James Kicklighter

James Kicklighter Reader & traveler. Director of The Sound of Identity #LuciasDoc & The American Question #TAQfilm

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Photos from Circle Cinema's post
11/20/2021

Photos from Circle Cinema's post

11/20/2021

We were notified today that The Sound of Identity is an Award Winner at the Diamond Eye Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.

If you’re in Tulsa, you can see The Sound Of Identity all week long, exclusively at Circle Cinema.
11/17/2021

If you’re in Tulsa, you can see The Sound Of Identity all week long, exclusively at Circle Cinema.

The pandemic really robbed us of opportunities to show The Sound Of Identity in person, and especially to big audiences....
11/12/2021

The pandemic really robbed us of opportunities to show The Sound Of Identity in person, and especially to big audiences.

It was such a pleasure to watch the film with a sold out audience in Tulsa, where we filmed, and hear them engage with the parts I hoped people would find funny.

Even in the serious text of the film, I believed if we didn’t find those relatable, human moments, it wouldn’t convey the emotional journey I wanted to take the viewer through.

Thanks to Twisted Arts, Circle Cinema Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture, Kirkpatrick Kinslow Productions, Oklahomans for Equality, George Kaiser Family Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and so many others for a wonderful evening.

THE SOUND OF IDENTITY is #NowStreaming on STARZ and available on demand across all platforms.

Thanks for having me back!
11/12/2021

Thanks for having me back!

Day 1 of Twisted Arts Film Festival was incredible! 🎉

The filmed-in-Tulsa documentary The Sound Of Identity screened, followed by a panel with Producer Russ Kirkpatrick of Kirkpatrick Kinslow Productions, Director James Kicklighter, V Payton, and Eileen of Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice!

The fun continues through Sunday with free in-person screenings at Circle Cinema! Visit https://twistedfest.org/ for the fest line-up 🎟

#FilmTulsa #Tulsa #tulsaoklahoma

Alright Tulsa, I’m ready for you! I’ll be at Circle Cinema for The Sound Of Identity at 7PM.
11/11/2021

Alright Tulsa, I’m ready for you! I’ll be at Circle Cinema for The Sound Of Identity at 7PM.

Alright Tulsa, I’m ready for you! I’ll be at Circle Cinema for The Sound Of Identity at 7PM.

Thank you!
11/11/2021

Thank you!

Congrats to everyone involved with The Sound of Identity. The feature doc. wins “Best Gender Equality Issues And Rights” at the yearly Kiez Berlin Film Festival.

11/11/2021

Good morning! I’m on my way to Tulsa for our The Sound Of Identity premiere event at 7PM with Twisted Arts, Circle Cinema, Kirkpatrick Kinslow Productions, Oklahomans for Equality, and Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice. Tickets and Reception are free, you just have to reserve it now: https://twistedfest.org/sound_of_identity/

Photos from James Kicklighter's post
11/09/2021

Photos from James Kicklighter's post

Thank you!
11/08/2021

Thank you!

I was fortunate to see Aaron in May, previewing our efforts in Boston for The American Question. He had been very suppor...
11/05/2021
Aaron Feuerstein, famously generous mill owner, dies at 95

I was fortunate to see Aaron in May, previewing our efforts in Boston for The American Question.

He had been very supportive of the project since we began shooting in 2016. As we finish the film over the next few months, I hope you would be proud of our work.

Sending my love to the family.

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Aaron Feuerstein, who owned a textile mill in Massachusetts and famously continued to pay his workers even after a devastating fire, has died. He was 95. Feuerstein, the former owner of Malden Mills in Lawrence, died Thursday night of complications from a fall days before a...

I’m thrilled that Queersicht Filmfestival is bringing The Sound Of Identity to Switzerland this weekend! Get your ticket...
11/05/2021
The Sound of Identity (Queersicht 2021) | 06.11.2021

I’m thrilled that Queersicht Filmfestival is bringing The Sound Of Identity to Switzerland this weekend! Get your tickets here.

Lucia Lucas ist die erste trans Frau, die in den USA eine Opernhauptrolle in einem professionellen Ensemble spielt. In der Rolle des Don Giovanni durchbricht sie archaische soziale Schranken und macht damit den Weg für andere trans Operndarsteller*innen frei - ein wunderschön gefilmtes Portrait ei...

Aloha!
11/05/2021

Aloha!

Aloha!

