Independent Film

Film Festival coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area including stories, reviews, and interviews.
Loni Stark in DREAM - by Clinton Stark

‘DREAM’ with Loni Stark – Coming Soon to Stark Insider

Life or fiction. Which do you choose? DREAM. Coming soon to Stark Insider. A West Coast Adventure. A Lifetime in the Making. A Dream Within a Dream By Edgar Allan Poe Take this kiss upon the brow! And, in parting from you now, Thus much let me avow- You are not wrong, who deem That my days have been a dream; Yet...
Loving - Film Review

‘Loving’ a forgotten but vitally important part of American history (Film Review)

Loving is director Jeff Nichols’ most acclaimed film yet and the one most likely to win Academy awards. It has been featured in film festivals in Cannes, Toronto, Austin TX, Mill Valley and Telluride CO. This American story of challenging struggle and ultimate triumph is brought to life wonderfully...
Repulsion Catherine Deneuve 1965 Roman Polanski film

Top 10: Best underrated horror films that don’t rely on jump scares

It's been a good past year or two for the horror genre. Plenty of innovative, multi-layered films like A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The Babadook and It Follows have ensured that us fans of non jump-scare fare are satiated. If you're like me, you like sub-text, or at least...
Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman star in Lion.

Lion, Moonlight, Loving win over audiences at Mill Valley Film Festival

At the Mill Valley Film Festival "quality is paramount." Here is a list of this year's audience favorites.
Amy Adams Arrival - Mill Valley Film Festival - Interview Video

It’s a Wrap: Mill Valley Film Festival 39 celebrates closing night with class, poignant ‘Loving’

16 days of indie film, engaging discussions, and -- yes! -- amazing after parties. A recap of MVFF 39.
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James Franco, Lola Sultan talk ‘In Dubious Battle’, mud and Franco possibly being a “goofball” (Video)

Stark Insider continues its ongoing coverage of the Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) with an interview with James Franco and Lola Sultan at the screening of In Dubious Battle. Past segments include: Nicole Kidman (Lion), Amy Adams (Arrival), and Emma Stone (La La Land).  The guy will just not stop. James Franco...
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Nicole Kidman lights up Mill Valley, talks ‘LION’ & importance of human connection, mothers (Video)

Stark Insider is a media sponsor of Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) 39. Don't miss a thing. Get your iPad, iPhone, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, VR headset, Android, self-driving car, or plain old web browser ready, and be sure to subscribe to the Stark Insider YouTube Channel for updates, news, and...
Gael Garcia Bernal - Neruda

Gael García Bernal, thriller ‘Neruda’ win over fans at Mill Valley Film Festival

Gael García Bernal once again charmed the house. The Mexican actor was in town to attend the opening of his latest film, Neruda, at the Mill Valley Film Festival. He was greeted by festival founder Mark Fishkin before heading into the Rafael for the screening. Response to the film, a whimsical...
Mark Fishkin State of the Industry panel at Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF)

State of the Film Industry: Amazon Prime, Netflix, piracy and technology-led disruption

Panel of film industry experts tackle biggest challenges facing filmmakers today at the Mill Valley Film Festival.