Ideas for Funding and Making Your MOTHERLOAD Screening an Inspiring, Community-Building Event

MOTHERLOAD organized a group bike ride to our World Premiere and offered secure bike parking in collaboration with the Marin Bike Coalition. This fall, the town of Fairfax will host an outdoor Bike-In Movie Night on the ball field!

MOTHERLOAD organized a group bike ride to our World Premiere and offered secure bike parking in collaboration with the Marin Bike Coalition. This fall, the town of Fairfax will host an outdoor Bike-In Movie Night on the ball field!

MOTHERLOAD is more than a film, it’s a Movement, and every screening moves us forward!

But where’s the Money?

Screening Hosts can fund their events in various ways:

  • Charge admission. Making it a sliding scale if that feels right.

  • Find 6 bike-loving friends to invest $100 each, rent an outdoor projection system for $300, host a Bike-In Movie night, sell 150 tickets for $6-10 each and make $450 after costs. Make more if you sell popcorn and MOTHERLOAD T-shirts :)!

  • Partner with a local organization on a fundraiser and request donations.

  • Collaborate with your town council or Departments of Recreation or Urban Planning. 

  • Get local bike shop(s), Safe Routes to School, sustainability, women’s rights or family advocacy orgs to get involved.

  • Ask local bike hang-outs (breweries, coffee-shops, etc) if they’d like to host.

  • Invite a local philanthropist to donate the cost of the Screening Package to MOTHERLOAD via our non-profit fiscal sponsor HERE.

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Make your screening a memorable and inspiring event that your community will LOVE: 

  • Organize a bike ride TO the screening! 

  • Offer secure bike parking at the venue.

  • Offer an assortment of cargo bikes outside of theater for people to test ride.

  • Organize a potluck picnic in a nearby park before or after the screening.

  • Lead a Kidical Mass ride that ends at the screening.

  • Celebrate by riding to a local brewery after the screening! 

  • Set up a table for local bike advocacy groups to display information.

  • Sell popcorn and MOTHERLOAD T-shirts, stickers, & posters :)!

  • Use our Moderator’s Discussion Guide to lead a lively post-screening discussion of the themes in MOTHERLOAD.

  • Invite members of the MOTHERLOAD team to your event by emailing them at info@motherloadmovie.com

  • CONTACT US at info@motherloadmovie.com if you have questions or need help figuring out how to make your screening happen! Please let us know about your plans and send pics when it’s over :).

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MOTHERLOAD EXTRAS 1-3 and Fundraising Victory

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Racing to get the film ready to screen at film festivals at the National Bike Summit in early 2019, we found ourselves in need of more funds! Luckily From the Heart Productions took us on as a fiscally sponsored project, allowing us to offer donors a tax-deduction. I launched a crowdfunding campaign HERE and soon received a challenge from an anonymous donor: he/she would contribute $1000 IF we could raise that much more before 2018 ended.

In order to motivate potential backers I promised to publish one MOTHERLOAD “EXTRA” (an awesome but deleted scene from the film) on each of the final days of 2019. You can watch all three HERE.

It was exhausting but very satisfying to see how well these scenes played as individual pieces, and, it worked! We exceeded the matching challenge and finished out 2019 having raised $8,050!

I will spend the next month in color correction, sound mix and licensing, all the while hoping for good news from festivals.

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR WONDERFUL DONORS!!

Peddle Powered Food Drive in Fairfax, CA--Saturday, December 3, 2016

For our second Kidical Mass in Fairfax, CA: we are partnering with Sustainable Fairfax and Reducex2 to organize a Food Drive on Bikes! Yes, we need those awesome and powerful cargo bikes. 

The plan is to bring non-perishables and pick up donated food to "feed" the giant Turkey sponsored by the Food Bank at Town Center, Corte Madera. We will also be documenting this event for both MOTHERLOAD, and for a national television spot to promote giving and making healthy choices for our bodies and our environment. (We will have releases to sign at the event). We hope you can join us!!

Details here: 

DATE: Saturday, December 3, 2016

MEETING PLACE: Fairfax Market, 2040 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930

MEETING TIME: 11:00am (Load up bikes with donated items)

RIDE TO: Good Earth to load up more donated items

RIDE TO: Town Center Corte Madera (Arrival Time: 12:45) 

BRING: Any canned/non-perishables you would like to donate, and leave some room to load up donated items from Good Earth and Fairfax Market

DEPART FROM TOWN CENTER: 1:50pm

ARRIVE BACK IN FAIRFAX: 3:00pm