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Mudbound - MVFF Audience Favorite Award

‘Mudbound’ voted audience favorite at Mill Valley Film Festival 40

Dee Rees' Mudbound has been voted overall audience favorite at the prestigious Mill Valley Film Festival. Other favorites include Aaron Sorkin's Molly's Game, Greta Gerwig's well received Lady Bird, Santiago Rizzo's Quest and Jessica M. Thompson's The Light of the Moon. Mudbound, which tells the story of two men returning home...
The Graduate - Alexander Valley Film Society

Alexander Valley Film Society adapts festival as fundraiser for devastated Sonoma County

100% of the proceeds will go directly to fire relief and recovery via the Community Foundation of Sonoma County’s Resilience Fund.
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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...
Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit - Review

A very funny rabbi(t) at Berkeley Rep

Have you ever confused a rabbi with a rabbit? Me, neither, but it seems like a plausible mistake in Daniel Handler’s new play Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit, at Berkeley Rep. Daniel Handler (best known by his young adult fiction pen name,...
Dee Rees - Mill Valley Film Festival

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...
Who is Stark Insider? With Loni Stark.

2017 Short Film Collection: Who is Stark Insider?

Kicking off the first ever collection of Stark Insider short films.
The Mineola Twins Review -Cutting Ball Theater, San Francisco

Twin Trouble on Taylor

The Mineola Twins at Cutting Ball Theater opens with thunder and lightning. The intensity continues unabated throughout the show. Paula Vogel’s play follows a pair of small-town twins as they navigate the trials of sex, potential nuclear war, marriage, electroshock therapy, parenthood, and violent crime. Myra and Myrna have...
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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...
Victoria and Abdul - A Film Review

Film Review: ‘Victoria and Abdul’ makes point without bashing viewer over the head

Stephen Frears’ latest film, Victoria and Abdul, is a sequel of sorts to John Madden’s Mrs. Brown from 1997. Both films feature the incomparable Judi Dench as a widowed Queen Victoria, lifted from her deeply held grief by a bold and captivating male servant. Both films are firmly based...