Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe is there for the community!

The Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe is central to Los Olivos and we are so honored that they became a sponsor of the NatureTrack Film Festival!

Shawnda relates, that they are offering Family Platters, both their standard one, with a choice of Roasted Mary’s Chicken or Braised Short Ribs, and their weekly International Platters featuring flavors from around the globe, which are very popular! And, of course, the regular takeout menu with many of their guests’ favorites.

Online ordering for food (and wine): https://losolivos.revelup.com/weborder/

They are also offering boil-at-home homemade pasta kits and a $15 organic produce basket with offerings from their Cafe Farm. It consists of mixed produce freshly harvested from their CCOF Certified Organic Farm. Due to high demand, they are only available to customers who are also purchasing food and/or wine.

In addition to produce, they have a wine club! Becoming a wine club member at the Wine Merchant is something that gives them a boost every three months when they have their shipments – so it’s a win-win for everyone!

Custom wine clubs: https://www.winemerchantcafe.com/wine-merchant/wine-club/

The Cafe Farm not only produces organic, fresh produce to use as ingredients for the delicious meals they prepare, or sell as organic produce baskets, they also support the Community by dropping off produce twice a week from their Cafe Farm to St. Marks, which goes towards providing 700 meals to those of great need in the Santa Ynez Valley.

To learn more about how the Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe are getting through the current National crisis, check out the video below.

What has Director Kristin Tieche been up to?

#NTFF2020 Director Kristin Tieche, Literacy for Environmental Justice: Cultivating Youth Leaders in Southeast San Francisco, recently hosted a “Bat Happy Hour” Watch Party on Facebook! She is currently producing and directing a new feature documentary about bats and, with the current situation, realized that a lot of people have questions about coronavirus and bats, so she and her team organized the happy hour.

Despite the limitations in place, Kristin is still going full speed ahead with her documentary production by conducting Zoom interviews with experts. They’ve successfully conducted 3 interviews so far. Her feature documentary “follows conservation scientists as they race against time to protect North America’s bats against the threats of disease, habitat loss and climate change.”

For more information about the progress of her latest project, follow The Invisible Mammal on Facebook for updates on the film. @theinvisiblemammal #WildLensCollective

Thank you to Sponsor Pacific HR, Inc!

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A huge shout out and thank you to our NatureTrack Film Festival sponsor, Pacific HR.

Pacific HR has supported NatureTrack for the past several years with service that goes above and beyond.  THANK YOU!

#pachr #Pacifichr #Pacificpayrollpartners #PEO #ProfessionalEmployerOrganization #Yourhrpartner #Payroll #HR #workerscomp #Employeebenefits #Womanowned

iFixit introduces the World’s Largest Free Medical Repair Database

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iFixit, a legacy Sponsor of the NatureTrack Film Festival, just announced an extensive and unique online resource they’ve recently created…the world’s most comprehensive medical equipment service database. This will make an immediate difference for hospitals and clinics around the world – and they are offering it for free.

Kyle Wiens, a founder of iFixit, relates…

“Hospitals are having trouble getting service information to fix medical equipment—and it’s not just a COVID-19 problem. We’ve heard countless stories from biomedical technicians (biomeds, for short) about how medical device manufacturers make their jobs more difficult by restricting access to repair information.

Thanks to travel limitations, the problem is bigger than ever. Manufacturer service reps can’t keep pace with the growing demand for repair of critical hospital equipment. Even if they could, they can’t respond as quickly as the biomeds, already at the front lines. Unfortunately, biomeds spend innumerable hours scouring the internet, searching for crucial repair information they need to make a fix or perform preventative maintenance. This is not a good way to run a health system!

So we’re fixing it. For the last two months, iFixit has pivoted half of its staff toward building the world’s most comprehensive medical equipment service database. It’s a central, multi-manufacturer library of user manuals and repair documentation for thousands of devices. We just posted more than 13,000 manuals from hundreds of manufacturers, online and available for use immediately. You can find them in our Medical Device category.”

Read the full press release here!

