James Kicklighter

James Kicklighter Reader & traveler, director of 2018 films The American Question & Angel of Anywhere — fast talker and eater — but trying to improve.

Reader & traveler, fast talker & eater. Film director of Angel of Anywhere (2018), upcoming Lucia’s Voice and The American Question (2020).

I look forward to the Jarcaranda bloom in LA every year, always stunning.
05/19/2020

I look forward to the Jarcaranda bloom in LA every year, always stunning.

05/19/2020
WORST FIRST DATE, He told me he's a WIZARD

I did a fun interview — not serious for a change — with AfterBuzz TV's Horribly Hollywood Single about misadventures in quarantine and bad dating stories. Watch it now.

Acclaimed Film Director James Kicklighter sits down with Horribly Hollywood Single and discusses his worst dates. He"s from Georgia too.

I miss #monkey-ing around. #TBT
05/07/2020

I miss #monkey-ing around. #TBT

I had the best time speaking with Blue Valley School District students in Mrs. Morse's class about being a professional ...
04/28/2020

I had the best time speaking with Blue Valley School District students in Mrs. Morse's class about being a professional filmmaker!

They have a great bunch of future directors, writers, actors and editors, and I can't wait to see what they do.

I can’t make movies right now, but I’m thinking about all the ones I want to make when this is done. #TBT
04/24/2020

I can’t make movies right now, but I’m thinking about all the ones I want to make when this is done. #TBT

A year ago, I began directing The Sound Of Identity for Kirkpatrick Kinslow Productions, following Lucia Lucas’ historic...
04/09/2020

A year ago, I began directing The Sound Of Identity for Kirkpatrick Kinslow Productions, following Lucia Lucas’ historic debut as #dongiovanni at Tulsa Opera.

A year later, the #documentary is finished and, in spite of everything going on in the world, I’m looking forward to sharing it with you in 2020. #TBT

“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo."So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such t...
04/02/2020

“I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.

"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” - #tolkien #tbt

03/24/2020
Every Nine Hours

#NowStreaming: We have launched Every 9 Hours on YouTube, watch now for free while you quarantine.

From acclaimed novelist Jim St. Germain ("A Stone of Hope"), a modern-day exploration of skin color and gender and how they affect one's ability to participa...

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 t...
03/22/2020

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.

It is amazing how trite and trivial #filmmaking becomes in the age of #covid19. At risk people are dying, healthy people...
03/20/2020
COVID-19: Making No Movies In The Unforgettable Age

It is amazing how trite and trivial #filmmaking becomes in the age of #covid19. At risk people are dying, healthy people are carrying the illness to them, and no one knows how this is going to end. Some thoughts on my blog:

With COVID-19, it is amazing how trite and trivial filmmaking can be in this time of crisis. And yet, so many have so much to lose.

All work and no play...
03/17/2020

All work and no play...

For all of us who work in #filmmaking, we're essentially permanent freelancers. With the outbreak of #coronavirus, many ...
03/13/2020

For all of us who work in #filmmaking, we're essentially permanent freelancers. With the outbreak of #coronavirus, many of us will also be out of work, as work will be suspended.

What are you doing to prepare for this new reality?

Just popping in to say that we are still adventuring!
03/08/2020

Just popping in to say that we are still adventuring!

For my money, I’d Endeavour that Mom and I are having a cool day in LA.
03/05/2020

For my money, I’d Endeavour that Mom and I are having a cool day in LA.

02/28/2020
Tulsa Opera

Tomorrow! We had so much fun making this ad.

Madama Butterfly opens tomorrow! Come see us at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center this Friday, February 28th at 7:30PM and Sunday, March 1st at 2:30PM.
Video by James Kicklighter#TOMadamaButterfly

02/25/2020
Madama Butterfly: Tulsa Opera

I had so much fun directing this advertisement for Tulsa Opera's 2019/2020 Season. The show debuts this Friday!

‪It was a cool experience speaking to Metter High School students today with Jim St. Germain on #WhitePrivilege in prepa...
02/24/2020

‪It was a cool experience speaking to Metter High School students today with Jim St. Germain on #WhitePrivilege in preparation for a book they’re reading. They screeened our film EVERY 9 HOURS as an introduction to the subject.‬

After three years of filming, we have completed principal photography on The American Question. I look forward to sharin...
02/21/2020

After three years of filming, we have completed principal photography on The American Question. I look forward to sharing the film with you this year.

