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The recent works of structuralist California filmmaker James Benning have no plots, but that doesn’t mean they’re uneventful. In these surprisingly lively 16 mm movies, water, wind, and above all light move fluently within settings that their titles fully explain: 13 Lakes and Ten Skies. Although the director didn’t edit, save taking the best 10 minutes from an 11-minute reel, he exercised control over location and timing, as well as the soundtrack. (Ten Skies, for example, was shot without audio and then outfitted with sounds from previous films.) Benning can explain his objectives in a variety of ways: He’s called the movies “found paintings” and “anti-war artworks” and said they’re “about time.” Perhaps he’ll elaborate further when he discusses the two films with cinema historian Scott MacDonald after their screenings. 13 Lakes shows at 3 p.m. (see Showtimes for a complete schedule of screenings) at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th Street and Constitution Ave. NW. Free. (202) 842-6799. (Mark Jenkins)