@ifixit  #ifixit #righttorepair #fixathome


M. Special delivering curbside!

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How much do we love our sponsor partner M.Special Brewing Company? Let us count the “ways” shown in the photos! As an “early adopter” of the NatureTrack Film Festival, M.Special has been our “go to” legacy supporter. We love these guys, and their brews! Get yours to go curbside 12 – 6pm daily, or pre-order for delivery at Mspecialbrewco.com

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Hitching Post has take-out!


We love our sponsor partners, especially “delicious” ones like @hitchingpost2 who “hitched” their wagon to ours the very first year of the NTFF. Be sure to get your orders in for their fabulous #takeout. #Hp2 has teamed up with @losalamosdelivers for deliveries outside of the SYV, including Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito, and even “big LA!” Please visit HP2BBQ.com for easy online ordering and enjoy! #hitchingpost2 #curbsidepickup #takeout #steaks #burgers #wine #cocktails

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Noozhawk Supporting the Community!

In addition to being a long-time sponsor of the NatureTrack Film Festival, Noozhawk has launched two efforts to support the community: “Open For Business Restaurant Directory” and “Celebrate the Class of 2020” sections. Both sections are completely FREE to add a listing to!


Noozhawk put together their “Open for Business Directory” as a resource for our community to reference and see what restaurants are still open and operating during this time. Whether they are offering delivery, curb-side pick-up, and to-go orders. All local restaurants ca submit their listing free and local residents can use this to support the restaurants in our community.


Noozhawk’s “Celebrate the Class of 2020” section is to honor the graduating seniors who unfortunately do not get to have a regular graduation to celebrate their accomplishments throughout their high school career. All parents and students can submit the name, photo, and celebratory message to their graduating senior completely free.


NatureTrack Film Festival Postponed

After careful consideration and consultation with multiple stakeholders, the NatureTrack Film Festival (NTFF) has made the difficult decision to postpone our March 20-22, 2020 event to October 9-11, 2020. Our primary concern is the health, safety and welfare of our guests, filmmakers and volunteers. Recent federal, state and county public health advisories have stressed the critical importance of avoiding crowd contact (“social distancing”) during the global Covid-19 crisis. We take these advisories very seriously and want to do our part to reduce risk for all parties connected with the NatureTrack Film Festival. We greatly regret any inconvenience and disappointment this causes for everyone who was looking forward to joining us in Los Olivos just eight days from now. This was a very hard call and we did not make it lightly.

We are greatly looking forward to our rescheduled dates in October when we will proceed with the same incredible slate of films we had cued up for this month. We invite you to continue to follow the NTFF on social media and check our website for updates.

We thank our amazing filmmakers from around the world for their patience and understanding as we shift our focus to October, and we look forward to welcoming them back in the Fall.

All passes and tickets currently held by patrons will be honored at the rescheduled October 9-11, 2020 NatureTrack Film Festival.

We wish everyone a safe passage through this uncertain time as we all do our part to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities healthy and safe. We at NatureTrack believe one of the very best ways to relieve stress, and practice self-care, is to get outdoors for a quiet and rejuvenating walk in the restorative beauty of nature.

We thank you for your continued support, and we will see you in October for a wonderful weekend of “igniting passion for nature through film.”

