“Small Is Beautiful” is a masterfully filmed, scored and edited documentary that plunges deeply into not just the practicalities of tiny house living and building, but also into the emotional processes and nuances that come with the transition to tiny. There is a stillness and sensitivity to this film that invites inner contemplation and reflection and as such, it is a MUST watch for anyone considering building their own tiny house or moving into one. “Small Is Beautiful” is a daringly honest and bold documentary that all of humanity can benefit from.
The launch date for the tiny house documentary “Small Is Beautiful” is here and now. We are sharing this news with you because we believe so strongly that this movie matters. In the grand scheme of tiny house living and the downsizing process, this movie will have an impact on those that watch it. We recently were able to meet the director Jeremy Beasley at the Tiny House Conference in Portland where there was a screening of the movie for all attendees. After the viewing there was a standing ovation from the 400 viewers and the Q&A session with Jeremy, Dee Williams and a couple of the documentary stars was so engaging and entertaining that it was the highlight of the Conference for us. To watch the preview click HERE. Below is a little interview we did with Jeremy. Enjoy!
What inspired you to create Small Is Beautiful?
The idea of having a 30 year mortgage is not something I’m comfortable with once I realised I’d probably never be able to buy a house in Melbourne (where I live) I started researching alternative ways to live. How could I live with less material possessions, in a smaller space and I thought what better way to learn about it than to interview the people in the process or already doing it.
Did you have previous movie making experience?
I’d been a professional photographer for 6 years, having shot a whole series of short films as well. This was by far the biggest project I’ve ever undertaken though.
What message do you hope that this film will share with its viewers?
I hope people discover that living tiny and the tiny house movement is about so much more than just the house.
What was the funniest experience you guys had filming Small Is Beautiful?
When interviewing Sean and Jenna, I was sitting in the bathroom, basically on the toilet to be able to operate the camera for the interview. This was the moment I realized compositing toilets are actually odor free!
How long did it take to film Small is Beautiful? And how long to edit?
Filming was on an off for about 7 months total. Spread out over about a year. The edit process for 8 weeks straight, of 12-15 hour long days, 6 days a week. It was a brutal process, but such an amazing experience to be able to power through it.
How is the movie being received?
Really well so far, we’ve only had a premiere in Melbourne (my home town) but we sold out 4 out of 6 screenings in four days and have had so much great feed back. It’s really heart warming to see so much support for the tiny house movement and the film.
How can a person watch it?
It is available to watch now! Click on this link for more information: http://www.smallbeautifulmovie.com We’re also screening in a selected number of theaters around the country and people can request to bring the screening to them.