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Director James Kicklighter expended the initial eighteen several years of his life in Bellville, Georgia, populace 123. Given that then, he has long gone on to turn out to be a multi-award profitable Los Angeles-based mostly filmmaker. His work has been recognized by the world’s press, including The Hollywood Reporter, The Times of India, Movie Courage and FilmInk Australia. Kicklighter is at the moment in post-manufacturing on two films, Angel of Anywhere and The American Issue.

Existing Work

Angel of Wherever is the tale of an empathetic stripper who performs therapist to his several ruined clientele and co-workers. Angel of Anywhere stars Briana Evigan (“Step Up Motion picture two: The Streets”), Ser’Darius Blain (“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”), and introduces Axel Roldos as Angel.

The American Query, his new documentary, examines individual values systems to recognize the partisan divide in The us. It cuts beneath politics to discover the common ground that can be the basis for coming with each other. The film is being made with a broad variety of imagined leaders throughout the cultural spectrum. The American Issue recently started editorial with Carlos Puga, the Emmy-award winning producer of MTV’s “True Life.” Carlos is also a SXSW Jury Award Winner and Sundance Award Nominee.

Additionally, he just lately directed the debut advertisement for We The Long term. It was proven by 2008 Obama for The usa Field Organizer and previous Lyft govt John McBride. WTF arms supporters with new equipment that leverage social networks and electronic communication channels to mobilize their pals and communities in elections.

Prior Perform

Los Angeles-dependent filmmaker James Kicklighter’s first feature, Wants of the Heart, was launched theatrically throughout India in November 2015. Kris Sharma (Val Lauren) leaves a budding romance with an artist (Alicia Minshew) in Savannah, GA for a marriage organized by his mother and father in Rajasthan, India. There, he discovers centuries aged strategies that may determine the destiny of his destiny. The film was an formal choice of numerous festivals across the United States and close to the entire world, such as the Cannes Marché du Movie and was the winner of Best International Film at the Los Angeles Femme Movie Pageant. Movie Risk declared that Needs “matches its narrative’s expansive ambitions with lovely visions that flip each Georgia and India into nearly long lasting states of postcard-welcoming imagery.” The Unbiased Critic said it is “both smart and fantastic…[challenging] each heart and thoughts with a story that is culturally grounded, fairly mystical in character, and nevertheless psychologically insightful.”

Beforehand, Ain’t it Awesome News mentioned of Adopted, his adaptation of the Zombie limited tale from Hugo Award winner Will McIntosh, “[is] an entirely new and refreshing consider on the zombie genre, directed with a sensitive and mild hand, [it’s] the most surprising horror shock noticed in fairly a even though.” Fotogramas, a single of Europe’s major movie publications, stated that “[Adopted]… return[s] the genre to progressive social commentary.” 

His most latest critically acclaimed documentary Electronic Version, about The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s transition from print to digital as they operate in a new media surroundings, is now streaming on Amazon Prime and was an official choice of the 2017 Atlanta Movie Festival, an Academy Award qualifying celebration. Crushed Celluloid raved, “Kicklighter’s route has a kinetic rate to match its matter subject, but always retains every thing on a very human level…[Digital Version] handles an critical matter that I really don't come to feel has been provided considerably thought in media.”

He was the Film Director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Marketing campaign in Virginia, directing material showcasing Sen. Tim Kaine, Sean Astin, Lena Dunham (“Girls”), Kate Walsh, (“Grey’s Anatomy”) Bellamy Young (“Scandal”), Constance Wu (“Fresh off the Boat”), Miley Cyrus, Olympic determine skater Michelle Kwan, former secretary of condition Madeleine Albright, amongst other community, non-public and political figures.

Coming Up Subsequent

Director James Kicklighter is establishing many movies with a southern voice for producers Richard Saperstein (The Mist, Se7en), M. Elizabeth Hughes (Quick Expression twelve, Girlfriend’s Working day) and Beau Turpin (Beneath the Leaves, Counterpunch), like The Perpetual Point out of Georgia from Casey Nelson and Kate Murdoch (The Very last Treasure Hunt) and Erk, a biopic about famous higher education soccer coach Erk Russell.

Furthermore, he is revising his first guide, the biography of famed amusement publicist Bobby Zarem. Yet another undertaking, his screenplay Escaping Bellview, was featured on The Black Record, SpecScout, and slated. Additionally, it was named to the Top fifty in the 2016 ISA Fast Track Fellowship.


Director James Kicklighter volunteers with AMBITION, a Los Angeles-based mostly plan that teaches entrepreneurial skills to minimal-revenue students.

In addition, James serves on the Advisory Board for the Office of Conversation Arts at Ga Southern College, his alma mater. He was just lately picked out of above thirty,000 dwelling graduates to be listed on the inaugural “40 Underneath 40 Alumni.”

He was picked for “impact in enterprise, management, community, academic and/or philanthropic endeavors.”

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