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2017 Short Film Collection: Who is Stark Insider?

Kicking off the first ever collection of Stark Insider short films.
The Mineola Twins Review -Cutting Ball Theater, San Francisco

Twin Trouble on Taylor

The Mineola Twins at Cutting Ball Theater opens with thunder and lightning. The intensity continues unabated throughout the show. Paula Vogel’s play follows a pair of small-town twins as they navigate the trials of sex, potential nuclear war, marriage, electroshock therapy, parenthood, and violent crime. Myra and Myrna have...

Mill Valley Film Festival: Past. Present. Future. (Video)

This week we kick off our coverage of the Mill Valley Film Festival. Those that have followed Stark Insider over the years may already know we've been covering MVFF since 2010. Since that time we've captured many memorable moments on video. And been fortunate to meet many interesting and...
Victoria and Abdul - A Film Review

Film Review: ‘Victoria and Abdul’ makes point without bashing viewer over the head

Stephen Frears’ latest film, Victoria and Abdul, is a sequel of sorts to John Madden’s Mrs. Brown from 1997. Both films feature the incomparable Judi Dench as a widowed Queen Victoria, lifted from her deeply held grief by a bold and captivating male servant. Both films are firmly based...
Theater Review: Hamlet at A.C.T. San Francisco

Stars align for a memorable ‘Hamlet’ at the ACT

The American Conservatory Theater’s Hamlet marks the debut of two greats who somehow (strangely) have never tackled this great play. John Douglas Thompson premieres his Hamlet, direct by A.C.T. artistic director Carey Perloff. The results make me thank whatever theater gods brought these two together to work on Shakespeare’s...
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SmartThings Link for NVIDIA SHIELD

Smart Home News: Samsung SmartThings dongle announced for NVIDIA Shield

This is an interesting development. Well, at least for smart home and home automation enthusiasts it might be. SmartThings (now owned by Samsung) today announced a USB stick called the SmartThings Link that works with the NVIDIA Shield streaming box to create a smart home hub. It costs only $39.99, though...
Bill Pullman in David Lynch's masterful enigma Lost Highway with cinematography by Peter Deming.

Festival of Disruption: David Lynch adds cinematographer Peter Deming, Twin Peaks exec producer Sabrina Sutherland

It's getting oh-so-very Twin Peaks in Los Angeles this October. Organizers today announced two more additions to this year's Festival of Disruption line-up, both with, yes, Twin Peaks connections, but also with long-standing David Lynch connections. First up in today's additions is cinematographer Peter Deming, a long-standing Lynch collaborator (see Lost...

Ever been to Disneyland? Mill Valley Film Festival and Stark Insider Fall preview (Video)

We're fast approaching fall. That means a few things for Stark Insider. First, if you've followed SI over the years, you probably already know that we attend the Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) in October. We're planning to do so again, and check out the latest in indie film. Loni Stark...
How I Learned to Drive - Custom Made Theatre San Francisco

Lessons in driving and empathy at Custom Made Theatre

Playwright Paula Vogel has been in the news a lot recently. She made her (shamefully overdue) Broadway debut with Indecent, which was nominated for the 2017 Best Play Tony. She started a national conversation around producers’ and critics’ biases when it comes to financing and reviewing plays by women...
All-new Caséta app announced at CEDIA Expo 2017

Lutron rolls out major app update for its Caséta smart home lighting system

"This is a big one!" Lutron today at the CEDIA Expo 2017 announced a "completely redesigned" version of its app for its Caséta wireless smart home lighting system. Available now for iOS and Android, version 5.0 features a new look to the UI (get ready for lots of blue and white), room-based...

The Tastemakers Are Coming! The Tastemakers Are Coming!

San Francisco culinary extravaganza to feature chefs Dominique Crenn, Sven Chartier, Daniel Patterson, Mandy Aftel, Evan Rich, Matt Abergel more. Plus: San Francisco's first nightclub for food lovers at Fort Mason.


North by Northwest II with Cary Grant and Loni Stark



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Clinton and Loni Stark talk about their latest short film Crazy or Die.