Sue Eisaguirre 
Founder-Director KC Murphy Thompson 
Co-Director Holly Cline 

Welcome Attending Filmmakers & Representatives

Preston Maag Preston Maag
Director Preston Maag, 10 Miles Out
Student Category
Growing up, one of my favorite hobbies was going camping. Many weekends were spent huddled around a campfire sharing stories and eating good food with family and friends. As I got older, these weekends began getting replaced as schedules filled with separate interests. It was not until earlier this year when I discovered the world of backpacking. My friend took me on a brief overnight trip into the Los Padres National Forest and I was immediately hooked. Coming from a camping background wherein my supplies came from the bed of my car, Backpacking kept all the gear on my back. As an avid hiker, this gave me the option of hiking to beautiful places and rather than hiking back, being able to setup camp where nobody else was. After my first trip, I felt inclined to share my experience with people in the form of a film. “10 Miles Out” is an experiential documentary meant to provide general knowledge on backpacking as well as inspire people to get outside and enjoy what is available to them on a daily basis. Isaac Hernandez Isaac Hernandez
Director Isaac Hernández, Better Together
Producer Nancy Black
Conservation Category
This film started as a love letter to Santa Barbara, the community that adopted me. It soon became a personal journey in search of hope in humanity. What I learned along the way made me realize that I have no right to be hopeless, only to continue fighting for a better world, the way the people in the film have for generations. Kellen Keene Kellen Keene
Director Kellen Keene, By Hand
Principals Casey & Ryan Higgenbotham
Composer Todd Hannigan
Outdoors & Out of Bounds Category
I approach every project with an attitude that the story comes first. All it took to spark my interest was hearing the words come out of their mouths. “We’re going to paddle self contained and unassisted from Alaska to Mexico, all by hand”.
This was an unheard of commitment, one that had never been done and I think that’s one unique story for 2019. The motive back in 2015 was to simply follow the progression of these two unsponsored twin brothers during a journey funded by themselves which Jimmy Chin would later call “one of the most difficult trips of any kind” . More importantly the film accounts an adventure and right of passage set in the natural world that would change Ryan and Casey Higginbotham’s lives forever. Jeff McLoughlin Jeff McLoughlin
Director Jeff McLoughlin, Carrizo Plain-A Sense of Place
Principals Chris Chapman and John Iwerks
Director of Photography Elliot Lowndes
Scenery Category
Carrizo Plain – A Sense of Place is a cinematic journey into a remarkable remnant of early California — the Carrizo Plain National Monument. The film is a companion piece to an exhibition at the Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, “Celebrating the National Lands of California”.

The film profiles the work and words of three artists with decades-long experience in interpreting the sublime beauty of the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Located at the eastern edge of San Luis Obispo County in Central California, the Carrizo is the state’s last remaining remnant grassland. It provides a window into early California as it would have appeared prior to the gold rush.

Every person has a unique way of seeing a place as well as interpreting its value on a human level. The intellectual concept of what makes a landscape unique as well as the emotional connection that a special place holds for them reflect in ways that are profound to each individual. Combined, this constitutes their personal “Sense of Place”.

Subjects of a film like this one are all multifaceted characters with busy creative lives of their own. The artists were lending time and energy to a documentary film production with faith that the story I planned to tell would be worthy and reflective of who they are and the love they share for the Carrizo. For me as a producer, the job is to coax out authentic reflections of the plain that reveals the artist’s level of passion and enhances the viewer’s understanding. Each artist had his or her own story and expertise, much of which was unknown to me at the inception of filming. Such is the wonderful onion that is documentary filmmaking.

Yeliz Motro Yeliz Motro
Director Yeliz Motro, Escape
Producer Catherine Nelson
Student Category
Yeliz Motro is an animator, originally from Istanbul, Turkey. Graduated from SCAD Atlanta, she is an avid traveller, with her art frequently taking inspiration from concepts of childish curiosity and adventurous wonder. John M. Mastriano John M. Mastriano
Director John M. Mastriano, Guidance
Kids Connecting with Nature Category
I wanted to use my own personal experience to inspire people to find inspiration and fulfillment in the wake of great loss. Chris Smead Chris Smead Gordon Gurley Gordon Gurley
Directors Chris Smead and Gordon Gurley, Highline
Adventure Category
Chris, along with co-director Gordon “Gordy” Gurley spent 10 days on the trail following 5 long distance hikers and capturing their experience.  He and Gordy then spent an additional 20 days shooting interviews and B-roll to help convey the history of both the characters and the trail itself. 15 months of editing and animating then followed before the final film was completed. 

Gordy has over 20 years of experience as a cinematographer, as well as decades of music recording experience.

He was instrumental in capturing footage both on and off the trail, as well as mixing the film score composed by Tiny Lunatic.   He’s also acting as a vital second set of eyes and consultant during the editing phase to ensure quality is high and the story is told in a way that is cohesive and engaging.

