An artist with compassionate and intelligent vision,

An artist with a compassionate and intelligent vision

 An artist with a compassionate and intelligent vision,

An artist with a compassionate and intelligent vision,

both disciplined and inquisitive, the hallmarks of a

both disciplined and inquisitive, the hallmarks of 

both disciplined and inquisitive, the hallmarks of a

both disciplined and inquisitive, the hallmarks of 

both disciplined and inquisitive, the hallmarks of

instinctual and intuitive director.

an instinctual and intiutive director.

instinctual and intuitive director.

                        an instinctual and intuitive director.

an instinctual and intuitive director.

Film Inquiry (2021)

Film Inquiry (2021)

Film Inquiry (2021)

Film Inquiry (2021)

Film Inquiry (2021)

Meet Director James Kicklighter.

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.

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

Meet James.

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.

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

Meet James.

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 ReporterThe Times of IndiaFilm 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.

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

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Current Work

Current Work

Current Work

The Sound of Identity

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 winning and is executive produced by Golden Globe®-winner and Academy Award®-nominated Josh Bachove (Minari, The Little Hours), with Jonathan Pope (The Social Dilemma) on as Director of Photography.

The American Question

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. 

The Sound of Identity

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 is executive produced by Golden Globe®-winner and Academy Award®-nominated Josh Bachove (Minari, The Little Hours), with Jonathan Pope (The Social Dilemma) on as Director of Photography.

The American Question

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. 

The Sound of Identity

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 is executive produced by Golden Globe®-winner and Academy Award®-nominated Josh Bachove (Minari, The Little Hours), with Jonathan Pope (The Social Dilemma) on as Director of Photography.

The American Question

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. 

The Sound of Identity

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 is executive produced by Golden Globe®-winner and Academy Award®-nominated Josh Bachove (Minari, The Little Hours), with Jonathan Pope (The Social Dilemma) on as Director of Photography.

The American Question

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. 

The Sound of Identity

On June 1, 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 is executive produced by Golden Globe®-winner and Academy Award®-nominated Josh Bachove (Minari, The Little Hours), with Jonathan Pope (The Social Dilemma) on as Director of Photography.

The American Question

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. 

Philanthropy

Philanthropy

Philanthropy

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Director James 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 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.”

Director James 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 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.”

Director James 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 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.”

Director James 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 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.”