I can’t believe the holidays are upon us. My annual reminder that the perfect gift is out there — The Kicklighter by Jam...
11/04/2021
THE KICKLIGHTER — JAMAH

I can’t believe the holidays are upon us. My annual reminder that the perfect gift is out there — The Kicklighter by Jamah!

This gender-neutral mail bag boasts a sleek face and ample carrying capacity, in honor of its namesake James’s commitment to shouldering his friends’ burdens, no matter the size. Suspended by a single, adjustable strap, The Kicklighter hangs comfortably at any length. A zipper closure and back p...

“The movie’s plot received critical acclaim from fans and critics alike for its proper detailing of the singer’s extraor...
10/30/2021
A Rundown On Four Iconic LGTQ+ Films That Premiered This Year

“The movie’s plot received critical acclaim from fans and critics alike for its proper detailing of the singer’s extraordinary journey.”

These movies shed light on the ordeals of people in the LGBTQ+ community; what affects them, and how the society perceives them.

10/28/2021

Opening Night is in two weeks! Join us for a screening of The Sound Of Identity, followed by a panel discussion featuring Director James Kicklighter, Russ Kirkpatrick, Dr. Laura Arrowsmith and Eileen Schaumleffle. More information available at: https://twistedfest.org/sound_of_identity/

Thank you to our sponsor OKEQ Equality Center!

We're excited to bring The Sound Of Identity to Turkey!
10/26/2021

We're excited to bring The Sound Of Identity to Turkey!

Our 4th feature length film continues its race around the world! The Sound Of Identity is an official selection at the Golden Wheat Awards - part of the International Cinema Community - based in Istanbul, Turkey. The Sound of Identity is available now on STARZ and streaming platforms in the USA & Canada. Russ Kirkpatrick Lucia Lucas James Kicklighter Andy Kinslow

I’m thrilled to return to Tulsa to share The Sound Of Identity with you.
10/19/2021

I’m thrilled to return to Tulsa to share The Sound Of Identity with you.

We are honored to open Twisted Arts Film Festival with the Tulsa-filmed documentary The Sound Of Identity, which follows Lucia Lucas, the first transgender woman to headline a major opera production, in the Tulsa Opera production of "Don Giovanni".

Following the screening, Director James Kicklighter, Producer Russ Kirkpatrick, Eileen Schaumleffle (Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice) and Dr. Laura Arrowsmith will participate in a panel discussion.

Thursday, November 11, 2021, 7pm
Sponsor: OKEQ Equality Center & Lynn Riggs Theater
All ticket holders are invited to the Opening Night reception in the Circle Cinema lobby after the screening and panel.

All Twisted Arts Film Festival screenings are free! Tickets will be distributed on first-come, first-seated. Or you can reserve a seat at: https://twistedfest.org/sound_of_identity/.

In accordance with COVID guidelines, theaters will be at 50% capacity and masks are required.

As we complete The American Question,  it was a pleasure to do a new expert interview with Dr. Tania Israel, author of t...
10/07/2021

As we complete The American Question, it was a pleasure to do a new expert interview with Dr. Tania Israel, author of the new book Beyond Your Bubble: Promoting Dialogue Across Political Lines. Check it out, and we can’t wait for you to hear what she says in 2022.

The livestream of Bobby Zarem’s funeral will begin at 2PM EST for those who wish to join us remotely.
10/01/2021
Funeral Service for Bobby Zarem at Bonaventure Cemetery

The livestream of Bobby Zarem’s funeral will begin at 2PM EST for those who wish to join us remotely.

Bobby Zarem September 30, 1936- September 26, 2021 Robert Myron Zarem, lovingly known as Bobby or “BZ,” has died. He was a world-renowned publicist…

09/18/2021

Congratulations to Lucia Lucas, Tobias Picker, Director James Kicklighter & everyone associated with our latest film The Sound Of Identity for acceptance into yet another European Film Festival.

The mission of the HEI - Heart Of Europe International Monthly Film Festival in Kosice, Slovakia, is to push the boundaries & bring a unique artistic and cinematic experience from around the world and send it to the heart of Europe.

HEI joins The Sound of Identity's entry into Europe, including the November distribution of the film in the UK and territories, and additional film festivals in Switzerland and Greece.

Currently The Sound of Identity is in distribution in the USA & Canada on STARZ and myriad streaming platforms.

09/06/2021

I’ve seen many things in my life — but never freshly pollinated pastries! When I walked in, I thought it was a swam of flies — gross — and then realized they were bees. The pastry was also incredible.

