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Film Festival coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area including stories, reviews, and interviews.
King Arthur Film Review: Jude Law

Film Review: An entertaining ‘King Arthur’ (Legend of the Sword)

Guy Ritchie's 'King Arthur' (Legend of the Sword) opens today. Film critic Jeanne Powell has a first look review for Stark Insider. The new Warner Brothers film based on the legend of King Arthur has potential to be a blockbuster this summer. Directed by Guy Ritchie, the picture clearly targets...
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Blade Runner 2049 Official Trailer: The best moment is…

There's a lot to like about the just released official trailer for Blade Runner 2049. The sequel to the almost-best-ever sci-fi movie (#1 would be Kubrick's masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey) is, in a cliche, stunning. With film veteran Roger Deakins helming the cinematography rest assured we expected it to...
Loni Stark in Crazy or Die

Crazy or Die: New short film starring Loni Stark premieres Wed 5/3 on Stark Insider

I’ll burn down what’s between us... It's finally through the edit. Look for our new original short Crazy or Die starring Loni Stark right here on Stark Insider on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. If you've followed Stark Insider through the years, you might know that a camera test for us is actually...
The Long Excuse - Film Review

‘The Long Excuse’ and the refusal to acknowledge loss (Film Review)

Stark Insider indie film review: The Long Excuse which recently screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM). Writer-director Miwa Nishikawa’s thoughtfully woven film is a reflection on the challenges of marriage. Nishikawa’s previous films gave us characters operating in a world of dubious ethics or no ethics at all...
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Natalia Almada’s ‘Everything Else’ takes top prize at SFFILM 60

Prizes at the 60th edition of the San Francisco International Film Festival were revealed this week. Winning films across 12 categories were announced at the "Golden Gate Awards" celebration with nearly $40,000 in prizes awarded to filmmakers. (see below for complete list) Natalia Almada took home the top prize --...
A scene from Rahmatou Keïta's THE WEDDING RING, playing at the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival, April 5 - April 19, 2017.

SFFILM: ‘The Wedding Ring’ a welcome and joyous remembrance (Review)

Stark Insider indie film review: The Wedding Ring (original title: (HAWSA) ZIN'NAARIYÂ!) which recently screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM). Director Rahmatou Keïta has given us a delicious and timeless film in The Wedding Ring. It is a 2016 release from Niger, Burkina Faso and France under the original...
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...
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...

Spotlight on True/False Film Festival

I had heard about Columbia’s True/False Film Festival for years, but since it wasn’t anywhere near my neck of the woods I never got around to going.  Plus, in all honesty, I thought it might be a bit “intellectually heavy” to sit through four days of documentaries. Fast-forward to my...
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Stark Insider Oscar Picks: La La Land, Lion, Moonlight, more (Plus Interviews)

The 89th Academy Awards are moments away. Here's Stark Insider's picks for winners in the top Oscar categories. Plus video interviews with some of the nominees. Don't forget: Subscribe to the Stark Insider YouTube channel to get automatically notified of new episodes with host Loni Stark. It's the biggest night...