ITA-Awakening, Embassy of Canada in Washington DC, , Cory Trepanier©2017

The NatureTrack Film Festival is proud to welcome filmmaker and famed Canadian painter Cory Trépanier as our 2019 Spotlight Dinner special guest presenter

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

$75/person • Epic Pass includes Spotlight Dinner
Limited seating – Reserve Your Tickets HERE

Reservations required by March 15, 2019

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.

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