The New England Mountain Bike Association Midcoast Maine Chapter will present Ragged Mountain Fat Tire Festival Films Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1.

Two documentary films, “Pedal-Driven” and “Lifecycles,” will be screened. Tickets are $8 and will be for sale at the door.

For more than two years, the award-winning filmmaking team at Howell at the Moon traveled across the Western United States, compelled to tell a story of clandestine groups of rogue mountain bikers who build illegal trails on America‚Äôs public lands. The result is “Pedal-Driven: a bike-umentary.”

Promises were made to keep locations secret, breathtaking footage of extraordinary riders was captured, interviews were conducted with both sides of the conflict, battle lines were drawn, illegal trails were ripped out and existing trails were shut down. Then, somewhere along the way, something shifted. Both sides came to the table, partnerships were forged and agreements were signed.

This engaging and powerful new documentary film is designed to advance the national discussion around where mountain biking belongs in the American landscape. “Pedal-Driven” expertly explores the long-standing conflicts between riders and the federal agencies charged with managing our public lands, as this exploding sport makes its way out of the woods and into the public eye. It features music by Jimmy Eat World, Marc B., The Let Go, Opiuo, Stuporhero and many other talented Northwest bands.

“Life Cycles,” a selection at the most recent Banff Mountain Film Festival, is a Canadian movie filmed in Ultra HD that offers some of the most visually stunning images the mountain sports world has ever seen. Its thought-provoking narration also serves up a beautiful celebration of the mountain bike and a tribute to the culture of mountain biking.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to