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The Sound of Identity

Winner of the 2020 OUTShine Film Festival's Programmers Award for Excellence, 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 executive producer Josh Bachove (Minari, The Nowhere Inn, The Little Hours).

The Sound of Identity

Winner of the 2020 OUTShine Film Festival's Programmers Award for Excellence, 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 executive producer Josh Bachove (Minari, The Nowhere Inn, The Little Hours).

The Sound of Identity

Winner of the 2020 OUTShine Film Festival's Programmers Award for Excellence, 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 executive producer Josh Bachove (Minari, The Nowhere Inn, The Little Hours).

The Sound of Identity

Winner of the 2020 OUTShine Film Festival's Programmers Award for Excellence, 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 executive producer Josh Bachove (Minari, The Nowhere Inn, The Little Hours).

The Sound of Identity

Winner of the 2020 OUTShine Film Festival's Programmers Award for Excellence, 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 executive producer Josh Bachove (Minari, The Nowhere Inn, The Little Hours).

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Press

Press

Film Threat  You see Lucia, Tobias, and the cast and crew of the opera as simply people, as the incredible artists that they are. That’s the point, and that’s how it should be.

The Independent Critic  As a longtime fan of James Kicklighter's work, I've become accustomed to the quality independent motion pictures he creates seemingly regardless of type or genre.  The Sound of Identity is, perhaps, the film that will, or at least should, make Kicklighter the household name he always should have been. 

Director's Notes  I knew Lucia always had to be interviewed on a stage. This alluded to her historic performance, but also, the public stage of judgement that any otherized person stands upon. The stage gets bigger with every interview, representing the internal and external growth of her career. In each conversation, I fashioned the questions to represent each phase of her career within the three act structure. Once we left one stage, as with our development as artists, we would never return to that stage again. In the final cut of the film, we change stages every 30 minutes for each act.

One Film Fan  It is our very humanity thrust into the spotlight, a stirringly potent orchestration that revolves around raw talent, emboldened, hard-won confidence, all deftly placed into our scope of vision through this 90-minute documentary effort from director/editor James Kicklighter.

Inside the Arts  This is actually a good movie to show people who aren’t familiar with mounting a production because there is a lot of detail, but very little technical jargon. The movie is really about arts organizations and the environment in which they operate. If you have an opportunity to see the movie, I think you will enjoy it. 

IndyRed  It was about a subject I normally wouldn't go out of my way to learn about. Casting a trans woman as Giovanni is only the tag-line, only the hook - because with this film, there's simply so much more. 

UK Film Review  Kicklighter used this ground-breaking story to shine a light on the incredible talent present in the industry and The Sound of Identity might help to bring attention to the art form. 

Tulsa World  Seeing a crew of people lugging cameras and lighting equipment and setting up a filming location isn’t as rare a sight in the Tulsa area as was once the case.

Public Radio International  The New York Times sent a reporter. The Metropolitan Opera sent a casting representative. Lucas had a documentary crew following her around. And her dad, whom she hadn’t seen for a decade, flew in specially for the occasion.

 

Film Threat  You see Lucia, Tobias, and the cast and crew of the opera as simply people, as the incredible artists that they are. That’s the point, and that’s how it should be.

The Independent Critic  As a longtime fan of James Kicklighter's work, I've become accustomed to the quality independent motion pictures he creates seemingly regardless of type or genre.  The Sound of Identity is, perhaps, the film that will, or at least should, make Kicklighter the household name he always should have been. 

Director's Notes  I knew Lucia always had to be interviewed on a stage. This alluded to her historic performance, but also, the public stage of judgement that any otherized person stands upon. The stage gets bigger with every interview, representing the internal and external growth of her career. In each conversation, I fashioned the questions to represent each phase of her career within the three act structure. Once we left one stage, as with our development as artists, we would never return to that stage again. In the final cut of the film, we change stages every 30 minutes for each act.

One Film Fan  It is our very humanity thrust into the spotlight, a stirringly potent orchestration that revolves around raw talent, emboldened, hard-won confidence, all deftly placed into our scope of vision through this 90-minute documentary effort from director/editor James Kicklighter.

Inside the Arts  This is actually a good movie to show people who aren’t familiar with mounting a production because there is a lot of detail, but very little technical jargon. The movie is really about arts organizations and the environment in which they operate. If you have an opportunity to see the movie, I think you will enjoy it. 

IndyRed  It was about a subject I normally wouldn't go out of my way to learn about. Casting a trans woman as Giovanni is only the tag-line, only the hook - because with this film, there's simply so much more. 

UK Film Review  Kicklighter used this ground-breaking story to shine a light on the incredible talent present in the industry and The Sound of Identity might help to bring attention to the art form. 

Tulsa World  Seeing a crew of people lugging cameras and lighting equipment and setting up a filming location isn’t as rare a sight in the Tulsa area as was once the case.

