Searching for freedom and connection in a gas-powered, digital and divided world.
MOTHERLOAD is a crowdsourced documentary about a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of the digital age, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote.
Filmmaker Liz Canning cycled everywhere until she had twins in 2008. Hauling babies via car was not only unsustainable but took the freedom and adventure out of life, and Liz felt trapped. She Googled “family bike” and uncovered a global movement of people replacing cars with cargo bikes: long-frame bicycles designed for carrying passengers and heavy loads. Liz set out to learn more, and MOTHERLOAD was born.
Following a raucous standing ovation for a MOTHERLOAD preview at the League of American Bicyclists’ National Summit, the film made its official world premiere May 4th 2019! Find our evolving film festival schedule HERE. The MOTHERLOAD Community Screening Tour begins June 21, 2019. Join the movement and purchase a community screening package here!
SOME EARLY REVIEWS:
MOTHERLOAD took me quite by surprise with the depth in the film in terms of the history, women, and bikes. I truly had tears in my eyes throughout — tears of happiness, anger, frustration, love, and pure joy!
— Joni Cooper, Director of Programming, DOCLANDS Film Festival
I, too, cried at your showing tonight. Like you, the bike changed my life, causing me to work within the system to support human scale places. Lately, I’ve become a bit jaded and lost the fire. Your film helped me remember and made me excited… Thank you for that amazing gift.
— Ken Rose, Senior Policy Advisor, CDC Physical Activity & Health Program
It's amazing and is going to help save the world (not hyperbole)… The film is a true personal journey that carefully considers every question a viewer might generate. It's also an important call to action.
— Brent Patterson, Professor of Digital Media