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James Kicklighter

Los Angeles, California

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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 Stage32.com, and his interview series with the popular YouTube channel Film Courage has nearly 200,000 views.

On June 1st, 2021, Shout! Studios released The Sound of Identity, winner of the 2020 OUTShine Film Festival's Programmers Award for Excellence. Avaliable in the United States and Canada on Starz, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu, FandangoNow and other platforms, 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 Golden Globe®-winner and Academy Award®-nominated Josh Bachove (Minari, The Little Hours), with Jonathan Pope (Emmy® Award Nominee, The Social Dilemma) on as Director of Photography.

In 2022, Kicklighter will release THE AMERICAN QUESTION. Following numerous subjects since December 2016, The American Question examines the root of American polarization and the repercussions of eroded civic institutions, public trust and leadership - revealing pathways forward to solve the problem. 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, director of photography Jonathan Pope (Emmy® Award Nominee, The Social Dilemma), editors Mohamed El Manasterly (Emmy® Award Winner, The Square), J.D. Sievertson ("Cosmos") and Carlos Puga (Emmy® Award Winner, “True Life").

He was the Film Director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign in Virginia, directing content featuring 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 figure skater Michelle Kwan, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, amongst other public, private and political figures.

Kicklighter is developing several films with a southern voice for producers Richard Saperstein (The Mist, Se7en), M. Elizabeth Hughes (Short Term 12, Girlfriend’s Day) and Beau Turpin (Beneath the Leaves, Counterpunch), including The Perpetual State of Georgia from Casey Nelson and Kate Murdoch (The Last Treasure Hunt) and Erk, a biopic about legendary college football coach Erk Russell. His screenplay Escaping Bellview, was featured on The Black List, SpecScout, and slated. Additionally, it was named to the Top 50 in the 2016 ISA Fast Track Fellowship.

James serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Communication Arts at Georgia Southern University, his alma mater. He was recently chosen out of over 30,000 living graduates to be listed on the inaugural “40 Under 40 Alumni.” He was selected for “impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.”

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

For more information, please visit https://www.JamesKicklighter.com

I have been in the industry since 2010.

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