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LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Weeks away from its debut at the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival, funding for documentary "The Peloton Project" has run out.

Director Ramsey Tripp, and several of his editors, are now working for free to finish the film for April 5.

The film, for which Patrick Dempsey is Executive Producer, follows 40 cross-country bicyclists riding from Calgary, Canada to Lewiston for the Dempsey Challenge in honor of people fighting cancer.

From filming the 2,500 mile ride to writing and editing, the Trade-mark R Productions staff has logged thousands of hours of work.

The director said it has become a labor of love.

"You see these people that you care about and you want to tell their story," said Tripp.

"It's a powerful storyand it does show what cancer is like, and how it impacts so many people."

No matter how much money they can raise to reimburse the staff, he said the film will go on and debut at the festival as scheduled.

He hopes to raise at least $20,000, if not $50,000, to finish the edit and put on final touches.

Donations are accepted on the "Support" section of the Peloton Project website.

Representatives from the Dempsey Center can help direct those donations to the Peloton Project. All donations sent to the Dempsey Center go to cancer support initiatives.

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