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JAMES KICKLIGHTER

FILM DIRECTOR & EDITOR | JAMESKICKLIGHTER.COM | DEMO REELS
info@jameskicklighter.com | 818-588-6510

OBJECTIVE SELECTED DIRECTORIAL & EDITORIAL EXPERIENCES

Seeking opportunities to direct CASHLESS CHINA • AD • CAESAR’S ENTERTAINMENT • 2018
and/or edit narrative films, Digital ad for China targeting WeChat Pay and AliPay users at its Las Vegas
documentaries, digital content, properties, the first hospitality group in North America to accept these payment
platforms.
advertising and music videos.
WORK/LIFE BALANCE • AD • AMI NETWORK • 2018
Three digital ads targeting prospective healthcare clients and human resource
managers as part of AMI Network’s 2018 rebranding.
SKILLS
ANGEL OF ANYWHERE • FILM • 2017
Distributed by Hewes Pictures, broadcast television on Shorts International and
• Producing solo under $100K streaming on Amazon Prime, an empathetic stripper plays therapist to the many
• Concept ideation & development damaged clientele (Briana Evigan, Step Up, Ser’Darius Blain, Jumanji: Welcome to the
• Screenwriting short & long form Jungle, “Charmed”) and co-workers who frequent the Anywhere Bar.
• Interfacing with agencies/execs
• Directing veteran and new talent MILLENNIALS • AD • WE THE FUTURE • 2017
Digital ad for WTF, created by Lyft’s John McBride, rallying millennials to political
• Conducting on-camera interviews
action in election cycles.
• Post production supervision
• Marketing & release strategy
VIRGINIA • POLITICAL ADVERTISING • HILLARY FOR AMERICA • 2016
Responsible for all content targeted towards HFA’s electoral college & popular vote
winner Virginia, featuring private citizens, public figures, and politicians, including
SOFTWARE Sen. Tim Kaine, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, Lena Dunham, Miley
Cyrus, Bellamy Young, Kate Walsh, Constance Wu, and Sean Astin.

• Adobe Premiere DIGITAL EDITION • DOC • ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION • 2016
• Adobe Media Encoder Streaming on Amazon Prime, an award-winning documentary that goes inside The
Atlanta Journal-Constitution to showcase how the legacy institution is using digital
• Adobe Audition to tell stories at the end of printed news, previewing the future of journalism.
• Adobe After Effects
• Magic Bullet Suite DESIRES OF THE HEART • FILM • DOTH ENTERTAINMENT • 2015
• Apple Compressor Released theatrically in India, Dr. Kris Sharma (Val Lauren, The Last Knights,
Interior. Leather. Bar.) is a psychiatrist from India practicing in Savannah, GA
• Final Cut Pro 7 when he meets Madeline (Alicia Minshew, “All My Children”), a local artist with
• Final Cut Pro X a mysterious past. But as their relationship begins to blossom in America, Kris is
• Final Draft summoned home to marry the woman chosen by his parents and brother (Gulshan
Grover, I Am Kalam).

SHEL BEE: BRANCHES • MUSIC VIDEO • 2015
A young girl answers the siren song of a boy, she loses and finds herself in the
forest, winner of Best Music Video, Garden State Film Festival.
SELECTED PRESS

VoyageLA
Meet James Kicklighter, Film Director in Culver City

The Chicago Tribune
Do you share the same values as your neighbor? That’s ‘The American Question’

The Independent Critic
Angel of Anywhere, the latest Kicklighter film, is a winner

Crushed Celluloid
Kicklighter’s direction of Digital Edition has a kinetic pace to match its subject matter

No Film School
How Can You Tell if You Have What it Takes to be a Filmmaker

Film Threat
Desires of the Heart is a strong film, moments of mastery to be found throughout

South Magazine
Writer/Director James Kicklighter is calling the shots

REFERENCES

“James and his team were a pleasure to work with. I was very impressed by the dedication of
their high quality of work, professionalism and drive to achieve perfection. James cares about
his client and put his thoughts to work - which I really appreciate. I’d recommend him to any
of my colleagues and work partners if they’re looking for a professional production team.”
Claire Yang, Director of International Marketing, Caesar’s Entertainment

“James is an excellent filmmaker. He is creative, hard-working, and a joy to work with. He
is a great storyteller and editor and is comfortable interviewing everyone, from high-level
politicians, to TV actors, celebrities, and the like. As someone with less experience in film,
I really appreciated how little direction and management he needed from me. He provided
insights that I would not have known to ask for. I would be very quick to hire James again.”
Samuel Jacobson, Deputy Digital Director, Hillary for America

“James is an excellent story-teller. We’ve worked with him for many years to help craft our
video content. He is very easy to work with and always makes sure our needs are met. He’s also
successful at training and preparing our staff to get the best photos and video footage possible
so that he can make the best videos for our brand.”
David Lowitz, Director of Marketing, National Student Leadership Conference

EDUCATION AND CIVIC SERVICE

B.S., PUBLIC RELATIONS • 2010 • GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
Public Relations Student of the Year
John F. Nolan, Jr. Hall of Leaders Award for Excellence in Service & Leadership

VICE-CHAIR • GEORGIA SOUTHERN COMMUNICATION ARTS ADVISORY BOARD
MENTOR • AMBITION • HIGH SCHOOL ENTREPRENEURSHIP, LAWNDALE, CA