The film, which many of you backed on Kickstarter nearly three years ago, follows our own process of building a Tiny House from scratch with no building experience. We also visited and filmed other families who have downsized their lives into less than 200 square feet, asking everyone the question: what makes a good home?
The film premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2012 and has screened at over 40 film festivals around the world, but hasn’t been available widely to the public…until now.
Purchase the film on DVD: Here
Rent or download the film on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/tiny-story-about-living-small/id868163491?uo=4&at=11l7mn
In addition to the feature-length documentary, the DVD also includes a bunch of special features:
- A super inspiring extended interview with Tiny House owner Dee Williams
- Fun “Behind the Scenes” footage
- An extended interview with the filmmakers
- Featurette on Developing Sustainable Neighborhoods
- Tiny Houses and Building Codes: Q&A from the 2012 Idaho Planning Conference
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.
When Christopher decides to build his own Tiny House, he dives into the tension between settling down and staying adrift, between preserving a parcel of land that he loves and developing it. Merete begins to ask her own questions about settling down, and both walk away with unexpected lessons about the meaning of home, the importance of place, and the personal impact of sticking with a project that would become bigger than they’d ever imagined.
TINY is a coming-of-age story for a generation that is more connected, yet less tied down than ever, and for a society 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.
The film is also available for public community screenings and for educational screenings at schools and universities around the country. For more information about setting up a screening of TINY, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org