Stark Insider: Celebrating 10 years of San Francisco arts, indie film, music and wanderlust (Video)

10 years ago Loni and I started Stark Insider. I opened up a Netscape browser, loaded something called Typepad and "wrote" this piece of profundity.  I guess we still haven't really grown up, refusing to leave the creative bubble this site affords our lives. It's hard to believe a decade has already...
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Google’s Android 7.0 “Nougat” update coming later this month

Cringe-worthy naming aside, "Nougat" should be arriving next week. At least for some smartphones. Version 7.0 of Google's mobile operating system brings a slew of refinements that make Android easier to use, and more powerful. I've been running 7.0 Nougat on a Nexus 6 and posted some impressions earlier here. While...
Kim Basinger - You Can Leave Your Hat On

Finding inspiration in ‘9 1/2 Weeks’ for making short films

One of my favorite past-times when it comes to video production is to look for inspiration in various places (art, cartoons, video games, movies, etc.). This time I find it in a little known film from the 1980s starring two of the era's biggest stars. 9 1/2 Weeks (imdb) may well...
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Film School MasterClass Review: Werner Herzog teaches filmmaking

"Capture the moment." One of this online film school's final suggestions is simple enough. But when it's delivered by none other than legendary director and documentarian extraordinaire Werner Herzog the advice may well have been hand-delivered from the heavens. Maybe it's the charismatic German accent? The passion in the eyes, the face?...

MVFF Closing Night Film: Interracial couple sentenced to prison in ‘Loving’

Film festival season will soon be here, and news and details have begun to emerge about one of our favorites, the Mill Valley Film Festival. Today organizers announced that Jeff Nichol's Loving (Focus Features) will close out the 39th edition of MVFF. Stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga are scheduled to attend....

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke reveals filmmaking secrets (Video)

When it comes to Catherine Hardwicke one word comes to mind: hustle. As I discovered when I met the energetic director at the Mill Valley Film Festival you can't help but come away from a Harwicke encounter without being inspired. And educated. It was while filming the seminal skateboarding and surf...
Android 7.0 Nougat What's New: Multi-Window Mode

Android News: What’s new in Android 7.0 Nougat?

Android 7.0 is just around the corner. What should we expect from Google's next major release, code-named Nougat, when it drops in the next few weeks? For one, don't expect earth-shattering updates. Android, like iOS, is a mature mobile operating system and platform with broad support, including massive development community....
Abduction From Seraglio - Festival Opera Review

Star Trek meets Mozart at Festival Opera

Comic operas are rarely hilarious. A good Fledermaus or Barber of Seville might get you chuckling on occasion, but it won’t have you holding your head in your hands fighting bursts of uncontrollable laughter. Normally, The Abduction from the Seraglio wouldn’t either, but Josh Shaw’s libretto and staging, which...
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