Saturday, August 25, 2018

HollyShorts - Angel of Anywhere - James Kicklighter Interview


Photo Credit: Casey Nelson Photography

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 filmmaker. His work has been recognized by the world’s press, including The Hollywood Reporter, The Times of India, Film Courage and FilmInk Australia. Kicklighter will release two films in 2018, Angel of Anywhere and The American Question.
Current Work

Angel of Anywhere is the story of an empathetic stripper who plays therapist to his many damaged clientele and co-workers. Angel of Anywhere stars Briana Evigan (“Step Up Movie 2: The Streets”), Ser’Darius Blain (“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”), and introduces Axel Roldos as Angel.

The American Question, his new documentary, examines personal values systems to understand the partisan divide in America. It cuts below politics to find the common ground that can be the foundation for coming together. The film is being produced with a wide range of thought leaders across the cultural spectrum. The American Question recently began editorial with Carlos Puga, the Emmy-award winning producer of MTV’s “True Life.” Carlos is also a SXSW Jury Award Winner and Sundance Award Nominee.

Additionally, he recently directed the debut advertisement for We The Future. It was established by 2008 Obama for America Field Organizer and former Lyft executive John McBride. WTF arms supporters with new tools that leverage social networks and digital communication channels to mobilize their friends and communities in elections.

        


Director James Kicklighter on the set of JamesWorks Entertainment's ANGEL OF ANYWHERE
with actors Briana Evigan and Ser'Darius Blain.
Photo Credit: Casey Nelson - © JamesWorks Entertainment

"I am so not this girl, I never do this." Don't be turned off by the headline, this is a very impressive dramatic short film. Angel of Anywhere is an award-winning short directed by James Kicklighter that has been playing at festivals this year. The story is about an empathetic stripper who chats with his clients and helps them work through their problems. It goes to some very deep, personal places, with a very intelligent script. Angel of Anywhere stars Briana Evigan as Michelle, Ser'Darius Blain as Brian, David A. Gregory as D.C., plus Nihan Gur, Adam Carr, Krystal Conway, and Axel Roldos. It's always great to see a story that challenges us to rethink our initial judgments, and listen more to each other. Definitely worth a watch.


"Don’t be turned off by the headline, this is a very impressive dramatic short film. Angel of Anywhere is an award-winning short directed by James Kicklighter that has been playing at festivals this year. The story is about an empathetic stripper who chats with his clients and helps them work through their problems. It goes to some very deep, personal places, with a very intelligent script."

"Repeatedly recognized by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the Top 25 Festivals in the World and by TIME Magazine as one of the Top 10 Festivals for the Rest of Us, Sidewalk annually brings over 200 films to Birmingham, Alabama. JamesWorks Entertainment’s Angel of Anywhere screens on Sunday, August 26th at 12:30 PM."

AWARDS AND FILM FESTIVALS
2017 Accolade Award of Excellence
2018 Jaipur International Film Festival
2018 Irvine International Film Festival
2018 Four Seasons Film Festival, London
2018 Utah Film Festival & Awards
2018 Vero Beach Wine & Film Festival
2018 Hollyshorts Film Festival
2018 Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema
2018 Macon Film Festival (Winner, Best Narrative Short)
2018 Sidewalk Film Festival
2018 Catalina Film Festival and New Media Summit
2018 Shorts International, DirectTV


Coming to audiences in 2018, Angel of Anywhere is the story of an empathetic stripper who plays therapist to the many damaged clientele and co-workers who frequent the popular Anywhere Bar.

JamesWorks Entertainment’s Angel of Anywhere stars Briana Evigan (“Step Up Movie 2: The Streets,” “Sorority Row”) as Michelle, Ser’Darius Blain (“When The Game Stands Tall,” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”) as Brian, David A. Gregory (“One Life to Live,” “The Good Fight”) as D.C., Nihan Gur (“Westworld,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”) as Alexx in Wonderland, Adam Carr (“The Call Room”) as Drunk Patron, Krystal Conway as Bartender, and introducing Axel Roldos as Angel.

Angel of Anywhere is directed by James Kicklighter (“Desires of the Heart”), written by Casey Nelson & Kate Murdoch (“The Last Treasure Hunt Movie”) and produced by Beau Turpin (“Beneath The Leaves”)



James Kicklighter on the Red Carpet with JBN Journalist, Rachel Litfin.

James Kicklighter on the Red Carpet at HollyShorts.

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH JAMES KICKLIGHTER
JOURNALIST: RACHEL LITFIN

LOCATION: HOLLYSHORTS, THE CHINESE THEATER, HOLLYWOOD, CA ― AUGUST 9TH - 18TH

INTERVIEW: AUGUST 12, 2018

Video/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros). Audio: Edward Chung.

ABOUT HOLLYSHORTS
HollyShorts Film Festival is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, TV, and Digital Microbudget.

HollyShorts takes place August 9-18, 2018 at the TCL Chinese Theater, Harmony Gold Theater and other locations in Hollywood. Nearly 400 short films will compete for the festival’s top prizes. Last year HollyShorts finalists included 3 out of the 5 Live Action Oscar nominees and the winning short Silent Child from Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton. This year, HollyShorts received an all-time record 5,000 submissions from over 80 countries. The competition will feature Live Action, Animation and Documentary Shorts as well as web series, student shorts, music videos, TV pilots, and VR. The festival also features a screenplay competition where the winning short gets greenlit, shot and shown at next year’s festival courtesy of Seattle Film Summit.
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