Interpreting Victorian-age recluse Emily Dickinson in contemporary terms can be hazardous. Rather than show caution, however, filmmaker James Wolpaw thrusts his subject into the 21st century’s mentality, enlisting psychiatrists, biographers, a psychic, a poet laureate, and even a rock band to help explain the mysteries of the poet’s life and work in Loaded Gun: Life, and Death, and Dickinson. Was Dickinson an agoraphobic, a lesbian, a sadist, or a proto-goth princess? These may not even be the right questions to ask, as Wolpaw acknowledges by including voices that question his strategies, which include asking actresses at an Emily Dickinson cattle call to clarify the poet’s psychology. The one-hour film, shown in conjunction with an exhibition of Lesley Dill’s mixed-media work inspired by Dickinson’s verse, screens at 7 p.m. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $5. (202) 783-5000. (Mark Jenkins)

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