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The film’s official website and relevant info can be found here: https://www.iammarismovie.com/


“Maris Degener is an old-souled hero born from the strength of a young, fighting spirit. She’s a yogi. She’s a teacher. She’s an inspiration to her students, to the young girls she mentors, and to the thousands who follow her on-line. And she’s only 17.

Unlike other films that focus on the horrors of eating disorders and tend to conclude with relapse or death, this film has a hopeful and helpful point-of-view. Maris’s victory and wise-beyond-her years self-awareness becomes our inspiration to embrace our full and faulted selves and live with fearless authenticity. Like Maris, we are all works in progress.”


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A film about mental illness, the healing powers of yoga, and ultimately about self-acceptance.

Directed by Laura VanZee Taylor
www.LauraVanZee.com

Starring Maris Degener
www.YogaMaris.net

If you are interested in following the film in development go to our FB page @IAmMarisMovie and like us!


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The film is sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society.

Click here to support the film!


Teaser

I Am Maris — Coming 2017 from Laura VanZee on Vimeo.


Blogposts About the Movie

From the filmmaker: http://www.lauravanzee.com/work-in-progress/

From Maris: https://yogamaris.net/2016/09/07/i-have-a-mission/


First-Cut Reception

“Amazing and powerful.”

“Beautiful, love-filled, joyful, inspiring.”

“An incredible journey as shown in this powerful film that teaches and inspires hope on a healing path to self acceptance and love.”

“Amazing viewing, I am so blessed to be witnessing the beginning of what I am sure will be an incredible journey.”

“As a parent, I was moved by (Maris’s) mother’s eloquent, honest, raw emotions. I could relate to so much of what she said.”

 


 

FAQS

How can I watch the film?

The film starts screening at festivals in April 2018. We’ll announce places and dates as they come up. Meanwhile ro*co is launching an outreach campaign and will begin distributing it to educational and health organizations. Then they’ll pitch broadcast for 2019. Then it will go digital (an online streaming service). Doc filmmaking and distribution is a long game!

What makes this film different?

This film focuses on bravery, not fear. Unlike other films that focus on the horrors of eating disorders and tend to conclude with relapse or death, this film has a hopeful message. The first part of the documentary focuses on Maris’s backstory and her struggle. But it doesn’t end there. We see how Maris heals. We follow her continued recovery. We witness Maris’s success and her staggering effect on the lives of those she inspires and helps.  Maris’s victory and wise-beyond-her years self-awareness become our inspiration to embrace our full and faulted selves and live heroically as works in progress.

Who worked on creating this film?

See the film’s team here!

How can I support the film?

Spread the word! Follow the film on Facebook, tell your friends, refer them to the website. The more excitement drum up around the film, the more people it can reach.

SFFILM_Navy.pngWe are proud to be fiscally sponsored by SFFILM. This means that donors can contribute to the film as a tax deduction. Please visit:

https://www.sffilm.org/artist-development/find-a-project/i-am-maris

 


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Disclaimer:

Although I consider myself to be a part of this project and its mission, I am officially the “subject” of the film. As such, this is not something I asked for, paid for, produced or directed, or think of in any way as self/business promotion. Okay, disclaimer over!