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Nothing could be more impersonal than the Hollywood blockbuster, outfitted with computer-generated flashes and booms designed to dazzle the audience’s neurons. At the other end of the spectrum are such films as the ones in this National Gallery of Art series, which are in various senses autobiographical. The opening program, “An Evening With George Kuchar,” features several examples of Kuchar’s recent video diaries, introduced and discussed by the San Francisco filmmaker (Sept. 20 at 2:30 p.m.). It’s followed by George, Henry Corra and Graham Weinbren’s account of the former’s autistic son; this remarkable, if hyperactive, document focuses on the preteen George and his relationships with his classmates, his family, and other “neurotypicals.” Henry and George Corra and Graham Weinbren will introduce the film (Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.). The two later programs are photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank’s short meditation on his memories, The Present (Sept. 27 at 3:30 p.m.), and The Bloody Child, sibling filmmakers Nina and Tinka Menkes’ introspective reaction to a violent California crime (pictured, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.). At the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th & Constitution Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 737-4215. (Mark Jenkins)