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Representative Tom Collinson, Kokoly
Biography Category
Blue Ventures is a British marine conservation NGO, dedicated to rebuilding tropical fisheries with coastal communities. Kokoly offers an insight into the life of an incredible woman.
Against a backdrop of extreme poverty, personal loss and a marine environment changing beyond her control, Kokoly lives on a knife edge. Kokoly follows a traditional Vezo fisherwoman Madame Kokoly – as she reflects on her life experiences and carries out her daily routine in and around the coastal waters of southwest Madagascar. This film features female-only voices from one of Africa’s most remote regions. Kristin Tieche Kristin Tieche
Director Kristin Tieche, Literacy for Environmental Justice: Cultivating Youth Leaders in Southeast San Francisco
Kids Connecting with Nature Category


Kristin Tieche is an award-winning filmmaker. Her work has aired on National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel, Science Channel, Al Jazeera America, PBS, CBS–5, Fox Worldwide, Link TV, Fine Living Channel, Food Network and Home and Garden. Kristin tells stories about wildlife, sustainability and climate change.

Kristin’s films provide viewers with immersive and visceral experiences that inspire action and transform minds. She is known internationally for her award-winning films, including “Forms of Identification” (2011), and “The Spinster” (2013 – Jury Prize, Boston Bike Film Festival 2014), “Velo Visionaries” (2015-2017), an award-winning web series about urban cycling, and “The Invisible Mammal” (2016), an award-winning short film series about bats.

Kristin has worked as a producer and editor on feature documentaries that include Sundance Audience Award winning “Fuel” (2008), PBS/Independent Lens film, “Power Paths” (2009), and festival winner, “Love Thy Nature” (2014).

Kristin holds a Master of Arts in Television, Radio and Film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where she received awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in screenwriting and sound design. She also holds a certificate in Sustainability from City College of San Francisco.

Earl Richmond Earl Richmond
Director Earl Richmond, Ocean Stories with Howard & Michele Hall and Our World of Ocean Sharks
Conservation Category
Earl Richmond is an accomplished marine educator and scientific marine video cameraman, producer, and lecturer. Earl combines science and art with humor and stories for a learning experience that is fun and memorable.

Earl’s film credits include National Geographic Television, The Discovery Channel, the BBC, Animal Planet and many others.

Earl has a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography from Humboldt State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Photography from Brooks Institute of Photography. His Lecture tours include marine science conferences and public presentations in Japan, Mexico, South American and to institutions and aquariums across the U.S.

Bobby Jahrig Bobby Jahrig
Director Bobby Jahrig, One. Long. Day.
Outdoors & Out of Bounds Category
The Rut is a race that truly captures Montana, and the Northwestern United State’s mountain running scene. I have participated in the race or filmed at The Rut for the last six years and it’s become a very special event for me. This film is really a culmination of all these years of inspiration and energy I’ve absorbed from being a part of it. Christopher R. Abbey Christopher R. Abbey
Director Christopher R. Abbey, Out There-Cypress Provincial Park
Scenic Category
The power of imagination makes us infinite. – John Muir Nikolaj Leszczynski Nikolaj Leszczynski
Center for Coastal Studies Representative Nikolaj Leszczynski, Spinnaker
Conservation Category
Spinnaker is a short documentary that focuses on the story of the film’s namesake whale, who the CCS tracked from her birth to her death and across three entanglement events. Spinnaker’s life is a rare example where marine biologists were able to see how deeply entanglement can impact the lives of today’s whales. Center for Coastal Studies Mission Statement:
To understand and protect our coastal environment and marine ecosystems

To conduct scientific research with emphasis on marine mammals of the western North Atlantic and on the coastal and marine habitats and resources of the Gulf of Maine;  to promote stewardship of coastal and marine ecosystems; to conduct educational activities and to provide educational resources that encourage the responsible use and conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems; and to collaborate with other institutions and individuals whenever possible to advance the Center’s mission.

Elsa Sinclair Elsa Sinclair
Director Elsa Sinclair, Taming Wild: Pura Vida
Adventure Category
Our journey was to prove that putting emotions in motion smooths the path forward in life… Pure Life… Pura Vida.

Elsa Sinclair is a professional horse trainer and documentary filmmaker who brings to the horse world a unique and powerful perspective. Gathering together knowledge from a variety of equine disciplines Elsa created a brand new style of training she calls Freedom Based Training. Her style is now popular around the world.

