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Stark Insider: Celebrating 10 years of San Francisco arts, indie film, music and wanderlust (Video)

10 years ago Loni and I started Stark Insider. I opened up a Netscape browser, loaded something called Typepad and "wrote" this piece of profundity.  I guess we still haven't really grown up, refusing to leave the creative bubble this site affords our lives. It's hard to believe a decade has already...
Emma Stone - LA LA LAND - MVFF Opening Night 2016

MVFF 39: Emma Stone, Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman among expected guests (Complete List)

Stark Insider is a major media sponsor of Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) 39. Don't miss a thing. Get your iPad, iPhone, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, or plain old web browser ready, and be sure to subscribe to the Stark Insider YouTube Channel for updates, news, and reviews. Plus interviews with...
Andrea Chénier at San Francisco Opera

Why bother having a revolution?: Andrea Chénier at San Francisco Opera

You can’t help leaving this Andrea Chénier admiring what a good job San Francisco Opera has done with a tricky piece.
Dear Master - Aurora Theatre Company Review

Literary Lives in Letters at Aurora Theatre

'Dear Master' made me want to pick up another George Sand novel. I think I’ll go do just that.
MVFF 39 Press Conference - Dolby Labs, San Francisco

Mill Valley Film Festival Line-up Revealed: Neruda, The Salesman, La La Land, Arrival, more

The style might have been more relaxed, but the content was as impressive as ever. Last night, at Dolby Labs in San Francisco, we got a glimpse into the 39th edition of the Mill Valley Film Festival. For the first time (that I can recall) at the annual press briefing there...
Nicole Kidman - MVFF Tribute Awardvideo

MVFF 39: Emma Stone, Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, Annette Bening among stars scheduled to appear

Oscar nominee Emma Stone. Nicole Kidman. Ewan McGregor. Annette Bening. Gael Garcia Bernal. Julie Dash. James Franco. Edward James Olmos. If you're keeping score, that's a whole lot of star power. As Paul Liberatore of the Marin Independent Journal writes, "The 39th Mill Valley Film Festival boasts one of the most glamorous...

Stark Insider Best of Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF Video Roundup)

This week we learned that La La Land and Arrival will open the 39th edition of the Mill Valley Film Festival on Oct. 6th. More news should follow on Monday in San Francisco. There we will get a debrief from founder Mark Fishkin and director of programming Zoe Elton at the annual...
La La Land - Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

‘La La Land’ and ‘Arrival’ to open Mill Valley Film Festival

More indie film festival news to report today. Organizers of the Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) have announced that La La Land (Lionsgate) and Arrival (Paramount Pictures) will open the 39th edition of its festival next month. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling "sing, dance and crack wise" in La La Land, a cinematic update to...
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