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A showcase for unserious-minded local filmmakers, the WPA/Corcoran’s “Independent Picture Show” offers 18 shorts ranging in length from two to 15 minutes and loosely organized around the theme “This Sick World.” Several of the entries seem inspired by a perhaps unhealthy fascination with meat: A talking piece of meat assists a woman in Lisa Hammer’s (The Glorious) Empire of Ache, a teenager turns to vegetarianism as rebellion against her cannibal family in Jason Hernandez-Rosenblatt’s Meat, and Psychotronic Film Society president (and former punk-funker) Carl Cephas sings the praises of Spam in Omnivore Snacks Etc. Also included are the customary music videos, kung fu and sci-fi homages, and three two-minute promos for upcoming work by Washington’s leading maker of ironic pop-culture shorts, Jeff Krulik. At 9 p.m. at Projectspace, 625 E St. NW. $3. (202) 783-2185. (MJ)