Kay Milam Kay Milam
Director Kay Milam, The Butterfly Trees
Scenic Category
Back in 2005, I gathered together some friends at a local Mexican restaurant to talk about my hopes of someday making a documentary about the migration of the eastern monarch butterfly. When I finished my inspired ramblings, someone held up a butterfly decoration and auctioned it for a thousand dollars. And then someone else auctioned an umbrella for another thousand dollars. The gathering was never intended to be a fundraising event, but at the end of the night, the tortilla basket was with filled with donations, and my heart filled with gratitude ~ thus began The Butterfly Trees.

I have now chased butterflies some 50,000 miles or more – making many migrations over the years and going through my own metamorphosis of sorts in the process. A seminal journey and life-changing endeavor entirely inspired by an insect that weighs less than half a gram & has the brain the size of a pinhead.

In filming over an eight-year period, we documented a timely story in the making, and inadvertently became first-hand witnesses to a phenomenon that is now potentially on the brink of disappearing.

Henry Lin Henry Lin
Director Henry Lin, The Hart
Student Category
Growing up surrounded by the rich biodiversity found on the island nation of Taiwan sparked my passion for the natural world. From here, I travelled to South Africa and became the first Taiwanese Field Guide of Southern Africa (FGASA) accredited safari guide. I decided to further develop my understanding of the natural world by obtaining a Masters degree in Zoology from UCL. Now, I wish to combine my passion for wildlife and film and embark on a career in wildlife filmmaking, to introduce audiences to some of the fascinating creatures with which we share this planet.

Through my still and moving images, I wish to use my safari guide training and academic knowledge to introduce my audience to the fascinating characters of the natural world.

Adam Ellenstein & Susan Scarlett Adam Ellenstein & Susan Scarlett
Executive Producer/Principal Susan Scarlett, Victory Swim
Outdoors & Out of Bounds Category
Director Matt Yamashita’s Statement:
This project was brought to me by Susan Scarlett, the primary subject of the documentary. She has family and a second home in Hawaii and we had met a couple of years prior. While the swim took place in Canada, the rest of the content in this documentary was filmed in Molokai, Hawaii and Austin, Texas.

The subject matter of this documentary was outside my normal realm of film making, but the story sucked me in with its universal themes of love, support, positive thinking, and personal transformation. I got to know the people in the story and many of them have since become close friends. They are good people with much to share.

Working on this documentary has changed me not only as a filmmaker, but also as an individual. Adam and Susan’s positive mindset and their motto of “the goal is to feel good” has helped me re-frame my own outlook on life. I know that audiences will be inspired in a similar way. For viewers who are struggling with disabilities and chronic health issues, I hope that this story will be even more meaningful and uplifting.

Darrel Jury Darrel Jury
Producer Darrel Jury, Visions of the Lost Sierra
Conservation Category
Extract Plumas News Interview 11.13.2019:
One year ago, Friends of Plumas Wilderness (FPW) premiered their visually stunning short film “Visions of the Lost Sierra,” an 11-minute tribute to all that makes the Middle Fork of the Feather River worthy of its designation as one of America’s first nationally recognized waterways under the federal 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

…“We’d like to see more wild and scenic rivers protected,” said FPW President Darrel Jury on a recent evening over wine and conversation with other members of the nonprofit organization that promotes environmental stewardship throughout Plumas County.

FPW hopes “Visions,” which was filmed and directed by acclaimed Chico-area cinematographer Matt Ritenour to provide a look into the past, present and future of the Middle Fork, will help to accomplish this goal. The short film was made possible by generous donations from Patagonia, the Little-Kittinger Foundation, Plumas Common Good, Feather River Bread for the Journey and numerous individual donors.

