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.
An Enlightened Escape Route
The festival came to a close on Saturday night, with a heartwarming and civic-minded roster of Santa Barbara documentaries.
Deer in the Dreamlights
A strong undercurrent in the film is the power and the dreams, which become both a retreat from the concrete reality and a literally connective tissue between our lover protagonists.
The Lure of a Mysterious ‘Woman’
Chilean filmmaker makes a “trans-genre and transgender film.”
Sam Rockwell and Other Actors in Hollywood’s Side Lights
The crop of celebrities honored at this year’s award tributes is low-key, in that the klieg lights are being shone on actors who have artistically prospered in the chameleonic side lights of Hollywood.
Tributes, Panels, and Films Light Up the City
SBIFF has once again lit up our city in the manner to which we’ve grown accustomed, propitiously timed during the lead-up to the Academy Awards.
Directors as Cultural Superheroes
On that stage was genuinely an all-star collection of uniquely creative voices, whose work this year all deserved their Oscar nominations.
Behind and Beneath the Scenery
Film artisans take center stage, and more must see films.
Holding Court in a Divided World
The Lebanese film The Insult is a fascinating variation on the courtroom drama genre and a potent and contemporarily important tale of tolerance.
Chasing Cursors and Screen Time
Screenwriters talk about their craft, Virtuosos get loose, and more films gems.
During Gary Oldman’s Maltin Modern Master Award tribute it was clear that we were in the presence of a true acting chameleon.