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James Kicklighter

Los Angeles, California

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Director James Kicklighter is a multi-award winning Los Angeles-based director, editor and producer available for hire. He can also provide a full production crew.

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. He resides in Los Angeles, California and still can't believe he gets to work across the country and around the globe.

In September 2019, Kicklighter completed post-production on The Sound of Identity, formerly Lucia's Voice, profiling Lucia Lucas' historic performance on the Tulsa Opera stage. Coming to audiences in 2020, in the spotlight of global media coverage, the first transgender woman ever 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 executive producer Josh Bachove (Lizzie, Yoga Hosers, The Little Hours).

Kicklighter recently produced Every 9 Hours, the directorial debut of novelist Jim St. Germain (A Stone of Hope) and Emmy-award winner Adam Margolis. The film premiered at the 2019 Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival. Every 9 Hours is a modern-day exploration of skin color and gender and how they affect one's ability to participate in relationships and society. Every 9 Hours stars Phillip Smithey (“Code Black,” “Grace and Frankie”), Elisabeth Ferrara (“Lethal Weapon”), Kahyun Kim (“American Gods”), Marcy Goldman (“Airplane!”) and legendary actor Danny Trejo (Machete, Predators).

In Winter 2019, Kicklighter will complete principal photography on his multi-year documentary The American Question. Following numerous subjects since December 2016, the film examines personal values systems to understand the partisan divide in America with a wide range of thought leaders across the cultural and political spectrum. Kicklighter directs The American Question with a creative team including producer Guy Seemann, an international political consultant, and editor Carlos Puga, the Emmy-award winning producer of MTV’s “True Life,” and recent SXSW Jury Award Winner and Sundance Jury Nominee.

Kicklighter recently served as a panelist at the 2018 Oscar-qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival, taught several filmmaking courses as an educator on Stage32.com, and his interview series with the popular YouTube channel Film Courage has nearly 200,000 views from around the world.

For more information, please visit www.JamesKicklighter.com

I have been in the industry since 2010.

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