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This selection of local flicks includes the usual quota of not-quite-there efforts that feature area actors and locations. First up is He Can Get It (at 9:15 p.m., Wednesday, June 8), Eric Rice’s comedy about an African-American D.C. real-estate agent whose womanizing ways are suddenly disrupted—not that it seems to matter too much. There’s also Pepi Singh Khara’s Far From India (at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 22), in which an Indian immigrant in Frederick falls for a local woman, only to find that his parents and hers are equally hostile to the idea. The more interesting stuff, however, comes from farther away: Salomé (at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 15) is a 1922 Hollywood adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s once-banned Biblical play, with sets and costumes modeled on the work of Aubrey Beardsley; the local connection is the live performance of an original score by Silent Orchestra, a Washington duo. D.C. documentarian Chris Sautter directed So Glad I Made It (pictured; at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 29), but its subject is singer-songwriter Roger Salloom, a Massachusetts native who did time in Bloomington, Ind., and acid-era San Francisco before returning to his home state. The film bills Salloom—who will perform live after the screening—as “America’s best unknown songwriter,” which might be pushing it. But his saga, which includes close encounters with Santana, Jose Feliciano, and Creedence, provides an interesting glimpse of life on the margins of the music biz. The series continues through Wednesday, June 29, at the Avalon Theater, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $8.50– $15. (202) 966-6000. (Mark Jenkins)