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Natural history film festival returns to Santa Barbara County

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Discover Wonder: The Octopus Garden
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A film festival of natural history documentaries returns to Santa Barbara County this weekend

Festival back after being disrupted by pandemic.

After an absence last year because of the pandemic, the NatureTrack Film festival returns to the Santa Ynez valley on Saturday.

John Dutton wrote, directed and edited Discover Wonder, The Octopus Garden - one of the nature documentaries – playing at the festival.

"This particular film takes place at incredible depths, two miles below the ocean, " he told KCLU.

"Incredible pressure. There's no light, it's almost freezing and yet there are animals down there that function.

"They function is a very other worldly way," explained Dutton.

"I think here's always been a fascination with octopus and the general public because they are highly intelligent and highly adaptable," he said.

Details of films playing at the festival can be found here.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award this year, and also won two further first place awards, for Lifestyle Feature and Personality Profile/Interview. Last year, Caroline won first place for Use Of Sound. She also won two Golden Mike Awards this year, for Best News Reporting and Best Entertainment Reporting, as well as a National Arts & Entertainment Award from LA Press Club for One-on-One interview. Caroline started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and she was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and is both an American and British citizen. Caroline lives in Agoura Hills with her daughter - her proudest production.