Lydia B. Smith Lydia B. Smith
Director Lydia B. Smith, Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
Adventure Category
Lydia began her documentary career over 27 years ago, and has a long history of
collaboration with the producers on this project. Lydia directed, produced and wrote They’re Just Kids, a 26-minute educational documentary showing how children with disabilities can positively affect our lives: A Legacy Revealed, a 40-minute historical documentary; Infiniti: Behind the Scenes; and a 20-minute biography Bill Lansing: A Tribute. Additionally, she was senior producer on CNN’s Soldiers of Peace: A Children’s Crusade; co-producer and 2nd unit DP on the CNN documentary The Mystery of the Arctic Rose; 2nd unit DP on the PBS show, Stand Up; American producer for Chilean TV’s The Route of the Beringia; DP for Anthony Hopkins Teaches and more. In addition to her producing and directing career, Lydia has worked as a camera assistant and operator commercials, top music videos and on major motion pictures including Ed Wood with Johnny Depp, Dangerous Minds with Michelle Pheiffer and Matilda with Danny DeVito to name just a few. Lydia is the perfect director/producer for Walking the Camino. She lived in Barcelona for
over six years and speaks flawless Spanish, in addition to Italian and Catalan. She is an avid
outdoorswoman and a lover of hiking and nature, as well as a licensed spiritual practitioner
from the Agape International Spiritual Center and from the United Centers for Spiritual
Living. During the spring of 2008, Lydia walked the entire 500 miles of the Camino de
Santiago, and has a deep understanding of the power of the pilgrimage and of the captivating stories waiting to be told. Elizabeth Lewis Elizabeth Lewis
Director Elizabeth Lewis, Waters of March
Animation Category
My films are based on poetry and my interpretations are intensely personal. The imagery varies from close representation of the words to abstract. I am inspired by nature.I live in the woods beside a river and every image in this film is from direct experience. The film is a tribute to my late brother and the journey he took in his last year. Although the images move quickly, the references to illness, life, medicine, hope and ultimately the continuation of life is there. Every word and phrase of this song has meaning in this context. I had heard this music before. It is a classic dating back many decades. It is only when I heard Stacey Kent sing it on the radio that it really moved me. Her version is pure and hopeful. Some of the words in the song are dark and sometimes violent. Mixed in with this is beauty and hope all sung and interpreted with a sense of wonder and truth. Suez Jacobson Suez Jacobson
Director Suez Jacobson, Wild Hope
Conservation Category
Think of your favorite childhood memory. I used to ask my students to do this. Most of them told me stories about playing outside – building a fort, going to the creek with siblings, camping with family. Yes, the balance began to shift a bit in the last few years, but no one ever told me a story about going to the mall. …My favorite childhood memory is of Lake Blanche – a high alpine lake in the Twin Peaks Wilderness just outside of Salt Lake City where I grew up. An oddball, I found deep solace and quiet acceptance into a world of astonishing beauty at Lake Blanche – on protected public lands. After my first hike there, all I wanted to do was back pack. My mother responded, “You can’t back pack alone, too dangerous. You can’t back pack with a girl, too dangerous, and you can’t back pack with a boy …” Dead end… maybe. Finally, she relented, letting me backpack with Todd because his mother sang in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I didn’t tell my mom that Todd’s older brother was the drug dealer at our high school.
A summer of backpacking deepened my tree hugger love.

…A recent peer reviewed study, using 25 years of data, found that ozone levels in Zions and Canyonlands are essentially equivalent to those in 20 large cities including LA. That’s alarming! Wild places cannot be another engine of economic growth. Rather wild places must be the catalyst for change – the catalyst for us to reconnect and reconsider the “more is better” paradigm. Wild places are places of awe. Psychologists are now discovering the power of awe – a positive emotion that leads to “unselfing.” In a world inundated with selfies, unselfing leads us to think of the other, to consider our small place in a huge connected web of life where everything is made up of the same particles, and to exhibit pro-social behavior – behavior that can be the core of solving climate change.

These ideas have driven a five-year journey to make the film, Wild Hope. Finally it’s ready for the world to see and to be challenged to behave in love.

Julian Cisneros Julian Cisneros
Composer Julian Cisneros, Queen without Land
Adventure Category
Julian Cisneros is most known for taking the traditional orchestra and unifying its versatility with arrays of analog synthesis and organic texture created from natural and mechanical sources. The result is a continuously evolving sound that integrates with his various projects.

He has scored music for numerous projects which can be found on his website juliancisneros.com

Special Events for NTFF2020

The 2020 Nature Track Film Festival has Been Postponed.

New Dates are October 9-11, 2020. Read More

The third annual NatureTrack Film Festival is almost here. Special events will be intertwined with the documentary films screenings.  The only nature film festival between San Francisco and Los Angeles takes place Friday through Sunday, October 9 through 11, at various festival venues throughout Los Olivos.  If you love nature, this is the place you’ll want to be, so make plans now for an awesome weekend in the heart of Santa Barbara County’s beautiful horse and wine country.

