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 an award-winning director and producer of narrative films, documentaries and advertising. 

His work has been recognized by the world’s press, including The Hollywood ReporterThe Times of India, Film Courage and FilmInk Australia. Kicklighter has served as a panelist at the Oscar®-qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival, taught filmmaking courses on Stage32.com, and his interview series with the popular YouTube channel Film Courage has over 250,000 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 an award-winning director and producer of narrative films, documentaries and advertising.

His work has been recognized by the world’s press, including The Hollywood ReporterThe Times of India, Film Courage and FilmInk Australia. Kicklighter has served as a panelist at the Oscar®-qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival, taught filmmaking courses on Stage32.com, and his interview series with the popular YouTube channel Film Courage has over 250,000 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 an award-winning director and producer of narrative films, documentaries and advertising.

His work has been recognized by the world’s press, including The Hollywood Reporter, The Times of India, Film Courage and FilmInk Australia. Kicklighter has served as a panelist at the Oscar®-qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival, taught filmmaking courses on Stage32.com, and his interview series with the popular YouTube channel Film Courage has over 250,000 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 American Question

In 2022, James Kicklighter will release his multi-year documentary, The American Question, filmed from December 2016 – 2021. 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, providing solutions 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 and produces 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"), featuring original animation from Filmograph (Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Candyman, Promising Young Woman).  

The American Question

In 2022, James Kicklighter will release his multi-year documentary, The American Question, filmed from December 2016 – 2021. 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, providing solutions 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 and produces 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"), featuring original animation from Filmograph (Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Candyman, Promising Young Woman).  

The American Question

In 2022, James Kicklighter will release his multi-year documentary, The American Question, filmed from December 2016 – 2021. 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, providing solutions 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 and produces 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"), featuring original animation from Filmograph (Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Candyman, Promising Young Woman).  

Recent Work

The Sound of Identity

In June 2021, Shout! Studios released The Sound of Identity, now streaming on STARZ and rated 91% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Also avaliable on-demand in the United States and Canada on AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu, 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 (Emmy® Award Nominee, The Social Dilemma) on as Director of Photography.

The Sound of Identity

In June 2021, Shout! Studios released The Sound of Identity,  now streaming on STARZ and rated 91% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Also avaliable on-demand in the United States and Canada on AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu, 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 (Emmy® Award Nominee, The Social Dilemma) on as Director of Photography.

The Sound of Identity

In June 2021, Shout! Studios released The Sound of Identity,  now streaming on STARZ and rated 91% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Also avaliable on-demand in the United States and Canada on AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu, 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 (Emmy® Award Nominee, The Social Dilemma) on as Director of Photography.

Philanthropy

Philanthropy

Philanthropy

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Director James Kicklighter is on the Advisory Board for AMBITION, a Los Angeles-based entrepreneurial program for disadvantaged youth that fosters innovation, solution-driven thinking, confidence and positive work ethic through collaborative hands-on participation, real-world business experience and powerful, consistent connections with successful business leaders, entrepreneurs and special guests.

He also 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 Georgia Southern 40 Under 40 Alumni, selected for “impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.”

 

 

Director James Kicklighter is on the Advisory Board for AMBITION, a Los Angeles-based entrepreneurial program for disadvantaged youth that fosters innovation, solution-driven thinking, confidence and positive work ethic through collaborative hands-on participation, real-world business experience and powerful, consistent connections with successful business leaders, entrepreneurs and special guests.

He also 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 Georgia Southern 40 Under 40 Alumni, selected for “impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.”

 

 

Director James Kicklighter is on the Advisory Board for AMBITION, a Los Angeles-based entrepreneurial program for disadvantaged youth that fosters innovation, solution-driven thinking, confidence and positive work ethic through collaborative hands-on participation, real-world business experience and powerful, consistent connections with successful business leaders, entrepreneurs and special guests.

He also 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 Georgia Southern 40 Under 40 Alumni, selected for “impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors.”

 

Director James Kicklighter's full biography is avaliable for download here.

Director James Kicklighter's full biography is avaliable for download here.

Director James Kicklighter's full biography is avaliable for download here.