Tiny: A Story about Living Small


Tiny: A Story about Living Small follows one couple’s attempt to build a “tiny house” from scratch, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into homes smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about sustainability, the nature of home and the changing American Dream. A small – but growing – movement of tiny-house dwellers believes a smaller house equals a bigger life. Real-life couple and first-time filmmakers Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller test their DIY abilities and their sense of personal space when, after a decade of travel, Christopher indulges his dream of constructing a fully detached house with a footprint smaller than a parking space. Merete may not share his dream but gamely participates in both the construction and visual documentation of Christopher’s project. Through conception to completion, Chris’s tiny house becomes the frame for a larger exploration of personal values as they apply to time, money, life and most importantly, home. 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. Like a perfectly realized tiny house, Christopher and Merete’s documentary is compact, economical and elegant, a fitting testament to the spirit of the tiny house movement. (Dir. by Merete Mueller & Christopher Smith, 2014, USA, 62 mins., Not Rated, First Run Features) Digital