In addition to the Filmmaker Meet & Greets, Receptions, and Winemaker Dinner,
the NatureTrack Film Festival is proud to present the following special events for our guests to enjoy.
Lavinia Campbell Park, Los Olivos
Corner of Grand and Alamo Pintado
Come meet a falcon and learn about the ancient art of falconry.
St. Mark's in-the-Valley Church, Los Olivos
2901 Nojoqui Ave, Los Olivos
Come learn how drones are being used to create sweeping aerial views of landscapes and natural habitats.
Saturday Panel Discussion
Interacting with Nature while Filming
Included in the Epic Pass • $10 at the door. Limited space.
Join Directors Bobby Jahrig (Shaped by Fire), Linus Herbig-Matten (Naresh Kumar - The Man in Sandals) and Nicholas Triolo, for this informative panel discussion about how to navigate through nature while filming in the wild.
Born and raised in the Rocky Mountains of Western Montana, Bobby is a filmmaker whose muse has been the raw and intense beauty of the world outside the influence of human's hand. He has adventured throughout wild Montana terrain his whole life and specializes in capturing those moments we all love in life and the outdoors. His films include Mountain Miles: Trails to Live By, Montana Rooted: A Fine Line, and more.
Nicholas has had writing, films, and photography featured in Orion Magazine, Terrain.org, Trail Runner Magazine, The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Patagonia's Podcast, The Dirtbag Diaries, and Whitefish Review, Clackamas Review, etc. Currently he is at work on his first book: The Way Around, about pilgrimage, ecology, and revolution.
Linus started his aspiring to be a director at a young and when he worked as a personal assistant for the acclaimed director Tomy Wigand at the age of 12. The short film installations of Marcel Broodthaers inspired him to make his own small art films in nature. Linus was able to write and direct his own short films, of which The Melody of lives Wrong Temptation screened at the FSFF film festival 2014. In 2016, he decided to spend a year in New Zealand to study at South Seas Film School and to use the year for traveling through the country.
Free Nature Hikes
Saturday and Sunday Mornings
NatureTrack will be offering docent led hikes for those wishing to take advantage of the abundant natural beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley for a more immersive outdoor experience. Leaving from the nearby Midland School parking lot, hikers can enjoy walking the entire Lovers Loop trail or a portion of it to view the beautiful landscape and possible wildflower show. As described by the Santa Barbara Trails Council: “Lover’s Loop” is a combination of meandering trail through grass-and-oak-covered hillsides, awesome ridges and grass meadows - all with views of the impressive slopes of Grass Mountain.
Starting point: 6.9 miles from the intersection of Hwy 154 and Figueroa Mtn Rd. to the trailhead parking area, all participants must have good balance and be in good physical condition. Bring water and wear closed-toe shoes.
Must show NTFF pass, punch card, or ticket stub to join in the hike.
Spaces are limited to 15 participants and on a first come / first served basis.
Saturday, March 24 • 8:00 AM
Join docents for a 4-mile loop. Plan 2-3 hours. The hiking is moderate with elevation gains.
Saturday, March 24 • 9:00 AM
Join docents for a shorter, floral, hike. Plan 1 hour. The hiking is moderate with elevation gains.
Sunday, March 25 • 8:00 AM
Join NatureTrack docent and geologist, Susie Bartz, for a hike in Birabent Canyon and discover the geological treasures of this area. Plan 2-3 hours.