Public Radio International  The New York Times sent a reporter. The Metropolitan Opera sent a casting representative. Lucas had a documentary crew following her around. And her dad, whom she hadn’t seen for a decade, flew in specially for the occasion.

 

Film Threat  You see Lucia, Tobias, and the cast and crew of the opera as simply people, as the incredible artists that they are. That’s the point, and that’s how it should be.

The Independent Critic  As a longtime fan of James Kicklighter's work, I've become accustomed to the quality independent motion pictures he creates seemingly regardless of type or genre.  The Sound of Identity is, perhaps, the film that will, or at least should, make Kicklighter the household name he always should have been. 

Director's Notes  I knew Lucia always had to be interviewed on a stage. This alluded to her historic performance, but also, the public stage of judgement that any otherized person stands upon. The stage gets bigger with every interview, representing the internal and external growth of her career. In each conversation, I fashioned the questions to represent each phase of her career within the three act structure. Once we left one stage, as with our development as artists, we would never return to that stage again. In the final cut of the film, we change stages every 30 minutes for each act.

One Film Fan  It is our very humanity thrust into the spotlight, a stirringly potent orchestration that revolves around raw talent, emboldened, hard-won confidence, all deftly placed into our scope of vision through this 90-minute documentary effort from director/editor James Kicklighter.

Inside the Arts  This is actually a good movie to show people who aren’t familiar with mounting a production because there is a lot of detail, but very little technical jargon. The movie is really about arts organizations and the environment in which they operate. If you have an opportunity to see the movie, I think you will enjoy it. 

IndyRed  It was about a subject I normally wouldn't go out of my way to learn about. Casting a trans woman as Giovanni is only the tag-line, only the hook - because with this film, there's simply so much more. 

UK Film Review  Kicklighter used this ground-breaking story to shine a light on the incredible talent present in the industry and The Sound of Identity might help to bring attention to the art form. 

Tulsa World  Seeing a crew of people lugging cameras and lighting equipment and setting up a filming location isn’t as rare a sight in the Tulsa area as was once the case.

Public Radio International  The New York Times sent a reporter. The Metropolitan Opera sent a casting representative. Lucas had a documentary crew following her around. And her dad, whom she hadn’t seen for a decade, flew in specially for the occasion.

 

Film Threat  You see Lucia, Tobias, and the cast and crew of the opera as simply people, as the incredible artists that they are. That’s the point, and that’s how it should be.

The Independent Critic  As a longtime fan of James Kicklighter's work, I've become accustomed to the quality independent motion pictures he creates seemingly regardless of type or genre.  The Sound of Identity is, perhaps, the film that will, or at least should, make Kicklighter the household name he always should have been. 

Director's Notes  I knew Lucia always had to be interviewed on a stage. This alluded to her historic performance, but also, the public stage of judgement that any otherized person stands upon. The stage gets bigger with every interview, representing the internal and external growth of her career. In each conversation, I fashioned the questions to represent each phase of her career within the three act structure. Once we left one stage, as with our development as artists, we would never return to that stage again. In the final cut of the film, we change stages every 30 minutes for each act.

One Film Fan  It is our very humanity thrust into the spotlight, a stirringly potent orchestration that revolves around raw talent, emboldened, hard-won confidence, all deftly placed into our scope of vision through this 90-minute documentary effort from director/editor James Kicklighter.

Inside the Arts  This is actually a good movie to show people who aren’t familiar with mounting a production because there is a lot of detail, but very little technical jargon. The movie is really about arts organizations and the environment in which they operate. If you have an opportunity to see the movie, I think you will enjoy it. 

IndyRed  It was about a subject I normally wouldn't go out of my way to learn about. Casting a trans woman as Giovanni is only the tag-line, only the hook - because with this film, there's simply so much more. 

UK Film Review  Kicklighter used this ground-breaking story to shine a light on the incredible talent present in the industry and The Sound of Identity might help to bring attention to the art form.  

Tulsa World  Seeing a crew of people lugging cameras and lighting equipment and setting up a filming location isn’t as rare a sight in the Tulsa area as was once the case.

Public Radio International  The New York Times sent a reporter. The Metropolitan Opera sent a casting representative. Lucas had a documentary crew following her around. And her dad, whom she hadn’t seen for a decade, flew in specially for the occasion.

Film Threat  You see Lucia, Tobias, and the cast and crew of the opera as simply people, as the incredible artists that they are. That’s the point, and that’s how it should be.

The Independent Critic  As a longtime fan of James Kicklighter's work, I've become accustomed to the quality independent motion pictures he creates seemingly regardless of type or genre.  The Sound of Identity is, perhaps, the film that will, or at least should, make Kicklighter the household name he always should have been. 