Friday, October 9

Opening Reception/Introduction to Filmmakers
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Artisan Garden, 2432 Alamo Pintado Ave, Los Olivos

Meet many of the festival filmmakers in a casual setting. Appetizers from  First & Oak, with wine from Coquelicot Estate Wines and beer from M. Special Brewing Company

$25/adult, $15/child (12 and under), free for All-Access Pass holders

Meet the Makers
A Director’s Eye on Local Environmental Concerns – Panel Discussion
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Epiphany Cellars, 2974 Grand Ave, Los Olivos

Epiphany is pleased to welcome NatureTrack Film Festival directors, pass holders, and guests to its tasting room and garden for a panel discussion on why and how directors choose local environmental concerns to focus on. The panel will include director Isaac Hernández Better Together, director Jeff McLoughlin Carrizo Plain – A Sense of Place, and director Kristin Tieche Literacy for Environmental Justice: Cultivating Youth Leaders in Southeast San Francisco. Moderated by director Michael Love, From Golf Course to Wetland (NTFF 2019 winner: Conservation – Short).

Complimentary pours of Epiphany’s Grenache Blanc and Syrah will be provided to all NatureTrack pass holders. Located in the heart of Los Olivos, Epiphany, is a Rhône focused winemaking label from the Fess Parker Family. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020, Epiphany is dedicated to the thrill of discovery, working with the many Rhône varietals Santa Barbara grows so well and some of the finest vineyard sources in the country.


Rios Patagonicos in the Park!
8:00 – 10:00 pm

NTFF Base Camp – Headquarters Tent in Lavinia Campbell Park
2398 Alamo Pintado Ave, Los Olivos

Enjoy Argentinean food, wine, and music compliments of Pumacasu

Carlos and Christine Cerecedo, owners of local business Pumacasu that showcases Custom Artisan Jewelry and Wine Antiques, love Patagonia and they are honored to share the tastes and sounds of Argentina and Chile with NatureTrack Film Festival guests! Carlos grew up in Patagonia and Christine was inspired by Mapuche Indians in Chile to make her jewelry. Come enjoy firsthand stories of fishing the streams and hiking the mountains where Rios Patagonicos was filmed! What a treat to experience the joy of someone sharing their memories of such a special place. Empanadas by Taste of Argentina and Malbec from Mendoza will be served. Live music by Guarani Harpist Ignacio. This is a wonderful way to wrap up our first night.

Free for NTFF attendees

Saturday, October 10

Spotlight Event – Carbon Cowboys Panel Discussion
12:00 pm – 1
:30 pm

St. Mark’s In-the-Valley, Stacy Hall, 2901 Nojoqui Ave, Los Olivos

Guest speakers: Steve Apfelbaum, Founder & Chairman of AES; Larry Kopald, The Carbon Underground Organization, and FaceTime/Skype with Peter Byck, Carbon Cowboys.

Screenings:  Peter Byck’s Carbon Cowboys, Herd Impact and Chris Malloy’s Unbroken Ground.

Light lunch will be served with beer and wine.

$20/adult, $15/child (12 and under), free for All-Access Pass holders

Original Music in Nature Filmmaking – Panel Discussion
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Base Camp in the center of town at Grand & Alamo Pintado Aves., Los Olivos

Music sets the mood and nowhere is that more obvious than when it accompanies a moving image on film. On this panel we will discuss the indispensable role that original music plays in filmmaking; in particular how it enhances nature documentaries and outdoor “adrenaline” films.

Guest panelists: Julian Cisneros, Queen Without Land; Todd Hannigan, By Hand; Chris Smead; Highline. Moderator: KC Murphy Thompson, NTFF co-director. Free

Spotlight Event – Meet the Director, Composer and Cast of By Hand
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

St. Mark’s In-the-Valley, Stacy Hall, 2901 Nojoqui Ave, Los Olivos

Guest speakers: By Hand co-director Kellen Keene, the documentary’s subjects twin brothers Casey and Ryan Higginbotham and the film’s composer, Todd Hannigan.

