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WARP Film Festival

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Most festivals have announced biases: doc fests, gay/lesbian fests, ethnic fests. In an innovative variation on this theme, the W (war) A (art) R (relationships) P (politics) fest will have its inaugural running, starting this Thursday night at Durham Arts Council.

The brainchild of key conspirators Jonathan Blackwell and Robert Stromberg, this eclectic program of shorts and features will be shown in various combinations through the weekend. At press time, they were still sorting out the specifics, but given that these guys have been putting on entertainment extravaganzas for years, we're confident they'll have the goods.

Among the planned films is Duke art prof Anya Belkina's Nostalgia , a lovely and technically dazzling meditation on Russian matryoshka dolls and the Soviet poet Andrei Voznesensky's "nostalgia for the present" (a notion he may have lifted from Bertolucci's early marvel, Before the Revolution ). Elsewhere, a mock educational doc, The Wingnut and You , ponders the unsung glory of that useful piece of hardware; Sustenance postulates what those people in The Day After Tomorrow may have to do for food; and Porangui's Capoeira in Translation wonders if Brazil's quintessentially street art form has begun to suffer from its popularity.

Also on tap: Amy Morrison Williams' wrenching family history The Morrison Project , two films by Aaron Valdez and several of the indefatigable Durham filmmaker Jason Klarl's political documentaries. The organizers also promise to show some local contributions to the MoveOn.org call for homemade anti-Bush television spots.

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, June 3-5; 3 p.m. Sunday, June 6. PSI Theatre, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St. 560-2787, www.durhamdada.org/warp. $7, $5 students, seniors. Saturday, June 5: Post-film celebration with Afro-Brazilian theme and live capoeira at Ringside, 308 W. Main St., Durham.

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