Director: Liz Canning

87 min, USA, 2019

Language: English

MOTHERLOAD captures a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of modern life, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote.

Filmmaker Liz Canning cycled everywhere until she had twins in 2008. Motherhood was challenging, but to Liz hauling babies via car felt stifling. She Googled “family bike” and uncovered a global movement of people replacing cars with cargo bikes: long-frame bicycles designed for carrying heavy loads. Liz set out to learn more, and MOTHERLOAD was born.


December 17, 2020, 8:00 PM

Q&A with Liz Canning, MOTHERLOAD Director/Producer/Editor/Writer/Camera/Animator

Liz’s film work has screened internationally, winning awards including a Sundance Special Jury Prize (American Blackout – editor/producer). She is a Brown University grad, lifelong bike commuter and former racer. Liz has run a film festival, pedaled 200 mountainous miles in a day, and birthed 7-pound twins.