Director's Notes  I knew Lucia always had to be interviewed on a stage. This alluded to her historic performance, but also, the public stage of judgement that any otherized person stands upon. The stage gets bigger with every interview, representing the internal and external growth of her career. In each conversation, I fashioned the questions to represent each phase of her career within the three act structure. Once we left one stage, as with our development as artists, we would never return to that stage again. In the final cut of the film, we change stages every 30 minutes for each act. 

One Film Fan  It is our very humanity thrust into the spotlight, a stirringly potent orchestration that revolves around raw talent, emboldened, hard-won confidence, all deftly placed into our scope of vision through this 90-minute documentary effort from director/editor James Kicklighter.

Inside the Arts  This is actually a good movie to show people who aren’t familiar with mounting a production because there is a lot of detail, but very little technical jargon. The movie is really about arts organizations and the environment in which they operate. If you have an opportunity to see the movie, I think you will enjoy it. 

IndyRed  It was about a subject I normally wouldn't go out of my way to learn about. Casting a trans woman as Giovanni is only the tag-line, only the hook - because with this film, there's simply so much more. 

UK Film Review  Kicklighter used this ground-breaking story to shine a light on the incredible talent present in the industry and The Sound of Identity might help to bring attention to the art form. 

Tulsa World  Seeing a crew of people lugging cameras and lighting equipment and setting up a filming location isn’t as rare a sight in the Tulsa area as was once the case.

Public Radio International  The New York Times sent a reporter. The Metropolitan Opera sent a casting representative. Lucas had a documentary crew following her around. And her dad, whom she hadn’t seen for a decade, flew in specially for the occasion.

 

Transgender Partners  Director James Kicklighter weaves three art forms—opera, filmmaking and interview—into a single viewing experience that made Lucia’s seemingly different life something I could relate to, and more surprisingly, opera something that I suddenly saw as relevant. 

Operawire  As Kicklighter pointed out in our conversation, vocal tone, for better or for worse, is a defining aspect of gender. 

The Newnan Times-Herald  This story would be a carnival side-show in lesser hands, but Kicklighter finds his way in by concentrating on the baritone voice and the process built around it.

Playbill  A new documentary from James Kicklighter, titled The Sound of Identity, follows her journey leading up to her barrier-breaking bow.

Reviews by Amos Lassen  This brilliant film brings together art, talent and a transgender person who is about to give a whole new look at who we are and what we can do.

Screencritix  A lovingly crafted, intimate story following the creative process from beginning to end, The Sound of Identity is a hugely successful and modern addition to LGBT cinema.

Edge Media Network  It is impossible not to be taken up by both her charm and talent, and Kicklighter’s film makes us feel part of her great triumph too.

QueerguruTV  Kicklighter says, "I always had a clear idea in my mind the outcome for the film. Without giving it away, the way the film ends is precisely how I wanted it to happen, which was a major risk in hindsight. It's very gratifying, and rare as a director, when that occurs."

Broadway World  Principal filming on the documentary begins in April. The film will look into Ms. Lucas' life, and her love of opera, and will examine the affection the mid-sized modern American city of Tulsa - where Ms. Lucas will perform - has historically had for the arts. In the early 1900's, Tulsa had an Opera House before it had running water.

 

 

Transgender Partners  Director James Kicklighter weaves three art forms—opera, filmmaking and interview—into a single viewing experience that made Lucia’s seemingly different life something I could relate to, and more surprisingly, opera something that I suddenly saw as relevant. 

Operawire  As Kicklighter pointed out in our conversation, vocal tone, for better or for worse, is a defining aspect of gender. 

The Newnan Times-Herald  This story would be a carnival side-show in lesser hands, but Kicklighter finds his way in by concentrating on the baritone voice and the process built around it.

Playbill  A new documentary from James Kicklighter, titled The Sound of Identity, follows her journey leading up to her barrier-breaking bow.

Reviews by Amos Lassen  This brilliant film brings together art, talent and a transgender person who is about to give a whole new look at who we are and what we can do.

Screencritix  A lovingly crafted, intimate story following the creative process from beginning to end, The Sound of Identity is a hugely successful and modern addition to LGBT cinema.

Edge Media Network  It is impossible not to be taken up by both her charm and talent, and Kicklighter’s film makes us feel part of her great triumph too.

QueerguruTV  Kicklighter says, "I always had a clear idea in my mind the outcome for the film. Without giving it away, the way the film ends is precisely how I wanted it to happen, which was a major risk in hindsight. It's very gratifying, and rare as a director, when that occurs."

Broadway World  Principal filming on the documentary begins in April. The film will look into Ms. Lucas' life, and her love of opera, and will examine the affection the mid-sized modern American city of Tulsa - where Ms. Lucas will perform - has historically had for the arts. In the early 1900's, Tulsa had an Opera House before it had running water.

