As part of its ongoing effort to bring Montana (and worldwide) audiences film programming year-round during the pandemic, MINT has launched enivonMINT, a micro-film festival for Montana, with its first-ever presentation, Motherload.
Motherload is a crowd-sourced documentary in which the cargo bicycle becomes a vehicle for exploring motherhood in this digital age of climate change. The film follows director and new mother Liz Canning on her quest to understand the increasing tension between modern life and our hunter-gatherer DNA, and how cargo bikes offer a solution.
As Liz meets the people behind this push to replace cars with purpose-built bikes, she learns about the history and potential future of the bicycle as the “ultimate social revolutionizer.” Conflict arises when characters encounter cultural resistance, in particular, bikelash focused on women and mothers. Motherload draws connections here to the struggle of cyclist Suffragettes and to women’s seemingly endless fight for bodily autonomy.
Ultimately, Liz’s experiences as a cyclist, as a mother, and in discovering the cargo bike world, teach her that sustainability is not necessarily about compromise and sacrifice and that there are few things more empowering in an age of consumption than the ability to create everything from what seems to be nothing.
MINT founder and Executive Director Brian Murnion concludes, “MINT remains unwavering in its mission to carry on curated independent film programming during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis. Our partnership with the Northern Plains Resource Council has enabled us to take this first step. We present environMINT for audience of supporters not only in Montana but around the world. We hope you’ll join us for this digital Mother’s Day brunch screening.”
MINT derives its name from Montana International Film Festival, and is a 5-day film festival located in Billings, Montana. MINT is organized by filmmakers for filmmakers. MINT’s driven purpose is the festival experience by collaborating with industry professionals to bring new ideas and strategy to redefine what a world-class festival can be. MINT’s mission is to connect people through film from around the world. With a focus on curating a film program that showcases films pushing creative, technical or social boundaries, MINT connects filmmakers with distributors, offers prizes, grants and funding for filmmakers to create new films. MINT promotes educational programs in Yellowstone County for high school students, special needs students, and low-income students.
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