In the midst of a publishing revolution, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one of America's most storied institutions of journalism, is experimenting with new tools to tell stories in preparation for the end of print in the digital era.
"Kicklighter's direction has a kinetic pace to match its subject matter, but always keeps everything on a very human level...[Digital Edition] covers an important topic that I don't feel has been given much thought in media."
- Crushed Celluloid (crushedcelluloid.com/reviews/shorts-digital-edition-2016)
"Filled with a surprising amount of content for a 28-minute film along with nicely done graphics that balance out the interviews, Digital Edition is an entertaining and informative short doc that will likely resonate most with those who consider themselves to be information geeks and journalistic connoisseurs." - The Independent Critic (theindependentcritic.com/digital_edition)
"I've seen projects from Mr. Kicklighter before, and expected nothing less than a well rounded, polished experience. What I didn't expect was a topic featuring a much broader scope than the title suggests...a fine short film covering a lot of different aspects from the industry. 'Digital Edition' would look right at home on your favorite television channel." - IndyRed (indyred.com/digital-edition-review.html)
"They gave me five days to come into the newspaper and figure out how it worked. I came in every day and took several notepads worth of notes, observing pitch meetings, figuring out processes of reporters as they constructed stories, etc. Then, I conducted dozens of pre-interviews to get a sense of the mood of the newsroom, determining which stories to follow during our shooting week, and which reporters could best communicate that digital future in the film. Over the course of five very long shooting days, I brought in a small crew that was split into two teams and we followed stories as they unfolded. We shot on the Sony FS700, doing multicam interviews in a studio and single camera during field shoots."- Directors Notes (directorsnotes.com/2017/04/10/james-kicklighter-digital-edition/)