STARK INSIDER INDIE FILM: Emma Stone Interview with Loni Stark
Actress Emma Stone chats with Loni Stark about handling rejection, working through stage fright as a child, and tap dancing with Ryan Gosling in throwback musical LA LA LAND.


Tara Lee and Seána Kerslake in Darren Thornton's A DATE FOR MAD MARY, playing at the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival, April 5 - April 19, 2017.

Strong directing and Seana Kerslake win us over in ‘A Date for Mad Mary’ at San Francisco Film Festival

Stark Insider indie film review: A Date for Mad Mary which recently screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM). Director Darren Thornton’s 2016 comedy drama was named best film at the Irish Film Academy awards in Dublin earlier this month, and it has been a favorite at the San...
2017 NHL Playoff Predictions by Clinton Stark

2017 NHL Playoffs Round 1: Here’s the 2 Canadian teams that will make it through

A little bit random. But hockey and the NHL is part of my DNA. So... Smell the glove! Even though Stark Insider is about All Things West Coast -- indie film, music, wanderlust and the arts -- I suppose it can also include a wee bit of hockey. After all, there are actual...
The Wedding Ring - San Francisco Film Festival

Wedding Ring, Long Excuse: On location at the San Francisco International Film Festival

Jeanne Powell is on the ground at the annual San Francisco International Film Festival. Here's her quick look at the influential fest. The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM) opened April 6, 2017 in the City. This annual two-week event continues to be an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery with...
Wente Vineyards: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir wine reviews

Trio of Wente wines offer superb quality for the price — plus a widely available Chardonnay

Here's a trio of wines that should be on your spring and summer shopping lists. Wente Vineyards has released three new wines that taste delicious, yet don't break the bank: 2015 Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Chardonnay ($22) 2014 Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Pinot Noir ($30) 2014...
Guy Fieri at Pebble Beach Food & Wine with Loni Stark

West Coast Wanderlust: Pebble Beach Food & Wine, 100 celebrity chefs, 300 wines… this could be good

10th anniversary edition of famed culinary event returns to Pebble Beach.
ZTE Quartz Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch - specs, photos, availability

ZTE launches Quartz smartwatch, its first wearable for U.S. market runs Android Wear 2.0

ZTE Quartz smartwatch features 1.4-inch round AMOLED display, supports T-Mobile LTE and costs only $192. Stark Insider breaks down ZTE's first U.S. wearable.
Theater Review: Needles and Opium at A.C.T. San Francisco

Lepage makes high-tech magic at the ACT

The production’s deft use of technology gives 'Needles and Opium' a major “wow” factor.
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North by Northwest II with Cary Grant and Loni Stark




Stark Insider goes backstage at the Orpheum in San Francisco as actor Eric Petersen transforms into everyone’s favorite swamp ogre, Shrek himself. The process takes 2 hours every night, and involves film-caliber makeup and prosthetics.