LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- More than 400 people filled the Franco-American Heritage Center for the world premiere of the Peloton Project, and Executive Producer Patrick Dempsey had a front row seat.
The headliner to the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival, the Peloton Project follows 40 cyclists riding 2,500 miles from Calgary, Canada to the Dempsey Challenge in Lewiston last year to raise cancer awareness.
Many of the cyclists were in the audience for the Friday night premiere.
Producer Laura Davis said she hopes the film provides a message of hope in the face of cancer.
"You only have today, and if there's something you want to do, you should do it. Because you can," said Davis. "That's the message."
"Survivorman" Les Stroud was also in attendance. Stroud will be receiving an award for innovative filmmaking, as well as performing with his band. He held a book signing on Lisbon Street Thursday night.
"When I can come down and talk about filmmaking, and be able to perform with my band at the time, it's a good week for me," said Stroud.
The festival continues Saturday and Sunday. For a full schedule and ticket information, check the LA Film Festival's website.