MUST Watch! TINY The Movie

MUST Watch! TINY The Movie

In case you have missed all of the recent excitement in the tiny house community, “TINY The Movie” has officially launched into the stratosphere! Upon release on iTunes it quickly bounced up to one of top 5 documentaries. It’s equally popular on Netflix and can be watched as an instant view or rented in hard copy. The DVD may also be purchased on the site’s store. Co-directed and produced by Merete Mueller and Christopher Smith this couple of talented visionaries breathed beauty into this compelling and poignant story. 

What we find particularly exciting about TINY is that it highlights the story of Christopher, a 30 year old with no previous building experience, who along with his girlfriend, Merete, sets out to build a tiny house. Though his journey is not without trials and tribulations (who’s building story ever is??), in the end (spoiler alert!) he ends up with his own beautiful and hand crafted tiny house. These are always our favorite stories…human gets an idea, becomes inspired, takes action, overcomes, and accomplishes something he/she didn’t know they were capable of. 

To view the trailer click below:

Here is the long synopsis from the website: 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 became 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.

7 Responses to MUST Watch! TINY The Movie

  1. Ryan riberdy June 17, 2014 at 11:45 am #

    My name is Ryan Riberdy I am 21 years old and this story makes me so happy because after watching your long video on youtube I came right to your website. One day sooner rather then later I would love to do this same thing! As in buying some land and building a tiny home for my girlfriend and I.

    We both like the idea of a simple life with less phones and screens in our face. We both love the idea of a smaller living space with a bigger backyard (the world) is our backyard. I am so happy I came across this because it makes me have hope and faith that a guy like me with no building experience can build his own hOMe.

    Thanks for your time and thanks for sharing.

    • Gabriella June 17, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

      So glad you’ve connected! Please keep us posted on your journey. 🙂

  2. Jonathan June 18, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    Watched this movie last night, a great Documentary. A must see for the Tiny House enthusiast.

  3. Merete June 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    Thank you for this wonderful review, Gabriella!! Nice to meet you.

  4. aidan September 11, 2014 at 3:16 am #

    wow! and i mean, WOW! although i am now a little advanced in years, it is so nice to see young people who do not feel the need to wear the cloak of consumerism, shedding all that unnecessary clutter that they are supposed to need to survive in todays world.

    i truly feel that this tiny house movement is going to be an acceptable (superior?) alternative to what my generation was saddled with, i.e. mortgages that bridled us and kept us forever on the edge during our youthful 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. be damned with what others feel is weird or eccentric. establish yourselves a home base, and spend your lives, and your cash, living life to it’s fullest by travelling, dining, forming new friendships, etc. it’s the journey that counts, and how can you journey if you are weighed down so heavily with culturally imposed norms that we truly do not need.

    BRAVO, vive la tiny hOMes! hurray for those youth of today who see the charade for what it is. my only fear is that the usual suspects will see a threat to their status quo, and will by-law the movement asunder. me thinks a change is a comin’


    • Gabriella September 11, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

      I TOTALLY agree Aidan!! We are only in our 40s but man, if we had known then what he know now. I am so happy that the younger generation is being given another option and that like you say, people can see the charade for what it is.

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