This past March, the NatureTrack Film Festival debuted in Los Olivos, CA, to rave reviews. During the 3-day event captivating films took audiences on adventures, introduced them to exciting, positive work being done in conservation, tantalized with films that offered beautiful wilderness areas, and got hearts racing watching top athletes test their skills in often harsh environments.

This coming March 22-24, 2019…

NTFF is proud to have some of the audience’s favorite filmmakers returning with their latest films: Oliver Goetzl, Michael Love, Matthias Mayr, Warren Miller Films, Hendrik S. Schmitt, and Chris Smead.

Below are a couple sneak peeks from returning filmmakers. January 1, 2019, visit to see the line-up of films planned for March 22-24, 2019.

Oliver Goetzl: White Wolves – Ghosts of the Arctic

If you fell in love with Oliver Goetzl’s America’s National Parks -Yellowstone, you won’t want to miss this story about one of the most intriguing creatures in the far north. Relating that they filmed “the most intense film we’ve ever, ever made”, the award-winning White Wolves – Ghosts of the Arctic is visually stunning and poignant in its honest betrayal of an often, brutal habitat. Goetzl goes on to say his film, “…is the first full-length Natural History documentary on arctic wolves, which shows in detail their astonishing cooperation and dedication to raise their pups in this hard, arctic environment on Ellesmere Island. It was important to me to show the full behavior of wolves out there – also some hard to watch sequences – not to shock and disturb, but to get a clear and true picture of the hardships wolves have to face up in the North and through this, I hope our film will be able to create respect and admiration for those wolves and wolves in general.” 

Matthias Mayr: No Man’s Land – Expedition Antarctica

Another favorite was Matthias Mayr’s The White Maze. In his latest film No Man’s Land – Expedition Antarctica, Mayr, along with fellow freeskier and adventurer Matthias Haunholder, travel to Antarctica to ski down mountains that have never been attempted before. Together with cinematographer Johannes Aitzetmüller, the unsupported trio arrive at Antarctica and each haul a 90kg sled, more than 150km by hiking and using kites, to find the “holy grail” of freeriding. According to The Kite Mag, “…it is probably the most dramatic and awe-inspiring snowkite footage we have ever come across. Seriously.” NTFF agrees. This is one of the films that audiences should put on their “must-watch” list!

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On March 22-24, 2019 we invite everyone to enjoy a Film Festival which supports the next generation of empowered nature lovers!

A festival with a cause…

Sue Eisaguirre founded NatureTrack to introduce school children 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 instills students with leadership skills, attitudes and habits for lifelong learning, inspiring them to be respectful stewards of the natural world. Since 2011, over 18,000 students have had the opportunity to experience a NatureTrack field trip. Demand for the curriculum coordinated program has increased every year with teachers praising the docent-led excursions that align with classroom instruction.

Sue was inspired to bring her outdoor vision indoors and onscreen at the NatureTrack Film Festival so more people could enjoy and appreciate what her docents and students practice and experience in their outdoor “classrooms.”

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