TINY: A STORY ABOUT LIVING SMALL
62 minutes, documentary, color, 2013
A film by Merete Mueller & Christopher Smith
Bonus Features • Interview with Filmmakers • Behind the Scenes • Bonus Scenes & Shorts
After a decade of travel, Christopher Smith approaches his 30th birthday and decides it’s time to plant some roots. He impulsively buys a 5-acre plot of land in hopes of fulfilling a lifelong dream of building a home in the mountains of Colorado. With the support of his girlfriend, Merete, he sets out to build a Tiny House from scratch despite having no construction experience.
From 1970 to 2010, the average size of a new house in America has almost doubled. Yet in recent years, many are redefining their American Dream to focus on flexibility, financial freedom, and quality of life over quantity of space. These self-proclaimed “Tiny Housers” live in homes smaller than the average parking space, often built on wheels to bypass building codes and zoning laws. TINY takes us inside six of these homes stripped to their essentials, exploring the owners’ stories and the design innovations that make them work.
TINY is a coming-of-age story not only for a generation that is more connected, yet less tied-down than ever, but also for a society that is redefining its priorities in the face of a changing financial and environmental climate. More than anything, TINY invites its viewers to dream big and imagine living small.
“Like a perfectly realized tiny house, the film is compact, economical and elegant, a fitting testament to the spirit of the tiny house movement and the DIY trend in non-fiction filmmaking.”- HotDocs Film Festival
“A story about learning to live large – about expanding our concept of what our domestic spaces can do for us, in connecting us to our communities, to nature, to our loved ones, and to our dreams.” – Austin Chronicle
“Highly recommended. It’s an environmental piece without trying, and a rather in-depth look at the growing urge to move away from the excessive consumption of life to a more simple way of doing things.” – Toronto Film Scene
Packaged in a 100% Certified Green Forestry Practices Eco Pack
UPC: 7-20229-91598-4 | Catalog #: FRF 915984D | SRP: $24.95 | Street Date: June 3