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JUNE 14 & 18

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It’s well known that George Lucas’ first feature, THX 1138, was, and continues to be, expanded from his film-school short into features about a totalitarian future. The American Film Institute, however, has found two other analogous projects: Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade (pictured), George Hickenlooper’s half-hour film of the Billy Bob Thornton one-act play that the latter would turn into the Oscar-winning film, Sling Blade, and Diversion, subsequently rewritten (with a different slant) by director James Dearden as Fatal Attraction. The three infrequently screened shorts offer a rare look at the first drafts of Hollywood hits. At 6:45 p.m. Saturday and 5:10 & 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute Theater. $6.50. (202) 828-4090. (Mark Jenkins)