that may seal the fate of his destiny. Written by Anonymous
Film by James Kicklighter (Short and Drama) Director From multi-award winning director James Kicklighter, Final Acts is the story of a revered actress' return to her roots as seen through the lens of an aspiring filmmaker, exploring the tenuous relationship between life and performance.
Film by James Kicklighter (Short and Drama) Director A socially conscious monster movie in which zombies symbolize society's disadvantaged and oppressed.
The Car Wash
Film by James Kicklighter (Short and Drama) Director An elderly woman visits the local car wash and lube to connect with the world closing in around her.
Theater of the Mind
Film by James Kicklighter (Documentary, History, Biography and News) Director In 2009, it is safe to say most people plan their days around the services of digital media. We have live news, on-demand movies, and mp3 downloads available to us instantly. But only several generations ago, none of these services existed, in a time when we could not tune out to other things. Instead, Americans shared a collective experience, listening to the programs of radio. Over the course of one semester, a sound design class at Georgia Southern University is charged to re-create a radio drama from the early twentieth century. While they have all the training and modern resources, their only personal connection to the era is through textbooks. Featuring famed performers from the Golden Age of Radio, discover the challenges of creating compelling content through the lens of those at the beginning and end of their careers, in a place as big as your imagination. Written by James Kicklighter
Film by James Kicklighter (Documentary, Adventure, Biography, Drama and 1 More) Director This spring, one group of college students is embarking on an international adventure, leaving behind the comforts of their lives in the United States to spend five weeks as foreigners studying abroad throughout Italy. While some are seasoned travelers, others have never stepped out of their state lines, yet alone the country. There's Leslie, an undeclared sophomore, who has never traveled alone or abroad and has no idea what to do with her life. While Leslie may be starting up her college career, Ansley is winding it down, completing her final two courses here before starting work in the fall. Matt, a first time world traveler and agnostic, is leaving home and his girlfriend behind, while John, a devout Catholic who struggles with a modern romance, is reconciling his place in a world at odds with his religious beliefs. Together, they will learn to fit into a culture far different from their own, with a strange language, diet, and travel pattern that all of them have barely imagined. ... Written by JamesWorks Entertainment
Best Documentary, Maverick Movie Awards
Best Documentary Short, First Glance Film Festival
Best Foreign Film, LA Femme International Film Festival
Audience Choice, National Film Festival for Talented Youth
Audience Choice, National Film Festival for Talented Youth
Best Short Film, Melbourne Independent Film Festival
Georgia Southern University