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The NatureTrack Film Festival is excited to welcome John M. Mastriano to the 2020 Festival in Los Olivos, March 20-22. Inspired by the stories told to him about his father’s life, this film demonstrates the connection that can be made through the power of nature.

John Mastriano

A poignant story, Guidance, tells a first person account of connection. Says director John, “John Thomas Mastriano lost his hard-fought battle with cancer on October 25, 1989, at the age of 31. John was my dad. I was too young to remember much about him, but I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by many people who knew him well and enjoyed telling stories about him. Fathers can guide you through life in all sorts of ways. This is a story about me and my father’s shared passion for nature, wildlife and exploration and how learning about him guided me to that passion. I wanted to use my own personal experience to inspire people to find inspiration and fulfillment in the wake of great loss.”

John’s story exemplifies how children can connect with nature, even when that guiding hand is felt through the stories left behind by those who knew a father would have wanted to share his passion with his child.

Director Biography:

Director, DP, and filmmaker. Born on Long Island, NY in 1986. Developed a passion for nonfiction storytelling while attending The State University of New York at Oswego in the mid-2000s. Possesses tremendous appreciation for wildlife and the natural world.



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