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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...
Theater Review: Hamlet at A.C.T. San Francisco

Stars align for a memorable ‘Hamlet’ at the ACT

The American Conservatory Theater’s Hamlet marks the debut of two greats who somehow (strangely) have never tackled this great play. John Douglas Thompson premieres his Hamlet, direct by A.C.T. artistic director Carey Perloff. The results make me thank whatever theater gods brought these two together to work on Shakespeare’s...
How I Learned to Drive - Custom Made Theatre San Francisco

Lessons in driving and empathy at Custom Made Theatre

Playwright Paula Vogel has been in the news a lot recently. She made her (shamefully overdue) Broadway debut with Indecent, which was nominated for the 2017 Best Play Tony. She started a national conversation around producers’ and critics’ biases when it comes to financing and reviewing plays by women...
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...
The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue

First Look: Japan Film Festival of San Francisco runs Sept. 1-10, concludes with J-POP Summit

The Japan Film Festival of San Francisco is the first and only film celebration dedicated to Japanese cinema. In its fifth year, the festival in 2017 will feature a variety of genres, presented in the Japanese language with English subtitles. The film festival runs September 1st through 10th, ending with...

Zenith dodges its own question

Kirsten Greenidge’s new play Zenith asks a difficult question: why do ordinary people commit horrifying crimes? Specifically (in a scenario loosely inspired by a true event), how could a seemingly well-adjusted mother drive a car the wrong way on the highway, causing a deadly crash? The premise is well...
Something Rotten Tour Review - San Francisco SHN Orpheum

Something Rotten! proves a fresh musical parody

There’s nothing serious or meaningful about Something Rotten!. Still, if you know the lullaby of Broadway and brush up your Shakespeare, it’s sure to make you laugh.
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Flowers Shall Grow: Edvard Munch exhibition at SFMOMA is stunning, visceral experience (Video)

Stark Insider's newest short film is now playing! Shot on location at the SFMOMA exhibition for Norwegian master Edvard Munch: "Between the Clock and Bed." Watch as Loni Stark dares to head, once again, down the rabbit hole. So here we go: love; despair; desire; and death. He was a founding...