Igniting Passion for Nature Through Film
This 3-day event will excite, energize, and deepen your connection to the outdoors through the power of film. There will also be opportunities to interact intimately with nature through docent-led hikes and delicious dinners focused on particular films and filmmakers. The quaint town of Los Olivos, located at the gate way to the Dick Smith Wilderness, is the perfect location to launch this premiere event in the Santa Ynez Valley. Visitors will be able to easily stroll the town between films; enjoying wine tasting, unique shopping, and world-class cuisine. Spring is a wonderful time of the year to celebrate nature!
The 2nd NatureTrack Film Festival presents
the US Premiere of the new Netflix series
And 61 other reasons you should be in Los Olivos
The NatureTrack Film Festival is thrilled and proud to announce the last-minute addition of the US premiere of the new Netflix original series Our Planet, with bonus footage that will only be shown at the NatureTrack Film Festival. The premiere of Our Planet joins an already exciting mix of 61 other outstanding films from around the world. Our Planet is set to debut on Netflix April 5th, but audiences at the NatureTrack Film Festival will have the exclusive chance to view Part 1 of the series with the bonus footage before it airs. The 8-part series, from the creators of the BAFTA-winning series Planet Earth, explores the unique and precious wonders of our natural world. Like the enormously popular BBC produced Planet Earth and Blue Planet series, Our Planet is also narrated by the great David Attenborough and featuresexhilarating visuals and stunning footage of rarely-seen animals mixed with somber truths about humanity’s impact on the planet’s habitats and species. Produced by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, and with over 600 members of the crew capturing footage over more than 3,500 filming days, Our Planet reveals never-before-seen habitats from more than 50 countries. The premiere of Our Planet, with special bonus footage only for NTFF’s audience, will screen at 10:00 AM Sunday, March 24th, in Stacy Hall at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Church in Los Olivos.
61 OTHER FILMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Other not-to-be missed films at the NatureTrack Film Festival include Free Solo, winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and a jaw-dropping look at the death-defying, rope-free ascent of El Capitan by famed climber Alex Honnold. The NTFF will also host the final California screening of Face of Winter, an homage to the late Warren Miller told by those who knew the trail-blazing quipster best. Festival film-goers should take special note of The Human Element, a powerful film examination of how the “human element” interacts with the other four elements: earth, water, fire and air. The film’s director Matthew Testa will be on hand for a Q&A after the film and will also participate on a film panel examining the role of filmmaking in land preservation. The adventurous and beautiful film, Into the Arctic: Awakening, will be the NTFF Spotlight Dinner topic with its director, artist and explorer Cory Trépanier, as guest speaker describing his numerous painting expeditions to the Canadian Arctic. And another exciting late addition to the NTFF, just released last month, is Into the Canyon, by director Pete McBride. NTFF audiences will be among the first to see this epic film documenting McBride’s hike through the length of the canyon with trekking partner Kevin Fedarko. These titles are just a fraction of the many brilliant films collected from 18 countries for the second outing of the first nature-focused film festival in Santa Barbara County, and the only one between San Francisco and Los Angeles.