NatureTrack’s Own Documentary Debuts on “The Accessible Outdoors”

Staff Report

The Fourth Annual NatureTrack Film Festival will have a dozen wonderful premieres to see at the in person live pop-up on Saturday, Oct. 16 and in the virtual program that runs for two weeks Oct 17 – 31. 

The USA premieres include “Island of the Hippos,” “OPI,” “Seaturtle Watcher,” “Ingenuos,” “The Ants,” “The Accessible Outdoors,” and “Jurria – The Guardians of the Poles.”  NTFF has “Korovadu,” “Sebastian and Max’s Grand Canyon Adventure,” “ A Flyfishing Refugee,” “An Alaskan Fight,” (the previous two by the same filmmaker Brian Kelley who is based in Portland), and “Images of Guanwu” rounding out the California premieres.  All these films will be screened in Stacy Hall, at St. Mark’s in the Valley, 2901 Nojoqui Avenue in Los Olivos from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Film Guide Here

Get your tickets now for the in-person festival because, of special note, the newly added venue the Cindy Bronfman Leadership Center on the campus at Dunn School, is where NTFF has set an additional screening of the BBC’s fantastic “Antarctica.” from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16.

They cannot show it virtually and wanted to give everyone a chance to see this important film about the Antarctic, only discovered 200 years ago. Find out why saving the coldest, darkest place on earth is really important for our planet’s future. The food chain is in full view here, from plankton to whales. A total WOW of a film with those incredible up-close and personal shots of wildlife the BBC filmmakers are always able to capture.

Stick around for the credits, you’ll witness some filmmakers in the tight spots.  This screening will be shown with “Korovadu,” filmmakers take you to Patagonia’s unpredictable terrain and explores our fragile relationship with nature.  “Light of the Night,” from Slovakia, is about the importance of dark skies.

Director Matej Pok in his director’s statement expounded on how the light at night negatively affects the lives of plants and animals and astronomers but also each of us, although we are not yet aware of it. NTFF invited members of  WeWatch to this screening. After the film, they’ll discuss how they’ve made a difference for the exquisite dark skies, here in SYV.  Free parking on Dunn campus, adjacent to the student center. Signs will lead you to the building from Hwy 154.  

Tickets are on sale NOW HERE. If you can’t make the in-person screenings, they’ve got you covered.  Enjoy ALL of the films virtually in the convenience of your own home from Sunday, Oct. 17 to 31 go to    

Live & Online $100; Online Pass only $75.   

At NatureTrack our mission is to inspire students to embrace our natural world with respect and wonder, encouraging them to be stewards of our natural resources; and to prepare school-aged students with the attitudes, leadership skills and habits for lifelong learning. The NatureTrack Film Festival expands upon our core mission by “igniting passion for nature through film.” NatureTrack invites filmmakers from around the world to share their adventures, stories, and documentaries with enthusiastic audiences. Located in Los Olivos, in the heart of Santa Barbara County we invite you to discover a film festival supporting the next generation of environmental stewards.

NatureTrack is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides cost-free outdoor field trips for Santa Barbara County school-aged children, utilizing local trails and beaches throughout the county. Funds raised in the film festival support the year-round expenses for NatureTrack.