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 and I especially enjoy discovering hidden gems, those foreign films that don’t get much attention, yet make for exceptional film-going experiences.
The Divine Order, the story of suffragette, told from the Swiss perspective is a perfect example. We were fortunate to screen the drama ahead of its US release, and came away moved and charmed by director Petra Biondina Volpe’s unique take on the landmark 1971 event (one that followed the US vote to allow woman to vote by some 50 years!).
Once again, many festival favorites from TIFF and Cannes will be on the docket at MVFF.
We’re looking forward to several including: Lady Bird, Darkest Hour (Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill), Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck, Mudbound, and festival darling The Square.
And, of course, The Shape of Water!
Writer-director Guillermo del Toro’s inspirational tale of romance and monsters appears very much to be an adult fairytale. A visual poem. Word is the 2-hour feature is a masterpiece. We can’t wait to see it.
Stark Insider on Film:
Mill Valley Film Festival
Latest news, reviews, videos on MVFF:
- Darkest Hour, Current War, Lady Bird lead strong line-up at Mill Valley Film Festival
- Sean Penn to receive tribute at Mill Valley Film Festival 40
- MVFF40: Cannes films ‘The Square’, ‘120 BPM’, ‘Loveless’ among first slate of films revealed
- Gearing up for 40th Mill Valley Film Festival
- Here’s one way to possibly fund your next narrative film
In case you missed it, tributes and spotlights at this year’s MVFF will go to the following:
- Kristin Scott Thomas
- Sean Penn
- Dee Rees
- Holly Hunter
- Todd Haynes
- Andrew Garfield
Look for reviews and video coverage of MVFF40 (wow, forty years!) coming soon to Stark Insider.
In addition, we’ll be rolling out a bunch of projects we’ve been working on over the last few months and summer. These include short films, vignettes, and various experimental videos. All in the name of keeping our creative engines engaged. For better or worse.
We’ve been at this thing, Stark Insider, since 2006. We’re very excited to see what comes next. Thanks for following along the adventure. Special thanks to all those who have contributed, past and present, their time, knowledge, and passion here on Stark Insider.
With that, here’s a peak at what’s next…