The Debora Effect

After a life-altering brain injury, mountain bike enthusiast Debora DeNapoli finds profound healing in one place she’s been warned never to return to: the trails.
Debora and her bubbly personality hit the trails. Photo: Sterling Lorence



Darcy Hennessey Turenne


Ian Dunn



Running time

11 minutes

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Our Judges say:

The Deborah effect had a very positive effect on me. Inspiring. Thank you!

Simon Taylor

Written and directed by Darcy Hennessey Turenne about her good friend Debora’s journey back to riding after a devastating brain injury, this film follows the fun-loving Debora DeNapoli as she returns to the sport she loves.

Sustaiability Notes:

We used a very small crew while shooting this film, and required all people to bring reusable food and beverage containers. We also accessed all the mountain biking via e-bike and on-foot — no vehicles.