Jeanne Powell

Jeanne is a published poet and essayist. She holds degrees from Wayne State University and the University of San Francisco. Jeanne has taught in the CS, UB and OLLI programs at universities in the City. Her books in print include MY OWN SILENCE and WORD DANCING from Taurean Horn Press.
Step Film Review

‘Step’ will restore your faith in the human spirit

Uplifting film documents girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore.
Hally Berry in 'Kidnap' - Film Review

‘Kidnap’ Film Review: Halle Berry is relentless in pursuit of her goal

Halle Berry’s latest film causes us to see her in a new light, perhaps in keeping with this summer’s other action films – a woman relentless in pursuit of her goal. She is not Wonder Woman or an MI-6 agent in the Cold War (Charlize Theron), but she is...
Ali Paris Trio Concert Review - San Francisco

Ali Paris Trio Concert Review: First rate flamenco, from Morocco to Andalucia

Last night, the Ali Paris Trio and friends filled the modest stage at Old First Church with passionate music. The international crowd included families who spoke Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Yiddish; and they cheered the accomplished musicians with love and ovations. This is the second of three Ali Paris concerts...
The Beguiled - Film Review

Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ complex, haunting, impressive (Review)

Sofia Coppola received the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival for her film version of The Beguiled, adapted from a 1966 southern gothic novel by Thomas Cullinan. Her intriguing interpretation is complex and haunting, and impressive. Barely had her film been released when critics and the viewing public...
Film Review: Mali Blues

Film Review: ‘Mali Blues’ a standout documentary

Director Lutz Gregor's film was a special highlight at the Mendocino Film Festival.
The Force Documentary - Mendocino Film Festival

Preview: 12th annual Mendocino Film Festival

The 12th annual Mendocino Film Festival invites you to “travel the world from the edge of your seat,” with venues this year in Mendocino Village, Fort Bragg and Philo. Running from June 1st to 4th, the festival features 65 films from 23 nations. Guest curators in 2017 include Larry Laboe (from SXM...
King Arthur Film Review: Jude Law

Film Review: An entertaining ‘King Arthur’ (Legend of the Sword)

Guy Ritchie's 'King Arthur' (Legend of the Sword) opens today. Film critic Jeanne Powell has a first look review for Stark Insider. The new Warner Brothers film based on the legend of King Arthur has potential to be a blockbuster this summer. Directed by Guy Ritchie, the picture clearly targets...
The Long Excuse - Film Review

‘The Long Excuse’ and the refusal to acknowledge loss (Film Review)

Stark Insider indie film review: The Long Excuse which recently screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM). Writer-director Miwa Nishikawa’s thoughtfully woven film is a reflection on the challenges of marriage. Nishikawa’s previous films gave us characters operating in a world of dubious ethics or no ethics at all...
A scene from Rahmatou Keïta's THE WEDDING RING, playing at the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival, April 5 - April 19, 2017.

SFFILM: ‘The Wedding Ring’ a welcome and joyous remembrance (Review)

Stark Insider indie film review: The Wedding Ring (original title: (HAWSA) ZIN'NAARIYÂ!) which recently screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM). Director Rahmatou Keïta has given us a delicious and timeless film in The Wedding Ring. It is a 2016 release from Niger, Burkina Faso and France under the original...
Tara Lee and Seána Kerslake in Darren Thornton's A DATE FOR MAD MARY, playing at the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival, April 5 - April 19, 2017.

Strong directing and Seana Kerslake win us over in ‘A Date for Mad Mary’ at San Francisco Film Festival

Stark Insider indie film review: A Date for Mad Mary which recently screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM). Director Darren Thornton’s 2016 comedy drama was named best film at the Irish Film Academy awards in Dublin earlier this month, and it has been a favorite at the San...