STARK INSIDER INDIE FILM: Emma Stone Interview with Loni Stark
Actress Emma Stone chats with Loni Stark about handling rejection, working through stage fright as a child, and tap dancing with Ryan Gosling in throwback musical LA LA LAND.

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Solving MacBook Pro Dongle Hell: Sanho HyperDrive Hub Review

I'm like you -- or maybe at least a handful of you risktaking, crazy, early adopters. I took the plunge late last year and finally replaced my aging MacBook Air (2012) with a (controversial) 15" MacBook Pro (2016). Yes, it's true. Dongle hell isn't much fun... I'd have preferred if Apple had...
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Natalia Almada’s ‘Everything Else’ takes top prize at SFFILM 60

Prizes at the 60th edition of the San Francisco International Film Festival were revealed this week. Winning films across 12 categories were announced at the "Golden Gate Awards" celebration with nearly $40,000 in prizes awarded to filmmakers. (see below for complete list) Natalia Almada took home the top prize --...
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Napa Events: Margrit Mondavi Summer Concert Series revealed

Artists for this year's edition of the Margrit Mondavi Summer Concert Series (formerly known as the Robert Mondavi Windery) have been revealed. The following 5 acts have all been confirmed to appear: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness Patti LaBelle The Revivalists Michael Franti & Spearhead Ben Harper & The...
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...
2017 NHL Playoff Predictions by Clinton Stark

2017 NHL Playoffs Round 1: Here’s the 2 Canadian teams that will make it through

A little bit random. But hockey and the NHL is part of my DNA. So... Smell the glove! Even though Stark Insider is about All Things West Coast -- indie film, music, wanderlust and the arts -- I suppose it can also include a wee bit of hockey. After all, there are actual...
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Wedding Ring, Long Excuse: On location at the San Francisco International Film Festival

Jeanne Powell is on the ground at the annual San Francisco International Film Festival. Here's her quick look at the influential fest. The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM) opened April 6, 2017 in the City. This annual two-week event continues to be an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery with...
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Stark Insider goes backstage at the Orpheum in San Francisco as actor Eric Petersen transforms into everyone’s favorite swamp ogre, Shrek himself. The process takes 2 hours every night, and involves film-caliber makeup and prosthetics.