Private Project


A well-to-do Mexican family gets a surprise visit by I.C.E., which has been renamed "Immigration and Customs Encouragement".

  • Enrique "Rico" Diaz
    DeKalb Elementary, Jeremy, Perfect People
  • Simon Morton
    The Only Flight
  • Sakura "Suki" Ramirez
  • Cori Diaz
    Harmony, Perfect People, The Only Flight
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 23, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival

  • Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema

    Best Screenplay
Director Biography - Enrique "Rico" Diaz

Mexican-American Enrique Rico Diaz served as a Captain from the United States Marine Corps and earned a combat action ribbon while serving with a special operations unit. As a result of his service, Rico was disabled for a few years. He persevered through painful surgeries and innovative therapies to complete his film education at the University of California, Los Angeles.

As director and/or producer his films have been accepted into many top festivals including Cannes, South by Southwest, LA Shorts Fest, and Palm Springs International ShortFest. The films he has directed have also won several awards including Best Short. As a producer, his short "DeKalb Elementary" was nominated for the 2018 Oscar for Best Live Action Short.

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Director Statement

What if immigrants were a sought-after "commodity"? Imagine a future where most foreigners have left the US and are now chasing the American dream elsewhere: with the previous administration and the fate of refugees, immigrants, dreamers and minorities on the line, that scenario is no longer unthinkable.

We created ICE as a dark comedy that shows what happens when the tables are turned. As our team of filmmakers consist of both immigrants and non-immigrants*, we felt like we had no other choice but to hold up a mirror and hopefully make the audience laugh - and then perhaps reconsider that laugh.

*Our team includes Mexican-American director Rico Diaz, Japanese-Filipino-American producer Suki Ramirez, African-American co-producer Cori Diaz, Swiss writer/actor Simon Morton, and many more in front of and behind the camera.