World Premiere of The Peloton Project to Kick Off Lewiston Auburn Film Festival; Documentary Executive Produced by Patrick Dempsey to be Screened at Sold-Out Show

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The Peloton Project, a much-anticipated documentary following the lives of three cancer patients going through various stages of treatment and recovery and the tale of nearly 40 cyclists making a 10-day, 2,500 mile trek across two countries, will make its World Premiere on Friday, April 5 at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston, Maine. The film is headlining the third annual Lewiston Auburn Film Festival and will be screened in front of an audience of more than 400 people.

Peloton Cyclists with Patrick Dempsey

The Peloton Project cyclists at the finish line of the ride in Lewiston, Maine in October 2012, with Executive Producer Patrick Dempsey

“The Peloton Project is such a perfect metaphor for what we aim to do at both the Dempsey Center and Wellspring,” said Dempsey. "We are thrilled to be able to share this story with cancer patients at these centers and beyond.”

The Peloton Project, a much-anticipated documentary following the lives of three cancer patients going through various stages of treatment and recovery and the tale of nearly 40 cyclists making a 10-day, 2,500 mile trek across two countries, will make its World Premiere on Friday, April 5 at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston, Maine. The film is headlining the third annual Lewiston Auburn Film Festival and will be screened in front of an audience of more than 400 people.

The film, directed by Ramsey Tripp of Trademark-R Productions, produced by Laura Davis, partner at Rinck Advertising, and Executive Produced by actor, Patrick Dempsey, tells the story of nearly 40 cyclists as they participated in the 2012 Cancervive Peloton Project ride from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to Lewiston, Maine. Woven throughout the team’s journey across North America are the tales of three cancer patients and their families as they make their own way through diagnosis to treatment and beyond. The Peloton Project looks closely at the people behind the cancer diagnoses to see what life is like for them before and after cancer and how they find strength to face the challenge ahead. The film draws upon the similarities in the voyage of the cyclists and the tales of the cancer patients (or “warriors”), all demonstrating a commitment to move forward—sometimes charging, sometimes crawling, but finding the strength to advance on the journey.

“The Peloton Project shares a very important story with the world," says Tripp. “When we developed the concept for this documentary, we never imagined the way things would turn out with either the riders or the warriors. The riders had some great days and some unexpected obstacles: everything from insanely dangerous traffic, to bad weather, to illness and injury. Meanwhile, the stories we might have predicted for our warriors threw us for a loop as well, as dealing with the unpredictability of cancer can do.”

Many of the Cancervive cyclists are cancer survivors themselves and share their perspective on how they have lived beyond cancer. Meanwhile, each warrior’s story is told through their own words, as well as the words of their loved ones. Of the three main warriors profiled, two are from Canada—Terri Dowling of Cochrane, Alberta and Shae Kirk of Calgary, Alberta, and one is from the United States—Claudette Knieriem of Hooksett, New Hampshire.

“We tried to tell each story in an honest and real way,” said Davis. “We wanted to get past the diagnosis and get to the person behind it and ask ‘how does this diagnosis change you?’”

Telling the real, gritty, behind-the-scenes stories of life with cancer meant that Tripp and Director of Photography Jayson Lobozzo accompanied warriors as they went through day-to-day life, including visits with their oncologist and surgery appointments. According to Tripp, it was an emotional process to be a part of.

The film crew’s leadership team are certainly no strangers to the cancer diagnosis, though. Producer Laura Davis is a four-time cancer survivor, having been first diagnosed at the age of 25, just two weeks after giving birth to her first child. Davis won the 2011 Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Survivor award for her involvement in community outreach and for demonstrating a passion for helping others with cancer. Director Ramsey Tripp has also been deeply affected by cancer as he lost his mother to the disease shortly after beginning work on the film. The Peloton Project is dedicated to her. And, Executive Producer Patrick Dempsey co-founded The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing with his sister after seeing the challenges they faced with their mother’s cancer diagnosis. The Center, like the film, is not focused on providing treatment for the illness, but instead on providing support for patients and their families. Wellspring Calgary, the starting point of the ride, is part of the Wellspring system of centers in Canada, which also provides support for cancer patients and their families. The film was created in partnership with The Dempsey Center, The Dempsey Challenge, Cancervive and Wellspring.

“The Peloton Project is such a perfect metaphor for what we aim to do at both the Dempsey Center and Wellspring,” said Dempsey. “A peloton requires people to come together to work efficiently to get farther than they would have individually, which is the philosophy of both cancer centers. To learn that these Canadian cyclists were riding from the door steps of Wellspring to the doorsteps of the Dempsey Center, was just so serendipitous. We are thrilled to be able to share this story with cancer patients at these centers and beyond.”

In fact, the after the premiere, the film crew’s focus will be to get the movie out to wider audiences. While the premiere is sold out, tickets are still available for a second screening of the film on Sunday, April 7 at the Community Little Theater in Lewiston, Maine. Tickets are available at the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival headquarters at 223 Lisbon Street in Lewiston, at the venue doors or by calling 207-740-8800. After the film festival weekend, the film crew will begin working on submitting the film to other film festivals and pitching it for distribution through other mediums. DVD copies will be made available to cancer centers across both the U.S. and Canada and will also be available for sale.

For more information on The Peloton Project, please visit http://www.thepelotonfilm.com or find the film on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/thepelotonfilm. The film trailer is available at http://www.thepelotonfilm.com. A press kit including images is available at http://www.thepelotonfilm.com/news.

About The Peloton Project Film
The Peloton Project is a full-length documentary which shares the story of 40 cyclists who bicycled 2500 miles relay-style in 10 days from Calgary, Alberta, Canada to Lewiston, Maine for the 2012 Cancervive Peloton Project. Woven throughout the team’s journey across North America are stories of warriors--cancer survivors, caregivers, and a person who has just been diagnosed. The Peloton Project looks closely at the people behind the cancer diagnoses to see what life is like for them before and after cancer and how they find strength to face the challenge ahead. The film is Directed by Ramsey Tripp, Produced by Laura Davis and Executive Produced by Patrick Dempsey. The film is sponsored by Rinck Advertising, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Cancervive, The Dempsey Challenge and Idexx Laboratories.

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