In his lifetime, Mickey Reece has worked on dozens of films.
But if you ask him, hell say that he only counts about five of them as true movies, and that includes his latest, Me and Ichikawa.
Inspired by his young son, Julien Cash Reece, he wanted to tell a story that his son could relate to and make a film that hed take his friends to see.
Reece also cast the youth as protagonist Elliot, whose fantasy world is constrained by his mom and her boyfriend. Both adults fall on hard times and send the boy to live with his dad.
His mom has been trying to suppress his imagination so he [will] pay better attention in school, Reece said. And she even takes him to a child psychologist, but instead, his dad fosters his imagination, and from there, the film grows.
While Reece gets a written by credit for this film, Julien gets a cowriter credit, along with actors Mason Giles, Jacob Snovel and Lisa Renee Woods.
Reece isnt known for kid-friendly films and admitted that creating a PG-13 film was a challenge. But he declared that this isnt a bid for mainstream acceptance. He still filled the work with the seven-minute takes and challenging characters hes known for.
All of our past movies have been raunchy, for the most part. I wanted to make one that everyone could come see, he said. Its a very clean, very fun movie for the whole family [and] something Im extremely proud of.
Even with its tween rating, Reece said children over 10 will be able to identify with the heartwarming tale.
The movie was made with production and distribution help from Oklahoma collective Fall Films Entertainment, which also handled many of Reeces prior films, including his 2014 works T-Rex and Judges Creed and his 2013 film Queerbait.
He makes about three movies a year but said he isnt afraid of overexposure. He was equally prolific when he was writing and performing music, including his stint as one-man band El Paso Hot Button. He compared filmmaking to being in a local band that only plays three times a year with a new set list each time. It keeps him and his colleagues working, inspired and, especially in the case of this new film, always experimenting with unexpected genres.
In fact, hes already developing his next movie and said hes ready to experiment more with cheap plot devices. He said it might be a heist or surfer film. Or it might not be.
I want to try everything, Reece said. And thats what Me and Ichikawa is about. For instance, if I said Hey, Im gonna make a movie kids could watch, theyll be like, Theres no fucking way. But I did it. Ill try anything.
Me and Ichikawa premieres 8 p.m. Saturday at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd. A $5 entry fee includes the screening and free Titswiggle Hand Crafted Beers.
Me and Ichikawa
8 p.m. Saturday
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
3000 General Pershing Blvd.
Note: Film is rated PG-13.
Print headline: Childs play, Filmmaker Mickey Reece is back with his most shocking movie yet: a kid flick.