The evening begins at 5:00 pm with hors d’oeuvres including Full of Life flatbread, wine from Grimms Bluff Winery and beer from M. Special Brewing Company. A screening of By Hand is at 5:45 pm followed by a Q&A with the film’s creators.

$30/adult, $20/child (12 and under), free to All-Access Pass holders

Free Screening – Volkswagen Presents Warren Miller’s Timeless
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Carhartt Tasting Room, 2939 Grand Ave, Los Olivos

Retro Ski Wear Contest/Judging – Grand prize provided by Mountain Air Sports

This film celebrates 70 years of ski cinematography and travel with top athletes across the globe at renowned mountain locations. All attendees are encouraged to wear vintage ski outfits, togs, sweaters, or ski lodge classics that reflect the style on the slopes through the years.  Grand prize for best vintage ski outfit from Mountain Air Sports. Free

Sunday, October 11

Meet the Makers
Using Animation & Music to Convey Your Story
10:15 am -10:45 am

Wildflower Women Boutique, 2920 Grand Ave, Los Olivos

Wildflower Women Boutique is pleased to invite NatureTrack Film Festival directors, pass holders, and guests to enjoy a special visit with filmmaker/animators to discuss how they combine their illustrative skills with music to create powerful animated stories that convey so much meaning. Join owner Amber Lease, as she hosts director Yeliz Motro along with producer Catherine Nelson of Escape, and Elizabeth Lewis of Waters of March, for an interesting chat over mimosas and muffins. More information on each director, their films, and when films are scheduled can be found at www.NatureTrackFilmFestival.org

Located in the heart of Los Olivos, Wildflower Women Boutique is where everyone can expect quality merchandise, the highest level of service, and most importantly, kindness while shopping. Says owner Amber, “Try it on, be playful, take a risk, you might just surprise yourself!” A special discount on merchandise will be available to all NatureTrack pass holders.


Awards Ceremony
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Los Olivos Community Organization Hall (The Grange), 2374 Alamo Pintado Ave, Los Olivos


Closing Reception
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Garden at Global Eye Art Collective, 2935 Grand Ave., Los Olivos

Appetizers, wines from Hitching Post Wines and beer from M. Special Brewing Company

$25/adult, $15/child, free to All Access Pass holders.


8:30 am – 10:30 am Saturday & Sunday

NATURETRACK DOCENT-LED HIKES. Limited to 15 participants each.

Location: Midland Trails (Approximately 10 miles north of Los Olivos; Cross 154, Figueroa Mt. Road, past Midland School, first cattle crossing, parking on right).

Get a feel for the beautiful back country of the Santa Ynez Valley as you traverse Midland School’s private lands. NatureTrack docents will guide you through oak woodlands laden with lichen, along creek courses scoured by winter rains, and introduce you to the first wildflowers of spring while leading you to incredible vistas, all the while touching on the natural and cultural history of the area. Get a glimpse into the hikes NatureTrack underwrites through the school year for schoolchildren to get out and experience nature firsthand.

Free (Please note: Passholders have priority. Must show NTFF pass or ticket stub. Reservations required www.naturetrackfilmfestival.org)

For the entire film, special events and hike schedule, go to www.naturetrackfilmfestival.org. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.  We recommend the All-Access Pass for $200 to get the big picture.

About the NatureTrack Film Festival

NatureTrack Film Festival was founded by Sue Eisaguirre, who conceived the idea for a local nature film festival as an extension of, and fundraiser for, the non-profit NatureTrack Foundation that she started in 2011. NatureTrack introduces schoolchildren to outdoor spaces from the seashore to the inland oak woodlands of Santa Barbara County by providing cost-free outdoor field trips. Utilizing local trails and beaches throughout the county, NatureTrack provides experiences that encourage students to embrace the natural world with respect and wonder, inspiring them to be stewards of our natural resources; and prepares them with leadership skills and habits for lifelong learning. Since 2011, NatureTrack has provided more than 22,000 outdoor experiences for school-aged students. Demand for the curriculum-coordinated program has increased every year with teachers praising the docent-led excursions that align with classroom curriculum. More information about NatureTrack Foundation can be found at www.naturetrack.org.

Visit the NatureTrack Film Festival at:

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Festival Video:    https://vimeo.com/389787683