02/18/2020

The students have identified that I am “The Boss,” filming on The American Question in Pennsylvania.

Big news indeed, Lucia Lucas from The Sound Of Identity will debut at the The Metropolitan Opera.
02/14/2020
The Sound Of Identity

Big news indeed, Lucia Lucas from The Sound Of Identity will debut at the The Metropolitan Opera.

Big news! It's just been announced that Lucia Lucas, the subject of the forthcoming documentary, The Sound Of Identity, will debut at The Metropolitan Opera in New York. From thesoundofidentity.com via Operawire.

We went inside a factory today for The American Question, showcasing manufacturing work in Erie.
02/13/2020

We went inside a factory today for The American Question, showcasing manufacturing work in Erie.

For our final phase of The American Question, we visited an abandoned factory in Detroit, while also seeing all of the r...
02/12/2020

For our final phase of The American Question, we visited an abandoned factory in Detroit, while also seeing all of the revitalization in the city.

Most people gaze neither into the past nor the future; they explore neither truth nor lies. They gaze at the #television...
02/11/2020

Most people gaze neither into the past nor the future; they explore neither truth nor lies. They gaze at the #television. - #Radiohead

A moving moment on The American Question tonight — in 2016, this #refugee from Iraq did an interview with us  in total o...
02/11/2020

A moving moment on The American Question tonight — in 2016, this #refugee from Iraq did an interview with us in total obscured darkness, fearing for his family’s safety. Three years later, he has a job, green card, speaks fluent English, has a home — and can be seen.

02/10/2020

We’re at Get Customized with Avalon Skies Jacket Artist learning about embroidery and local manufacturing for The American Question.

02/09/2020
Snowlding up the van

We’ve landed in Detroit and we’re ready to complete phase three of The American Question!

Our film EVERY NINE HOURS will air on BronxNet Community Television for Black History Month on Wednesday, February 19, 2...
02/08/2020

Our film EVERY NINE HOURS will air on BronxNet Community Television for Black History Month on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

The block will begin at the following times on that day: 9am, 5pm, and 10pm (all times Eastern, USA).

In the blistering cold of December 2016, we set out on a journey to understand how #AmericanValues were constructed in 5...
02/06/2020

In the blistering cold of December 2016, we set out on a journey to understand how #AmericanValues were constructed in 50/50 split political counties in Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Using these places as a microcosm of the American whole, we will complete this journey, beginning next week, to see how our subjects have evolved since 2016.

Going far beyond #politics, with the help of an all star team of experts across the ideological spectrum, I can’t wait to share The American Question with you in 2020. #TBT

There is a hiring scam in my name occurring across the country. Don't fall victim to it, details here:
02/03/2020
Hiring Scam | Director James Kicklighter

There is a hiring scam in my name occurring across the country. Don't fall victim to it, details here:

It has come to my attention this morning that the email address [email protected] is sending messages from "James Kicklighter," stating that I am hirin

#ScamAlert: I woke up to numerous messages today, stating there is an email circulating with my name on it — asking for ...
02/01/2020

#ScamAlert: I woke up to numerous messages today, stating there is an email circulating with my name on it — asking for an individuals personal details to hire a production assistant.

I would never request this sort of information without an interview.

This email is FAKE and likely a dangerous phishing scam.

Please spread the word if you hear about it in the film community.

Brad carrying Jamah’s The Kicklighter — which I was deeply honored to have named after me by my friend, designer Nancy G...
01/20/2020

Brad carrying Jamah’s The Kicklighter — which I was deeply honored to have named after me by my friend, designer Nancy Gale.

Another win for Brad Pitt... our favorite JAMAH guy! | #BeWhoYouAre #AmericanLuxury #MadeinUSA

It’s June 2008. The stock market hasn’t crashed, Barack Obama is deadlocked with Hillary Clinton for the Presidential no...
01/16/2020

It’s June 2008.

The stock market hasn’t crashed, Barack Obama is deadlocked with Hillary Clinton for the Presidential nomination and I am about to be a Junior in college Georgia Southern University, still unsure if I will be able to live out my dreams in film on my first big international excursion.

Where does time go? It moves in like a wave and pulls out with the currents. But yet — I can still feel the pebbles under my toes, the water pushing over them, and the vast endless horizon. #TBT

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