In addition to the Nature Hikes, Panel Discussions, and Receptions,
the 2019 Film Festival will include the Spotlight Dinner featuring artist and filmmaker Cory Trépanier!

Spotlight Dinner

ITA-Awakening, Portrait,JeffTopham©2015
Join filmmaker and famed Canadian painter Cory Trépanier at our 2019 Spotlight Dinner.

Saturday, March 23 • 5:30pm
3569 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez

$75/person • Reservations required by Mar. 15
Limited seating - Reserve Your Tickets HERE
Epic Pass includes Spotlight Dinner

Don’t miss this opportunity to dine with fellow NTFF patrons and visiting filmmakers as we present a must-attend Spotlight Dinner event featuring famed Canadian painter Cory Trépanier, director of Into the Arctic: Awakening. Cory will be talking about his multiple plein-air painting trips “into the Arctic” to capture the icy grandeur of Canada’s farthest northern reaches.

In 2001, Trépanier began filming his artistic expeditions, leading to four televised documentaries: A Painter’s Odyssey, Into the Arctic: An Artist's Journey to the North, Into the Arctic II (nominated for a Canadian Screen Award) and True Wild: Kluane. His fifth film, Into the Arctic: Awakening, had its first pre-release screening in Monaco before Prince Albert II. Cory’s films are broadcast in Canada and internationally.

In January of 2017, Trépanier’s INTO THE ARCTIC Exhibition— an unprecedented collection of 60 canvases and his Into the Arctic films — began touring for four years, with 11 museums on the itinerary to date. Created from over a decade of painting and exploring the Canadian North, it premiered at the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. Highlighting the collection is the 15-foot-wide Great Glacier, quite possibly the largest Arctic landscape painting in Canada’s history.

Trépanier has been featured in media around the globe, and his documentaries broadcast internationally, sharing his passion for the wild places that he explores and paints. Through his unique vision, expressed through art, films, public speaking and online media, Cory inspires others with our planet’s natural wonders.

Canadian Geographic named Trépanier one of Canada’s Top 100 Living Explorers. He is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a member of The Explorers Club, receiving the Canadian Chapter’s highest award, the Stefansson Medal. He has also been honored as a National Champion of the Great Trans Canada Trail. We are thrilled to have this adventurer, artist and filmmaker with us to share the amazing process he undertakes each time he alights for the northern lights with canvas and paintbrush in hand.

Making this evening even more memorable will be the cuisine creations of award-winning chef Budi Kazali of The Gathering Table at The Ballard Inn. Chef Kazali spent ten years refining his renowned skills, working in restaurants in San Francisco and Boston, including the famous Campton Place and the award-winning Blue Ginger. Budi, and his wife Chris, then purchased The Ballard Inn in 2004 where he has garnered many accolades, including winning Central Coast magazine’s Ultimate Chef competition in 2009. The Ballard Inn was named the best restaurant in Santa Barbara County by the review guide Zagat, which praised Chef Kazali for his “sophisticated Asian-inflected New French fare crafted from fresh ingredients.” This is a meal you want to eat! Don’t miss it!

The NatureTrack Film Festival would also like to offer our profound thanks to El Rancho Marketplace for the generous donation of food and Hitching Post Wines for the generous donation of fine wine for this very special Spotlight Dinner pairing the artistic talents of Cory Trépanier with the sublime cuisine of Chef Budi Kazali.

Special thanks also to Mia and Kevin Murphy of Dennee’s for the generous use of their gorgeous venue.

Nature Hikes & More

Experience nature in the mountains above Los Olivos with 2 docent-led hikes .

Saturday, March 23 • 8:30am
Sunday, March 24 • 8:30am

Free (Limited to 15 participants)
First come/First served
Must show NTFF pass or ticket stub

Join NatureTrack docents and NatureTrack docent-geologist, Susie Bartz, for a hike in Birabent Canyon to discover the geological treasures of this area along with the wildflowers blanketing the hills. Plan 2-3 hours.


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.

Children of Sawre Muybu village, a Munduruku indigenous community on the Tapajos River, Para, Brazil.

Panel Discussion
Young and Emerging Filmmakers

Saturday, March 23 • 12:30-1:00pm
Global Eye Art Collective Patio
2935 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos

Panelists: UCSB Film Professor Chris Jenkins, Director Andrew Schoneberger, Director Chris Smead, and John Seigel Boettner.

Freestyle Football

"Natural Flow" - Boston Jade Fitzpatrick

Saturday, March 23 • 12:00-12:30pm
Lavinia Campbell Park
Intersection of Grand and Alamo Pintado

Following the screening of his film, watch filmmaker Boston Jade Fitzpatrick, Panna and Street Soccer champion, demonstrate the art of his "natural flow" in Freestyle Football.

Panel Discussion:
The Role of Filmmaking in Land Preservation

From Golf Course to Wetland

Sunday, March 24 • 10:45-11:15am
Global Eye Art Collective Patio
2935 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos

Panelists: Director Michael Love, Director Matthew Testa, and others. Nibbles provided by Global Gardens.

Infrared Camera Technology


Sunday, March 24 • 12:45pm
NTFF Tent - Lavinia Campbell Park
Corner of Grand and Alamo Pintado

Infrared camera footage frequently appears in films about poaching and fire. Join FLIR thermal imaging camera specialist, Sam Thompson, as he demonstrates this versatile technology and gives you a chance to handle and experience infrared cameras.


Celebrate at our catered receptions as we open the festival and close with awards and recognition of our filmmakers.

Friday, March 22 • 4:00-6:00pm
St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Church Courtyard
2901 Nojoqui Avenue, Los Olivos

$20 (space limited)

Enjoy live music by O.n.E, tasty bites provided by Full of Life Flatbread and Pegilicious. Wine, beer, and hard lemonade provided by Hitching Post Wines, M. Special Brewing Co., and Los Olivos Lemons.


Sunday, March 24 • 4:00-5:30pm
Sides - A Brothers Restaurant
2375 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos

$20 (space limited)

Celebrate our winning filmmakers and a successful weekend with tasty bites and cash bar provided by Sides. Wine and beer provided by Hitching Post Wines and M. Special Brewing Co. Filmmaker.