Pasted together from years of casual filming, New Cops is a self-proclaimed “labor of laziness”, an intentionally awkward, often hilarious portrait of a foggy man lost in a perpetual half-dream state. In his dreams, he’s the President; in real life, he’s powerless and struggling.
The shake-up begins with the arrival of an inconsiderate house guest. Tim offers Jimmy a place to stay after his brother dies, but he quickly becomes a nuisance. He drags Tim into various schemes like selling other people’s garbage, and scamming fast food places with expired coupons. On top of that, Tim hasn't seen his girlfriend in days, and worse she may be running around with another man. All Tim can do to keep his sanity is watch his favorite TV show, New Cops, and drift off into sleep where he reigns as President. When his real-life problems begin to reflect in his dreams, he hires a private detective to pin down the philandering man who's stealing his girl.
Directed by Timothy Morton, who starred in Men Go To Battle, an off-kilter micro-budget Civil War movie that premiered last year at Tribeca (& full disclosure a close friend of mine, whom I have worked with several times, see Team Picture), New Cops could be considered a follow-up to Morton’s 2011 poignant (though equally no-fi) documentary, Scattered Junk about the aftermath of a friend's suicide. New Cops has a similar scruffiness and mini-DV aesthetic, but where that film was the commemoration of a real life, New Cops is a toast to absurdity and fake logic. (52 minutes). Starring Timothy Morton, Jimmy Kustes, David Maloney.