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“Point of Departure Films”

Bringing film and video into American University’s “Point of Departure” show of student artwork, master of fine arts candidates in celluloid disciplines will screen their work this weekend. On Friday, the program comprises David Matthews’ Turned Out, an account of a man whose family and friends are no help in repaying a $5,000 debt; Foggy Bottom, Eric Naughton’s thriller about an average guy caught up in an ominous mystery; and Goodwill Ambassador, Noriyuki Amemiya’s documentary exploring the fate of 53 dogwood trees given to Japan by the U.S. government early in this century. On Saturday, the screenings begin with Sacred Mount Athos: Treasures From the Byzantine Millennium (pictured), Christine Schiwietz’s award-winning look at the objects, usually on display only at an isolated monastery, that were exhibited last year in Thessaloniki. Also in the Saturday program are Max Brooks’ Enemies Within, about a student who volunteers to test a virtual-reality machine and finds himself in the middle of World War II, and Colleen McGraw’s Audrey’s View, the tale of an agoraphobic who must conquer her fears in an emergency. At 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Gallery 505, 505 7th St. NW. Free. (202) 885-1670. (Mark Jenkins)