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Oklahoma filmmaker Mickey Reece to screen mockumentary 'Country Singer'

Former El Paso Hot Button musician turns to filmmaking in movie "Country Singer,” which will be screened at 9 p.m. Saturday at The Opolis in Norman.

BY NATHAN POPPE Modified: June 18, 2010 at 8:45 am •  Published: June 18, 2010
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"We're like the complete opposite. If it's going to be (bad), who cares? Let's just make the whole movie. We rarely start a project and not finish it.”

Reece has been making movies since the 10th grade, and he spent an entire school year making one of his first films, a gangster epic called "Organized Crime.” He said he got hooked on movies after sitting front row for Tim Burton's "Batman.”

"Country Singer” co-writer and star Joey Paz grew up with Reece in Newcastle and remembered Reece's passion for film.

"He was pretty much the only one (making movies),” Paz said. "Everyone wanted to be part of it. He was the cool kid.”

And Paz's Kenny Wayne is far from cool. He puts his band on hiatus before its first show and bad-mouths his grandmother, who is played by Reece's actual grandma, Jean Keef.

But she doesn't mind the verbal abuse.

"I like all of the characters (Reece) has working with him,” Keef said. "I have known (most of) them for years. It's just a lot of fun being around a bunch of boys.”

Keef said she acts in her grandson's films because he's got a vivid imagination and plenty of ideas for films.

Reece doesn't show any signs of stopping.

"We just started making movies, and that was really fun,” Reece said. "(My actors say) 'Let's make a drama, or let's make a Western.' We can't possibly ever run out of ideas.”

'Country Singer'

→Featuring: Performances by Ali Harter, Kenny Wayne and Roy Mason.

→When: 9 p.m. Saturday.

→Where: The Opolis, 113 N Crawford, Norman.

→Admission: $3.



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