- The Washington Times - Friday, July 6, 2007

Police Lt. Jim Dangle, Deputy Travis Junior and Deputy Raineesha Williams of the Reno, Nev., Police Department didn’t take kindly to the February release of a film documenting them on the job.

“Reno 911! Miami” “makes us look like a short bus full of dysfunctionals. I see it as a smear campaign,” said Deputy Junior during the group’s visit to the District in conjunction with the theatrical release of the mockumentary based on the Comedy Central series. “The liberal Hollywood media attacks because they want to make flyover states look like we don’t know what we’re doing. That’s not true. We do paperwork very well.”

Adds Lt. Dangle, wearing his customary short-short police uniform: “They cut out all the competent police work.”

DVD owners can judge for themselves following the June 19 release of “Reno 911! Miami.” (The feature isn’t the only way to see Reno’s finest in action. “Reno 911! The Complete 4th Season — Uncensored” was released on June 26. The two-disc package includes cast commentaries along with 14 episodes.)

The feature film follows the officers as they leave their home turf and travel to Florida for a police convention. A terrorist attack cripples the building where the officers are staying, leaving the late-arriving Reno contingent as the only law of the land.

Corralling Miami crooks proved a tough assignment for the out-of-towners.

“These are some fast people,” Lt. Dangle said. “They work out all the time, and they disco dance.”

Whether they’re busting criminals in Miami or their native Reno, Lt. Dangle enjoys the perks of his profession.

“There’s tremendous satisfaction knowing you’ve protected the population from the harm they do to themselves,” said Lt. Dangle, adding he may start shaving his body hair to give himself an edge when running down hoodlums. “Plus, we also get 15 percent off at the local Chinese restaurants.”

Not all the officers felt ambushed by the feature.

Deputy Williams couldn’t be happier to see herself on the big screen, even if her ample curves got magnified to gargantuan proportions. “There may be some people surprised and overwhelmed by fame. I was born a star,” she said.

Once the team realized the film would hit theaters, they accepted their fate.

“We signed those waivers,” Deputy Junior said. “I didn’t know what a waiver was. I had had a couple of cosmopolitans before the signing. That’s on me. My bad.”

Christian Toto

Mud club

There are few performing arts experiences as exhilarating as the outdoor music festival. Julien Temple captured it all (as the tagline has it: “The mud. The music. The madness.”) in last year’s documentary feature “Glastonbury.” Through Monday, you can see the film for free on movie download site www.Movielink.com.

England’s Glastonbury Festival is the largest and longest-running (it began in 1970) greenfield music festival in the world. This year’s festival, for example, which took place last month, featured some 700 acts on about 80 stages.

Mr. Temple was well-suited to the task of directing a film about the storied festival. He started his career making documentaries about the Sex Pistols, a subject to which he returned for 2000’s almost universally acclaimed documentary “The Filth and the Fury.” He’s made music videos for artists from Paul McCartney and the Kinks to Janet Jackson and the Scissor Sisters. (His offbeat 1988 feature “Earth Girls are Easy” also had a smashing soundtrack.)

The unfocused but visually and musically intriguing “Glastonbury” has performances and interviews with artists including Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, the White Stripes, the Killers, Blur, Coldplay and many others. Mr. Temple shot the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 festivals, and had footage from other years from the BBC, the British TV station Channel 4 and individual concertgoers.

Those unsatisfied with the snippets of performances shown in the film can download individual, uncut Glastonbury performances from various years on Movieline by Mr. McCartney, Radiohead, the White Stripes, the Killers, the Kaiser Chiefs, Nick Cave and others for $1.99 or the entire collection of performances for $15.

If you’re a fan of pop music, get to Movielink soon. Starting Tuesday, “Glastonbury” will cost you $19.99.

Kelly Jane Torrance

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