In an effort to raise the profile of female-inspired mountain biking and mountain sport, Debora De Napoli (Life Cycle Project) shares how a cubicle-dweller becomes a mountain warrior. Armed with the attitude that 'No Mountain Is Bigger Than Life', Debora shares her personal story, the challenges she faced in being a first-time adventure filmmaker, and her hope that we will no longer ask ourselves: "Where Are The Women?" in mountain films.
*her short film, Life Cycle Project (BC Premiere, 15min) will screen after the presentation.
Eighteen months ago, Debora chose to take action and do something significant after learning that she, too, could carry the deadly ovarian cancer gene mutation shared by her sister and mother, who passed away five years ago. She wanted to challenge herself beyond anything she had ever done before, and, in the process, raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Debora founded the charity, Life Cycle and produced a short documentary film called, Life Cycle Project. The film documents her personal journey in 2012 from cubicle-dweller to mountain warrior, as she mountain bikes up (and down!) nine harrowing summits across the Canadian Rockies.
Being a first time filmmaker and having only biked recreationally, she was faced with many challenges; although, nothing could begin to compare to the challenges of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Debora realized that, no mountain is bigger than life; and, once she had this motto in her head, she persevered- no matter what.
In 2012 Debora received a full scholarship to attend the Banff Adventure Filmmakers Workshop, where she was mentored by Keith Partridge (Touching the Void, BBC's Human Planet), and Michael Brown of Serac Films. Her film Life Cycle Project was a Finalist at the 2013 Banff Mountain Film Festival and is currently being screened at Festivals and film competitions around the world. Debora will also be presenting at FEATCanada in March 2014.
Debora currently lives in Vancouver and continues to champion female-inspired adventure films while continuing to grow the Life Cycle charity. She can also be regularly heard screaming through the North Shore Mountains on Lucy (her mountain bike) :)