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.
Stew of a Film That Never Fully Satisfies
It’s a stew of a film that lures viewers into its tasty trap without fully satisfying.
Bill Hader Stars as Reluctant Hitman in Fab New Show
Bill Hader stars as a reluctant hitman in his fab new show on HBO.
Touching, Persuasive Documentary on the Celebrity Virtuoso
Director Alison Chernick presents a touching and persuasive documentary on the celebrity virtuoso.
Japanese Doc Delves into Specialized World of Gourmet Ramen Makers
Japanese documentary delves into the specialized world of legendary gourmet ramen makers.
Documentary Paints Portrait of Artist Who Continues to Evolve and Invent
Thomas Riedelsheimer’s documentary paints a portrait of an artist who continues to evolve and invent.
Woman Who’s Comes Apart Looks for Way Back to Normality
The film tells of a woman coming apart and looking for a way back into normality that has suddenly morphed.
Errol Morris’s Docudrama Scrutinizes Frank Olson’s Alleged Suicide
Errol Morris’s docudrama scrutinizes the alleged suicide of Frank Olson, who was found dead outside N.Y.C.’s Hotel Statler in 1953, having fallen from a 13th-floor window.
Drama Moves Beyond Insult that Serves as Kindling for Simmering Socio-Ethnic Rage.
Courtroom drama moves far beyond the trivial insult that serves as kindling for simmering socio-ethnic rage.
Series Raises Question: Is This Farce, Reality TV, or Both?
The scare factor underlying this series on Trump follies is its proximity to the chilling non-cartoon world over which the Trumpster has dominion.
An Enlightened Escape Route
The festival came to a close on Saturday night, with a heartwarming and civic-minded roster of Santa Barbara documentaries.