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Flowers Shall Grow: Edvard Munch exhibition at SFMOMA is stunning, visceral experience (Video)

Stark Insider's newest short film is now playing! Shot on location at the SFMOMA exhibition for Norwegian master Edvard Munch: "Between the Clock and Bed." Watch as Loni Stark dares to head, once again, down the rabbit hole. So here we go: love; despair; desire; and death. He was a founding...
Step Film Review

‘Step’ will restore your faith in the human spirit

Uplifting film documents girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore.
Hally Berry in 'Kidnap' - Film Review

‘Kidnap’ Film Review: Halle Berry is relentless in pursuit of her goal

Halle Berry’s latest film causes us to see her in a new light, perhaps in keeping with this summer’s other action films – a woman relentless in pursuit of her goal. She is not Wonder Woman or an MI-6 agent in the Cold War (Charlize Theron), but she is...
Ali Paris Trio Concert Review - San Francisco

Ali Paris Trio Concert Review: First rate flamenco, from Morocco to Andalucia

Last night, the Ali Paris Trio and friends filled the modest stage at Old First Church with passionate music. The international crowd included families who spoke Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Yiddish; and they cheered the accomplished musicians with love and ovations. This is the second of three Ali Paris concerts...

Video: Backstage tour at ‘Luzia’ by Cirque du Soleil (Now in Chicago)

Stark Insider goes backstage at 'Luzia' by Cirque du Soleil. Learn more about secrets of the show, and see what it takes to become -- or attempt to become -- a Cirque performer. Cirque du Soleil's new touring production Luzia is all about light and rain. And, as you might...
Stark Insider Video BTS with Loni Stark

Latest Videos on Stark Insider: Ziplining, a short doc, EdgeWalk CN Tower, Iceland, Pebble Beach

Plus some thoughts on the State of YouTube and streaming platforms.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Renovation Exterior

SFMOMA wants you to text for art

Text SFMOMA and the museum will text back related artwork from its 34,000 piece collection.
The Beguiled - Film Review

Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ complex, haunting, impressive (Review)

Sofia Coppola received the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival for her film version of The Beguiled, adapted from a 1966 southern gothic novel by Thomas Cullinan. Her intriguing interpretation is complex and haunting, and impressive. Barely had her film been released when critics and the viewing public...
Mark and Jay Duplass Interview on filmmaking, Jeff Who Lives at Home (Video)

Here’s one way to possibly fund your next narrative film

Filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass announce new program to help fund up to $25,000 for narrative films made in local communities.