 

 

Transgender Partners  Director James Kicklighter weaves three art forms—opera, filmmaking and interview—into a single viewing experience that made Lucia’s seemingly different life something I could relate to, and more surprisingly, opera something that I suddenly saw as relevant. 

Operawire  As Kicklighter pointed out in our conversation, vocal tone, for better or for worse, is a defining aspect of gender. 

The Newnan Times-Herald  This story would be a carnival side-show in lesser hands, but Kicklighter finds his way in by concentrating on the baritone voice and the process built around it.

Playbill  A new documentary from James Kicklighter, titled The Sound of Identity, follows her journey leading up to her barrier-breaking bow.

Reviews by Amos Lassen  This brilliant film brings together art, talent and a transgender person who is about to give a whole new look at who we are and what we can do.

Screencritix  A lovingly crafted, intimate story following the creative process from beginning to end, The Sound of Identity is a hugely successful and modern addition to LGBT cinema.

Edge Media Network  It is impossible not to be taken up by both her charm and talent, and Kicklighter’s film makes us feel part of her great triumph too.

QueerguruTV  Kicklighter says, "I always had a clear idea in my mind the outcome for the film. Without giving it away, the way the film ends is precisely how I wanted it to happen, which was a major risk in hindsight. It's very gratifying, and rare as a director, when that occurs."

Broadway World  Principal filming on the documentary begins in April. The film will look into Ms. Lucas' life, and her love of opera, and will examine the affection the mid-sized modern American city of Tulsa - where Ms. Lucas will perform - has historically had for the arts. In the early 1900's, Tulsa had an Opera House before it had running water.

 

 

Operawire  As Kicklighter pointed out in our conversation, vocal tone, for better or for worse, is a defining aspect of gender. 

Transgender Partners   Director James Kicklighter weaves three art forms—opera, filmmaking and interview—into a single viewing experience that made Lucia’s seemingly different life something I could relate to, and more surprisingly, opera something that I suddenly saw as relevant. 

The Newnan Times-Herald  This story would be a carnival side-show in lesser hands, but Kicklighter finds his way in by concentrating on the baritone voice and the process built around it.

Playbill  A new documentary from James Kicklighter, titled The Sound of Identity, follows her journey leading up to her barrier-breaking bow.

Reviews by Amos Lassen  This brilliant film brings together art, talent and a transgender person who is about to give a whole new look at who we are and what we can do.

Screencritix  A lovingly crafted, intimate story following the creative process from beginning to end, The Sound of Identity is a hugely successful and modern addition to LGBT cinema.

Edge Media Network  It is impossible not to be taken up by both her charm and talent, and Kicklighter’s film makes us feel part of her great triumph too.

QueerguruTV  Kicklighter says, "I always had a clear idea in my mind the outcome for the film. Without giving it away, the way the film ends is precisely how I wanted it to happen, which was a major risk in hindsight. It's very gratifying, and rare as a director, when that occurs." 

Broadway World  Principal filming on the documentary begins in April. The film will look into Ms. Lucas' life, and her love of opera, and will examine the affection the mid-sized modern American city of Tulsa - where Ms. Lucas will perform - has historically had for the arts. In the early 1900's, Tulsa had an Opera House before it had running water.

 

 

Operawire  As Kicklighter pointed out in our conversation, vocal tone, for better or for worse, is a defining aspect of gender. 

Transgender Partners   Director James Kicklighter weaves three art forms—opera, filmmaking and interview—into a single viewing experience that made Lucia’s seemingly different life something I could relate to, and more surprisingly, opera something that I suddenly saw as relevant. 

The Newnan Times-Herald  This story would be a carnival side-show in lesser hands, but Kicklighter finds his way in by concentrating on the baritone voice and the process built around it.

Playbill  A new documentary from James Kicklighter, titled The Sound of Identity, follows her journey leading up to her barrier-breaking bow.

Reviews by Amos Lassen  This brilliant film brings together art, talent and a transgender person who is about to give a whole new look at who we are and what we can do.

Screencritix  A lovingly crafted, intimate story following the creative process from beginning to end, The Sound of Identity is a hugely successful and modern addition to LGBT cinema.

Edge Media Network  It is impossible not to be taken up by both her charm and talent, and Kicklighter’s film makes us feel part of her great triumph too.

QueerguruTV  Kicklighter says, "I always had a clear idea in my mind the outcome for the film. Without giving it away, the way the film ends is precisely how I wanted it to happen, which was a major risk in hindsight. It's very gratifying, and rare as a director, when that occurs."

Broadway World  Principal filming on the documentary begins in April. The film will look into Ms. Lucas' life, and her love of opera, and will examine the affection the mid-sized modern American city of Tulsa - where Ms. Lucas will perform - has historically had for the arts. In the early 1900's, Tulsa had an Opera House before it had running water.