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.
Excitingly Cerebral and Touchingly Human
Director Gustav Möller’s movie is as exciting as a cerebral, filmic venture and touching as a fully, knotty human story.
Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, and Eileen Atkins in Conversation
Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, and Eileen Atkins venture down their respective and collective memory lanes.
SBIFF Showcases Social, Environmental, Political Slate of Docs
SBIFF showcases a social, environmental, and political slate of docs, as well as community-engaging panel discussions with artists and community leaders.
Film Avoids Hysterical Depiction, Artfully Deals with Volatile Subject of Conversion Therapy
The film avoids hysterical depictions of the conversion campaign, instead artfully dealing with realities of a volatile situation with too much relevance in the modern moment.
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.