A nice piece on my collaborator, Nicolas Repetto. Check it out!
08/31/2021
Frost alumnus sees STARZ! | Frost News | University of Miami

A nice piece on my collaborator, Nicolas Repetto. Check it out!

Nicolas’ latest original score is for the feature documentary The Sound of Identity, now available to watch on STARZ. The documentary chronicles the life of the first transgender opera singer, Lucia Lucas, and has been featured in the New York Times as well as being named the winner of the Program...

We’re so excited to bring The Sound Of Identity to Greece in January!
08/31/2021

We’re so excited to bring The Sound Of Identity to Greece in January!

The Sound of Identity continues its march across Europe. It is an Official Selection in Greece, at the Peloponnisos International Documentary Film Festival in January, 2022 screening in Kalamata.

The feature doc. will also screen at the legacy Swiss LGBTQ QUEERSICHT Festival, in Bern, Switzerland in November.

And, expect more details soon on the film’s release on myriad platforms in the United Kingdom, and territories, later this year.

The critically acclaimed “The Sound of Identity” from Director James Kicklighter, Produced by Kirkpatrick Kinslow Productions, is currently available on STARZ, and streaming sites in the USA & Canada. The film is distributed domestically by Shout! Factory.

I hope you’ll find time to watch my friend Elizabeth Palmore’s new film, THE EVENING HOUR. Take a look!
08/30/2021
The Evening Hour - Official US Trailer

I hope you’ll find time to watch my friend Elizabeth Palmore’s new film, THE EVENING HOUR. Take a look!

In Theaters July 30th, 2021The autumnal mountains of southern Appalachia hold a haunting power within which Cole Freeman (Philip Ettinger FIRST REFORMED), ma...

Today, we laid Ona Coleman to rest. When I think of my childhood, I think of our monthly family gatherings, endless laug...
08/28/2021

Today, we laid Ona Coleman to rest. When I think of my childhood, I think of our monthly family gatherings, endless laughter, and the southern spun storytellers who taught me how to tell a story.

Seeing Ona join the others in the family plot today, while being surrounded by so many of their children and cousins — the circle continues. The stories they told us become ours to tell. You grow up and try to rise to the occasion as best you can.

Though I don’t get to come home often with my schedule, I don’t know if it was the humidity or the sweat through the tears, but a little trickle came down my cheek.

Bellville may not change a lot, but it sure feels different when the people who loved you aren’t out waving on the porch anymore.

Now, we pass along her love to others. Rest In Peace, Ona — and thank you for being such an important part of my development.

We’re thrilled to bring The Sound Of Identity to Europe this fall, in addition to limited engagements across the United ...
08/23/2021

We’re thrilled to bring The Sound Of Identity to Europe this fall, in addition to limited engagements across the United States.

A lovely surprise — Lucia Lucas and her wife Ariana from The Sound Of Identity came to visit the house today — all the w...
08/20/2021

A lovely surprise — Lucia Lucas and her wife Ariana from The Sound Of Identity came to visit the house today — all the way from Germany! You can watch the film on STARZ and other VOD platforms.

A lovely surprise — Lucia Lucas and her wife Ariana from The Sound Of Identity came to visit the house today — all the way from Germany! You can watch the film on STARZ and other VOD platforms.

I was honored to sit down and chat with ProductionHUB.com about The Sound Of Identity and my next film, The American Que...
08/13/2021
Award-Winning Filmmaker James Kicklighter Directs Documentary “The Sound of Identity"

I was honored to sit down and chat with ProductionHUB.com about The Sound Of Identity and my next film, The American Question. Check it out!

Award-Winning Filmmaker James Kicklighter Directs Documentary “The Sound of Identity" Share via: facebook twitter linkedin email Published on Friday, August 13, 2021 at 10:00 AM in Exclusive Interviews Director James Kicklighter spent the first 18 years of his life in Bellville, Georgia, populatio...

A great new piece from Nick! Check it out.
07/24/2021
"A Conversation with Nicolas Repetto" (Jam Addict) — Nicolas Repetto

A great new piece from Nick! Check it out.

Today we are speaking with LA-based television and film composer, Nicolas Repetto, who recently produced the scoring for director James Kicklighter’s documentary feature film, The Sound of Identity , which chronicles the life of transgender opera singer, Lucia Lucas.

07/15/2021

Have you seen The Sound Of Identity? You can see it now on STARZ!
Featuring Lucia Lucas, the feature length film is the newest project from Film Producers Russ Kirkpatrick & Andy Kinslow and Director James Kicklighter
See it on the STARZ network here: https://starz.tv/3yZexAV

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