James Kicklighter

Los Angeles, California

About Me

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.

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.

His latest film, Angel of Anywhere, is the story of an empathetic stripper who plays therapist to his many damaged clientele and co-workers. Starring Briana Evigan (Step Up Movie 2: The Streets) and Ser’Darius Blain (“Charmed,” Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), the film is now streaming on multiple platforms, including Amazon Video. It screened at nearly twenty global film festivals, winning Best Narrative Short at the 2018 Macon Film Festival. The film was distributed on domestic television by ShortsTV.

In 2019, he will release the directorial debut of youth advocate and novelist Jim St. Germain (“A Stone of Hope”), Every Nine Hours, which Kicklighter produced. The short film is a modern-day exploration of skin color and identity in society, featuring Kahyun Kim ("American Gods") and Danny Trejo (Machete). The film was staffed with over 50% females and minorities in positions across the cast and crew.

Kicklighter is currently filming The American Question, a new documentary examining personal values systems to understand the partisan divide in America. The film is being produced with a wide range of thought leaders across the cultural spectrum. The American Question recently began editorial with Carlos Puga, the Emmy-award winning producer of MTV's "True Life."

He was a filmmaker for Hillary Clinton's 2016 Presidential Campaign, directing content featuring Sen. Tim Kaine, Sean Astin, Lena Dunham, Kate Walsh, Bellamy Young, Constance Wu, Miley Cyrus, Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, amongst other public, private and political figures.

His first feature film, Desires of the Heart, was released theatrically across India in November 2015. Kris Sharma (Val Lauren) leaves a budding romance with an artist (Alicia Minshew) in Savannah, GA for a marriage arranged by his parents in Rajasthan, India. There, he discovers centuries old secrets that may determine the fate of his destiny. The film was an official selection of numerous festivals across the United States and around the world, including the Cannes Marché du Film and was the winner of Best Foreign Film at the Los Angeles Femme Film Festival. Film Threat declared that Desires “matches its narrative’s expansive ambitions with gorgeous visions that turn both Georgia and India into almost permanent states of postcard-friendly imagery.” The Independent Critic said it is “both intelligent and fantastic…[challenging] both heart and mind with a story that is culturally grounded, somewhat mystical in nature, and yet psychologically insightful.”

Outside of filmmaking, Kicklighter volunteers with AMBITION, a Los Angeles-based program that teaches entrepreneurial skills to low-income students. Additionally, James serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Communication Arts at Georgia Southern University, his alma mater. He was chosen out of over 30,000 living graduates to be listed on the inaugural “40 Under 40 Alumni” for “impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.”

For more information, please visit JamesKicklighter.com

I have been in the industry since 2010.

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Added on 1/9/2019

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 filmmaker.…

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