Founder/Executive Director of NatureTrack Foundation
Sue is the Founder/Director of NatureTrack, an outdoor education 501C3 foundation providing standards-based field trips in the nature world to inspire school-aged children to embrace our natural world with respect and wonderment. The NatureTrack Film Festival is an extension of the organization’s mission and seeks to ignite passion for nature through film; encouraging all generations to be stewards of and appreciate our natural resources.
Gareth Kelly is an award winning filmmaker living in Goleta, California. Originally from the UK Kelly spent a decade in the construction industry before founding Bowline Films and pursuing his passion for filmmaking. As the Managing Director for the 6th NatureTrack Film Festival, Kelly is excited to build on the success of last year’s festival, the first in Goleta, and deliver a world-class event for the community, our partners and supporters.
Mitchka is a filmmaker living in Los Angeles after graduating from UC Santa Barbara in 2020. She is the co-founder for a production company and has produced several short narrative and documentary films. Having experienced attending other festivals with her films, Mitchka is excited to create an amazing festival experience for filmmakers and attendees alike.
Francisco Lopez is a filmmaker and editor who graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Film + Media Studies. He is also a writer/director for various short narrative and documentary films. Francisco loves to incorporate under-explored natural areas in his films, and is very excited to join the NTFF team to bring his passion for the outdoors to this role.