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James Kicklighter Film Director of The Sound of Identity on STARZ #LuciasDoc & The American Question #TAQfilm in 2022 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 Stag

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 Stag

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I look forward to joining the Popular Culture Association for a special screening and Q&A for The Sound Of Identity. Tha...
03/02/2022

I look forward to joining the Popular Culture Association for a special screening and Q&A for The Sound Of Identity. Thank you for honoring us with the 2022 ROLLINS DOCUMENTARY FILM AWARD. #PCAACA2022 #LuciasDoc

As a student at Georgia Southern University, I needed an actor for my first short film, THE CAR WASH. I asked Kelley Las...
02/22/2022

As a student at Georgia Southern University, I needed an actor for my first short film, THE CAR WASH. I asked Kelley Lash, the Director of Student Media, to play a role. She did great. And she cheered me on for years, giving notes on The American Question just a few weeks ago. I’m shocked and saddened by her sudden passing, sending my love to her family.

Very proud of our film, check it out today on STARZ or the on demand platform of your choice.
02/21/2022

Very proud of our film, check it out today on STARZ or the on demand platform of your choice.

We are in the studio today at Icemen Audio doing the final voiceover for The American Question!
02/20/2022

We are in the studio today at Icemen Audio doing the final voiceover for The American Question!

02/08/2022
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On April 25th, Bohemia Media will release The Sound Of Identity in all United Kingdom territories. We're excited for audiences to see #LuciasDoc. Pre-orders are live today.

Our post-production teams are hard at work on The American Question, including composer Nicolas Repetto and our graphics...
02/07/2022

Our post-production teams are hard at work on The American Question, including composer Nicolas Repetto and our graphics team at Filmograph.

In my happy place scoring this beautiful new film by James Kicklighter!

Twenty years ago today, my dad died. I think about how much has changed — and how far I have come too. It is easy for me...
02/07/2022

Twenty years ago today, my dad died.

I think about how much has changed — and how far I have come too.

It is easy for me to forget how young I was when that happened, because everything that occurred then is just a part of my life.

But I am grateful for the wonderful, first 13 years of of my life that I had with him. There are so many lessons that I learned in his life, and his death, that live on today.

While time marches on, the memories linger.

I was reading some tweets from folks that have lost loved ones to COVID19 — it takes me back to when my Dad had one of the first US cases of SARS back in 2002. It started as a simple cold, evolving to pneumonia, then double pneumonia.

I was in Eighth Grade at the time, and had just come back from a Father/Son camping trip with him, where the cold first developed. When we got home at the end of the weekend, he woke my mom in the middle of the night, because he couldn’t breathe.

The local hospital in Claxton, GA did what they could to stabilize him, but two days in, the double pneumonia had set in and he had to be rushed to the bigger hospital in Savannah.

Unbeknownst to me at the time — I was 12 — he died in the ambulance on the way, but they brought him back, just in time to get him to the ICU. This is day 3, with no underlying conditions and pristine health.

I vividly remember walking down the hallway to the ICU with my mom and sister; dad hooked up to all these machines. They had to induce a coma to keep him going. To this day, I remember walking out, imagining that everything would be fine.

That was the last time I saw my father. And to this day, I don’t remember what the last thing I told him was. 3 days later, he died — perfect health to dying in a week. That experience haunted me for much too long in my life.

I regretted what I didn’t say, stupid childish things I had done leading up to it, and that newfound knowledge at far too young an age about the fragility of life.

See, SARS and COVID-19 are cousins, and not many people got to learn about SARS because too many people like my dad died from it.

I’m taking #COVID19 seriously because it takes literally a speck, a second in time to change the trajectory of your entire life. I wouldn’t wish the trauma of that experience on the living to my worst enemy.

You have no idea how your personal life will ripple into others. We are all in this together, fighting an invisible foe that is around us all right now.

If you don’t #StayAtHome for yourself, do it for that 12 year old kid who wishes his dad would have been there for adolescence; for high school graduation; for college; for weddings; for grandkids — to lay him in the ground after a long full life, not one cut short.

The NSLC - National Student Leadership Conference is now hiring! The Photographer/Videographer captures moments of a stu...
01/27/2022
Summer Jobs | National Student Leadership Conference

The NSLC - National Student Leadership Conference is now hiring! The Photographer/Videographer captures moments of a student’s NSLC experience for family, friends, and parents at home.

If you know a upper level college or graduate film student that may be interested, please send them my way.

