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Film Festival coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area including stories, reviews, and interviews.
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Stark Insider Original Short: Que. Sera. Sera. (VIDEO)

The challenge: You have a beautiful location. And lots of interesting light and architecture. But: no actors. How then to stage a party scene? One way is to do what we did in this new Stark Insider original short film. In Que. Sera. Sera. the ever-supportive spouse Loni Stark hosts a party...
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Mill Valley Film Festival Opening Weekend Recap: Dee Rees leads the way

Dee Rees. I didn't know much about her. After Mill Valley Film Festival opening weekend that all changed. The director, best known for Netflix's coming-of-age darling Pariah (2011), held court at the "Mind the Gap" summit on Saturday. Flanked on either side by members of her filmmaking team that helped...
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Stark Insider Short Film: A. Blinding. Light. (VIDEO)

Who is Stark Insider? A. Blinding. Light. The theme continues as Loni Stark and I roll out our series of shorts over the coming weeks and months. This marks the first time we've created a central theme for a series of videos. Over the summer we took a short timeout from...
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2017 Short Film Collection: Who is Stark Insider?

Kicking off the first ever collection of Stark Insider short films.
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Mill Valley Film Festival: Past. Present. Future. (Video)

This week we kick off our coverage of the Mill Valley Film Festival. Those that have followed Stark Insider over the years may already know we've been covering MVFF since 2010. Since that time we've captured many memorable moments on video. And been fortunate to meet many interesting and...
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Ever been to Disneyland? Mill Valley Film Festival and Stark Insider Fall preview (Video)

We're fast approaching fall. That means a few things for Stark Insider. First, if you've followed SI over the years, you probably already know that we attend the Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) in October. We're planning to do so again, and check out the latest in indie film. Loni Stark...
Darkest Hour - Gary Oldman - Mill Valley Film Festival

Darkest Hour, Current War, Lady Bird lead strong line-up at Mill Valley Film Festival

Organizers this morning took the wraps off the highly anticipated line-up for the annual Mill Valley Film Festival. We've seen many films with strong showings at MVFF (e.g. Moonlight, The King's Speech) go on to do well during awards season. It looks so far like that streak will continue. Festival...
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Critical Update: Waiting for a message…

Somewhere. Someone. Waiting for a message. https://twitter.com/StarkInsider/status/905120975406063617 Coming soon to Stark Insider. (Who is Stark Insider?) You don't want to miss this.
Sean Penn in Mystic River - MVFF Tribute

Sean Penn to receive tribute at Mill Valley Film Festival 40

Legendary director and actor to be honored with MVFF Award following onstage conversation.
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MVFF40: Cannes films ‘The Square’, ‘120 BPM’, ‘Loveless’ among first slate of films revealed

Organizers of the Mill Valley Film Festival have released the first slate of major film announcements. It's a lengthy reveal, featuring international and domestic entries. A quick scan suggests a quality line-up, including many stand-out titles, and performances. Of note the top Cannes award winners -- Palme d'Or, Gran Prix,...