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In Photos: A postcard from Venice Beach

There's Starbucks. Lots of 'em. Whole Foods, yep -- no less a massive flagship location (but what I would for a normal candy section). And, even Trader Joe's. So it does feel a lot like the San Francisco Bay Area or any other major US city for that matter. But Venice Beach (and neighbor Santa Monica) are different enough. There's...

Stark Insider On Location: Venice Beach, California

Venice Beach, California

We're on location in Venice Beach and Santa Monica; our first time here, just west of L.A., shooting some video coverage for Stark Insider. It's a very pretty area. And, not unlike the San Francisco Bay Area, scenes of beautiful coastlines and swaying palms are juxtaposed with massive highway congestion and throngs of people, tourists and locals alike. Needless to say...

2017 Short Film Collection: Who is Stark Insider? (VIDEO)

Stark Insider 2017 Short Film Collection - Who is Stark Insider? - By Clinton and Loni Stark

5-part Stark Insider short film collection is Now Playing.

Amazon no longer selling wine online to consumers, but: Whole Foods

Whole Foods Market

Retailers that sell alcohol can't accept payments from suppliers to advertise their products. And since wine producers pay Amazon fees to sell through Amazon Wine and it sells as a retailer through its newly acquired Whole Foods Market chain, the situation violates the law. So Amazon Wine which was launched only five years ago is shutting down. "... we will no...

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 somewhere in Paris. It's a heck of a time until...

Mill Valley Film Festival Opening Weekend Recap: Dee Rees leads the way

Dee Rees - Mill Valley Film Festival

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 make her latest feature Mudbound (2017), Rees encouraged fellow filmmakers...

The Tastemakers Are Coming! The Tastemakers Are Coming!

San Francisco culinary extravaganza to feature chefs Dominique Crenn, Sven Chartier, Daniel Patterson, Mandy Aftel, Evan Rich, Matt Abergel more. Plus: San Francisco's first nightclub for food lovers at Fort Mason.

Having the “time of your life” at the Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure, N.C.

Shout out to all Dirty Dancing film fans: Mark Your Calendars now for the August 18-19th Dirty Dancing Festival held in Lake Lure, North Carolina. If you’re thinking, “But wait, aren’t we in September now?” you’d be right. However, I’m giving you advance notice for 2018 because you’re not the only one who’s down for “having the time of...

Wanderlust: Charlotte’s all about craft beer, cool nabes, creative shops, culinary delights, and culture galore!

You know how people who've met President Bill Clinton often say he has a way of making you feel as though you're the only one in the room. I feel the same way about Charlotte, NC. Its Southern charm is palpable and whenever I visit I’m treated like royalty. I suspect it’s not just me, but everyone who visits...

Charmed by China on Viking’s “Roof of the World” Cruisetour

An unforgettable 17-day cruisetour reveals the many faces of China. Plus: a strong case for the global merits of Google Translate.