Toggle navigation OverviewApply OnlineTeam Advisor (TA)Assistant Team Advisor (ATA)Social Media Coordinator (SMC)Office Manager (OM)Site/Office Assistant (OA)The National Student Leadership Conference relies on the contributions of its staff to make each conference experience successful.The NSLC is....

"To cap off the first month of 2022, here's a review list of 9 short films whose directors' names share a first letter i...
01/25/2022
Short Film Reviews: "J" Directors

"To cap off the first month of 2022, here's a review list of 9 short films whose directors' names share a first letter in common with January. Director James Kicklighter impressively goes above and beyond to avoid objectifying his lead actor, Angel of Anywhere is a well-written and well-acted character drama."

To cap off the first month of 2022, here's a review list of 9 short films whose directors' names share a first letter in common with January.

01/18/2022
COVID Home Tests | USPS

I thought this was worth sharing — you can now get free COVID tests shipped to your home, courtesy of United States Postal Service. Stay safe, folks!

COVID Home Tests | USPS

I’m honored that the Utah Film Center will be hosting a special screening of The Sound Of Identity this March! Check it ...
01/14/2022
THE SOUND OF IDENTITY | Utah Film Center Screening Room

I’m honored that the Utah Film Center will be hosting a special screening of The Sound Of Identity this March! Check it out.

Lucia Lucas is on the cusp of international stardom as she makes her historic debut at the Tulsa Opera. Exploring the role that identity plays in our personal and professional lives, this film provides a nuanced look at voice and gender.

Thanks for your hard work in 2021!
01/04/2022

Thanks for your hard work in 2021!

Reflecting on 2021, many thanks to all of BGPR's clients who made it a great year, and wishing everyone a wonderful 2022 as well! Thank you to Icarus Films - "Lost Course" & OVID, Syndicado - Chocolate Road by Tanya Chuturkova, Zeitgeist Films & Kino Lorber- Against The Current Iceland, The Sound Of Identity director James Kicklighter, Tawkin' With The Roses hosts Stephen Scott Miller & Bonnie Rose, "Big Brother" houseguest Britini D'Angelo, "The Bengali" director Kavery Kaul, 9th Circuit Cowboy director Terry Sanders, Busy Inside director Olga Lvoff.

“The Sound of Identity has an emotionally charged string-based score by Nicolas Repetto. The album consists of 16 (39 mi...
12/29/2021
The Sound of Identity: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Soundtrack review

“The Sound of Identity has an emotionally charged string-based score by Nicolas Repetto. The album consists of 16 (39 min, 55 sec) tracks, the majority of which are melancholic and really tug at the heartstrings. It blurs the line between classical music and movie soundtrack.”

MovieScore Media’s latest documentary score follows a historical moment of transgender rights with a composer who must “compete” with Mozart. The winner of the 2020 OUTshine Film Festival, James Kicklighter’s The Sound of Identity follows baritone opera singer Lucia Lucas as she is set to be...

It has been a lovely end to 2021, I hope that 2022 is even better for all of you!
12/27/2021

It has been a lovely end to 2021, I hope that 2022 is even better for all of you!

In the Los Angeles Times: “James Kicklighter, a film director who lives in Los Angeles, was on a family trip across Cali...
12/21/2021
6.2 earthquake strikes off Northern California coast; some damage reported

In the Los Angeles Times: “James Kicklighter, a film director who lives in Los Angeles, was on a family trip across California and had made a stop in Eureka for lunch when the quake struck.”

Officials said there was no threat of a tsunami from the earthquake, which occurred 37 miles from Eureka.

I drove my car through a tree today. Don’t worry — we are okay.
12/20/2021

I drove my car through a tree today. Don’t worry — we are okay.

Happy holidays from the Golden Gate!
12/19/2021

Happy holidays from the Golden Gate!

You can hear my interview on The Marc & Myra Show - Studio54 Radio, tonight on SiriusXM.
12/12/2021

You can hear my interview on The Marc & Myra Show - Studio54 Radio, tonight on SiriusXM.

We have officially wrapped all photography on The American Question. I cannot believe it, shooting from 2016-2021. Thank...
12/10/2021

We have officially wrapped all photography on The American Question. I cannot believe it, shooting from 2016-2021. Thanks to our team, experts and communities featured in the film, and I am so excited for you to see it in 2022. #TAQfilm

The final expert interview for The American Question! Dr. Ange Marie Hancock, Chair of Political Science, University of ...
12/10/2021

The final expert interview for The American Question! Dr. Ange Marie Hancock, Chair of Political Science, University of Southern California. We are excited for you to see the film in 2022.

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.

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...

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