Independent Film

Film Festival coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area including stories, reviews, and interviews.

Twin Peaks, streaming and the challenges of old school TV ratings

In the age of Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other streaming services, does things like Nielsen ratings matter anymore?
Blade Runner 2049 - Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford on set

Blade Runner 2049: A Roger Deakins masterclass in cinematography

New featurette gives us closest look yet at upcoming sequel to Blade Runner.
The Force Documentary - Mendocino Film Festival

Preview: 12th annual Mendocino Film Festival

The 12th annual Mendocino Film Festival invites you to “travel the world from the edge of your seat,” with venues this year in Mendocino Village, Fort Bragg and Philo. Running from June 1st to 4th, the festival features 65 films from 23 nations. Guest curators in 2017 include Larry Laboe (from SXM...
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...

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...
San Francisco International Film Festival opening night

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...