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Film Festival coverage in the San Francisco Bay Area including stories, reviews, and interviews.
Green Book - Napa Valley Film Festival Fall arts preview

First Look Fall Arts: ‘Green Book’ to open Napa Valley Film Festival (Nov. 7 – 11)

Welcome to the eighth annual Napa Valley Film Festival (November 7 – 11), just 47 miles north of San Francisco. Less than a month after the devastating fires which swept across wine country, the Festival moves forward to create a memorable week of the best in cinematic storytelling. Of particular...
Film Review: 'Nutcracker and the Four Realms' perfect for family holiday time

Film Review: ‘Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ perfect for family holiday time

With drawbridges, castle moats, marching tin soldiers, fog, ravens, shooting stars, and a truly mesmerizing Mouse King, along with a mysterious godfather scientist wearing an eye patch, there is plenty to interest viewers of all ages.
op 10 Horror Films of All-Time

Top 10: Best horror movies of all-time

Okay, its that time of year again. A well-received reboot of Halloween just arrived, with Jamie Lee Curtis reprising the iconic role that would forever cement her as the scream queen -- and, further, create a "last girl" with brains, her performance paving the way for many more strong female...
Film Review: 'Time for Ilhan' is about the village, building it, believing in it, sustaining it.

Film Review: ‘Time for Ilhan’ is about the village, building it, believing in it, sustaining it

Of the many fine documentaries featured in the 2018 Mill Valley Film Festival, Time for Ilhan stands out for its sheer excitement and joy as we watch an essentially shy refugee embark on an amazing journey from wife and mother to an elected official in the city of Minneapolis. Ilhan...
Green Book film award Mill Valley Film Festival

Comedy-drama ‘Green Book’ comes up big at Mill Valley Film Festival

Some indie film news out of San Francisco today. Peter Farrelly's Green Book has taken home the audience favorite award at the Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF). Starring Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence, Far from Men) and Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Crossing Over), the comedy-drama continues to...
The Whistleblower of My Lai - Film Review

Film Review: ‘Whistleblower of My Lai’ a memorable fusion of opera and documentary

Jeanne Powell reviews The Whistleblower of My Lai, an outstanding documentary from the 2018 Mill Valley Film Festival. Connie Field is the director of this remarkable fusion of opera and documentary about the massacre of 500 Vietnamese civilians by American troops in 1968, and the courage of one young helicopter...
BlacKkKlansman - Interview with director Spike Lee

Spike Lee and ‘Blackkklansman’: We cannot move forward until we can agree that the U.S. was built on genocide and robbery

Recently at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco, celebrated film director Spike Lee made an appearance. Favorable word of mouth and substantial press reviews of his latest film, Blackkklansman guaranteed a good turnout for his interview and subsequent showing of the film, already released nationwide. The Castro Theatre is...
Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek Old Man and Gun Film Review

‘The Old Man & the Gun’: Robert Redford shines in true heist account (Film Review)

The Old Man & the Gun is a sweet film, based on the true story of serial bank robber Forrest Tucker. David Grann’s article about Tucker appeared in The New Yorker in 2003 and is the inspiration for the movie. Grann describes Tucker as "one of the most notorious...
Loni Stark BTS shooting video for Stark Insider

The Mission Continues…

Short films shot on location by Clinton and Loni Stark. The Mission Continues... Stay tuned to the Stark Insider channels on YouTube and Vimeo to get automatic updates for new video uploads. We've been shooting scenes and interviews like mad over the past few years. I would travel down to Hell and...
Fahrenheit 11/9 Film Review

Fahrenheit 11/9 Film Review: Democracy takes work

Filmmaker Michael Moore fears the consequences of a loss of faith in our country, and says it could be the death knell of democracy.