ITA-Awakening, Painting, Thomsen River, Aulavik National Park, Cory Trepanier©2015

NatureTrack Film Festival Pre-Screening: Into the Arctic: Awakening
at the Wildling Art Museum of Art & Nature

Saturday, March 2  •  3:00–4:30
General Admission: $10; WAM Members: $5
1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang

Space is limited. Tickets may be purchased online, at the Wildling Art Museum, or by calling 805-686-8315. Walk-ins on the day of the screening are welcome, but are not guaranteed a seat.

On March 2 the NatureTrack Film Festival will partner with the Wildling Art Museum to present a special pre-screening of an “official selection” for the 2019 NTFF Festival, Into the Arctic: Awakening by director Cory Trépanier, a landscape painter, filmmaker, and explorer based in Ontario, Canada. Cory’s fine art career spans two decades and has always been intertwined with his passion for the outdoors.

The NatureTrack Film Festival is excited to have Cory as its Saturday Spotlight Dinner speaker during the March 22-24 event. This partnership with the Wildling Art Museum is the perfect opportunity to introduce this extraordinary artist to the Valley, ahead of his visit during NTFF.

Cory Trépanier’s film, Into the Arctic: Awakening, focuses on the untamed beauty and lure of the North, which has drawn him to paint the Canadian Arctic for over a decade. In the film, Cory is preparing for a touring exhibition to premiere in Washington, D.C. by heading back on his last expedition to complete his vision. It is the fifth in a series of painting expeditions.


Pre-Screening: The High Sierra Trail at the REI Oxnard

Wednesday, March 6  •  6:30–8:00
2700 Seaglass Way, Oxnard (Directions)

Space is limited. Register Here

Join REI Oxnard, March 6, as they highlight an exclusive documentary planned for this year’s film line-up: The High Sierra Trail with producer Chris Smead on hand to discuss his film. Light refreshments include M. Special Brewing Co. and NTFF wine (all attendees must be 21+ and older). Also, register to win some NatureTrack Film Festival tickets, swag, and more. Discount tickets to NTFF will also be offered.

This exciting documentary bounces back and forth between the modern experience of hiking the High Sierra Trail, and the early 1900s when the trail was created.  Join Chris as he drives his friend, John, to insanity over 6 days in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Together they have some close calls with lightning, climb the highest mountain in the continental US, and discover the history of the trail brought to life via 3d animations created from historic photos.

The High Sierra Trail is the lesser known little brother to the John Muir Trail. The 72-mile trail starts in Crescent meadow on the western side of the Sierra Nevada, and ends on top of Mt Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states.

The trail takes most people about a week to complete and is a great alternative for anyone struggling to find 3 weeks to do the full John Muir Trail. The film is narrated by William C. Tweed, a 30-year national park service veteran.  He eloquently shares the hidden stories of the trail. From the man who envisioned it’s creation, to the reason behind the summit hut on Mt Whitney, and the story of the Kaweah cult colony. There’s much more to the trail than meets the eye.

About NatureTrack Film Festival

The NatureTrack Film Festival (NTFF), the only nature-focused film festival between LA and San Francisco, kicks off on Friday, March 22 with an opening reception prior to screenings that evening. A full slate of films will be offered on Saturday, and the festival will conclude on Sunday, with a half-day of programming and a closing reception. Films will screen at three venues in Los Olivos: the Santa Ynez Valley Grange, the Gates Foss Community Center at Los Olivos School, and St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Church. Filmmaker panels and Q&As are all in the mix for the second NatureTrack Film Festival, along with special bonus and repeat screenings of select films. NatureTrack will also offer 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. Passes to the 2019 NatureTrack Film Festival may be purchased at

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