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VIDEO JIHAD -- Budding filmmakers looking for something different should check out the Creative Alliance tomorrow. In the Video Jihad Culture Jam Video Contest, you're given a piece of film (actually a Quicktime or AVI clip) and need to incorporate it into an original work by week's end. Interested creative types should meet at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., at 7 p.m. tomorrow; the resulting works will be shown June 10 at 7 p.m. The entrance fee is $25, $20 for CA members. Call 410-276-1651 or visit creativealliance.org.

AT ST. THOMAS AQUINAS -- Legendary silent-screen swashbuckler Douglas Fairbanks stars in The Black Pirate, the story of a strapping young man who, seeking revenge, infiltrates the gang of pirates responsible for the death of his father. Great fun, and like all Fairbanks' films, this one holds up surprisingly well. Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Thomas Aquinas Church parish center, West 37th Street and Roland Avenue. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Information: 410-366-4488.

CINEMA SUNDAYS -- The Proposition, a tale of Australia in the late 19th century that centers on a gang of outlaw brothers who law enforcement officials try to get to turn on one another, is this weekend's scheduled Cinema Sundays offering. Directed by John Hillcoat and written by singer Nick Cave, the film stars Tom Budge, Guy Pearce and Emily Watson. Showtime Sunday at The Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., is 10:35 a.m., preceded by 45 minutes of no-additional-charge coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-FILM or cinemasundays.com.

FRENCH INVASION -- The French invasion of The Charles' Saturday revival series continues tomorrow with Robert Bresson's 1963 film, Pickpocket. Martin LaSalle stars as the title character, who finds picking pockets simultaneously a hobby, a calling and a way of making a living. Unfortunately, society doesn't embrace his occupation. (Film fans may notice that certain elements of Pickpocket found their way into Paul Schrader and Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver.) Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encore showings set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.


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