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Monday Ski Sessions: Motherload is the Ski Movie of 2020

Motherload is about being a single parent after one partner dies in the mountains. It's a great film

In 2019, pro-skier David Treadway died in a crevasse fall in western B.C. He left behind Tessa, his wife, and three children. A new film, Motherload, follows professional skiers and mothers Tessa and Izzy Lynch as they carry the load of loss, life-changing events, and the love of their children into the mountains where they find the moments of peace, growth and healing that help them carry on.

Motherload first appears as a comic story about getting the kids ready for skiing, but quickly connects on a deeper level with the themes of single parenting and loss.

“Tackling the subjects of loss, family and motherhood while producing a film in the midst of a pandemic was no easy task,” said Izzy, “but we are very happy with how it all came together and we could not have done it without an incredible team.”

You can watch Motherload at the virtual Whistler Film Festival here on Dec. 12.

Motherload Trailer

Zoya Lynch, Director & Editor

Zoya Lynch is an award-winning photographer & filmmaker based in Revelstoke B.C. She earned recognition for her work with commercial contracts and featured photos in publications in the action-sports and travel industries.

Photography and filmmaking allows Zoya to translate her deep reverence for the natural world through a tapestry of light-filled moments. She is constantly seeking to combine the wilderness and stories of human connection, achievement and wonder.

Zoya studied Documentary Film Production at Langara College, which has led her to work on several film projects. Her first independent project was the 10 minute film titled “Kindred”, which was an official selection at the Banff Mountain Film Festival and Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival in 2018. Motherload, set to release this fall is her most recent work.

Zoya loves all aspects of film and still photography, from the summit shot to the quiet moments in-between. She finds balance through artfully capturing wedding, family and lifestyle photography that brims with authenticity and imagination.


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