Raised in Santa Barbara, Josef Woodard has been a freelance journalist/critic since 1980, at which time he began his writing career with the Santa Barbara News & Review, one of the precursors of the Independent. He started writing for the Independent from the paper’s first issue, and has written the “Fringe Beat” column since 1990. In that time, he has covered music (of various genres), film and the fine arts for many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, starting in 1990 and continuing to the present, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Musician, Option, Opera Now, Artweek, and the jazz magazines--Down Beat, Jazz Times, and Jazziz. He won an ASCAP Deems Taylor award for jazz writing in 1998. He has also written numerous liner notes and has been involved in book projects (including a work-in-progress on Charles Lloyd). With his other hat, Woodard is also a musician, guitarist, songwriter and is co-owner of the independent record label Household Ink Records, founded in 1987, working with bands including Headless Household, flapping, Flapping, Dudley, and etcetera.
Sisterly Support in Man’s World is Story’s Maxim
The balm of sisterly support in a man’s world serves as the story’s moving maxim.
Story Lingers in Mind Thanks to Deep Dive by Director
The film lingers in the mind longer than its headline-tapping relevance thanks to the deep dive made by the director.
A Blissful Art and Music-Enhanced Destination
A blissful art and music-enhanced nature destination.
Documentary Does Smashing Job of Filling in Blanks of Multitalented Brit
Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s documentary does a smashing job of filling in the blanks and chronology of this restless, multitalented Brit.
It’s a Smaller World, After All
It’s a smaller world, after all.
HBO Adapts Book into Stylish, Arty Thriller
HBO adapts book into stylish, arty thriller for the small screen.
SBIFF Presents Its Seventh Wave Film Festival
SBIFF presents its seventh Wave Film Festival.
Features and Documentaries Screen on Fridays in July
Features and documentaries screen each Friday in July.
Actress Is Cosmic, Elusive Star of Film
This impressive first feature film drops us into the murky world of Nancy, who may or may not be a woman kidnapped as a young girl.
Series Deftly Blends Family-Friendly Elements with Bizarre, Scary Forces
The series deftly blends family-friendly elements with bizarre, scary forces.