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Natural history film festival returns to Santa Barbara County

A film festival of natural history documentaries returns to Santa Barbara County this weekend
Discover Wonder: The Octopus Garden
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 in 2022, 2023 and 2024.

Since joining the station she's won 10 Golden Mike Awards, 6 Los Angeles Press Club Awards, 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Writing.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for eleven years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.