The film’s official website and relevant info can be found here:

“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.”


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

Directed by Laura VanZee Taylor

Starring Maris Degener

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.

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

Blogposts About the Movie

From the filmmaker:

From Maris:

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.”



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!