Hi Folks,

Some of you may have heard rumors about MOTHERLOAD, a feature-length (80 min) crowd-sourced documentary directed by Liz Canning and focused on the resurgence of modern cargo-bike culture around the world.

Adelaide has a special connection to this cultural resurgence through the pioneering efforts of the builders and users of the Adelaide Longbikeback in the 1970s (some Longbikes are still in use today!) We also have a connection to the film through our contribution of several hours of video footage and archive materials.

I’m very pleased to let you know that MOTHERLOAD had its world premieron May 4thand is now available for screening worldwide. I’m doublypleased to announce that a public screening here in Adelaide (perhaps the Australian premiere) will take place a bit later this year in association with the 2019 Australian Walking & Cycling Conferenceto be held in Port Adelaide on October 24th& 25th.

We’re still in the early stages of getting this screening together and there are some basic where, when & howquestions we need to resolve. The main issue is whether to use a cinema venue (such as the Mercury, Nova or other theatre) or to try to use a more public venue (perhaps a warehouse or other large space at Port Adelaide) andmaybe try to have another Cargobike Convergence such as PortBUG organized a few years ago.

Obviously for a screening in a public space we’d also have to find an outfit capable of putting it on as well as a bunch of volunteers to help out. It’s all a matter of balancing the time, expense and considerable efforts involved with what seems likely to generate interest and attendance (as we also need to recover some of the costs involved).

At this early stage I’d be very interested to know what people think:

  • are you interested in seeing the film?
  • weekday evening or a weekend screening, maybe late afternoon?
  • single film event only or as part of a cargo-bike gathering (maybe with other films shown as well)?
  • what might be a reasonable ticket price?

There are some great trailers from MOTHERLOAD – see the links below:

Official Trailer: https://vimeo.com/182215342

The Flores Family: https://vimeo.com/308725707

Liz Canning (Director) on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/canning

I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions – maybe below or you can email me at portadbug@gmail.com

Thanks,

Sam Powrie, Secretary, PortBUG.

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So no interest or suggestions?

"...I’d be very interested to know what people think:

    • are you interested in seeing the film?
    • weekday evening or a weekend screening, maybe late afternoon?
    • single film event only or as part of a cargo-bike gathering (maybe with other films shown as well)
    • what might be a reasonable ticket price?"

Sam

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