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Director: Zoya Lynch
Origin: Canada
Duration: 14min

This film was part of the VIMFF 2020 Fall Series.

Featuring the Lynch sisters and Tessa Treadway, Motherload first appears as a comic story about trying to take their kids skiing but it connects on a deeper level with the themes of single parenting and loss.


It is often said that the hardest part of any adventure is getting out the door. Planning and packing are tedious and time consuming. But the moment you cross over the threshold from the distractions of the real world to the freedom of the hills, everything seems to just fall into place.

Said no mother ever.

Follow professional skiers and mothers Tessa Treadway 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.



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Zoya Lynch, Director & Editor

Zoya Lynch is an award-winning photographer & filmmaker based in Revelstoke BC. She has 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.


2013 Out of Bounds Photography Exhibit – 1st Place
2014 Deep Winter Photo Challenge – 1st Place
2014 Hot Lapse Photo Showdown – 3rd Place
2016 Deep Winter Photo Challenge – 3rd Place
2017 Jackson Hole Exposed – 3rd Place

Featured Publications:

The Globe & Mail, National Geographic Adventure, The Ski Journal, Sidetracked Magazine, Powder, Ski Canada Magazine, Backcountry Magazine, Kootenay Mountain Culture, Mountain Life, Aka Skidor, Freeskier Magazine, Forecast Magazine, Lucia Journal

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Izzy Lynch, Producer & Writer

Izzy Lynch wears many hats in the outdoor space, as a professional skier, coach, film producer, mother and advocate for climate action working for Protect Our Winters Canada.

She grew up in Alberta and while most Calgary ski kids Izzy’s age were riding the lifts and hitting gates, the Lynch family was busy building a backcountry lodge in British Columbia, an experience that fostered their love for wild spaces at a young age. Although Izzy did race and compete in freeride competitions at an international level, it was the feeling of freedom that she found in the isolated mountains at the lodge that drove her to build a life in Revelstoke, BC.

As a storyteller and film producer, Izzy’s craft is to merge those kismet moments she has in remote areas with different narratives of people exploring their boundaries. She combines all facets of her life from skiing, child rearing, filmmaking, climate advocacy and writing to find opportunity and connection in the outdoors.


● Produced the short film “Kindred” which was featured internationally at various international film festivals in 2018.
● Filming with Sherpas Cinema for their film “Into The Mind”
● Filming with Unicorn Picnic Productions for “Pretty Faces”
● Co-Founded the Live It! Love It! Foundation and Revelstoke Adaptive Ski Program
● Girls Do Ski coach and mentor for the past 10 years
● Completed countless successful backcountry ski adventures in Kyrgyzstan, Japan, Canada, Alaska, New Zealand and Europe


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