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  • Nov 3-5

Tiny

Tiny is a doc­u­men­tary about home, and how we find it. The film 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.  Fea­tur­ing homes stripped down to their essen­tials, explor­ing the own­ers’ sto­ries and the design inno­va­tions that make the hous­es work, the film rais­es ques­tions about good design, the nature of home, and the chang­ing Amer­i­can Dream. That dream for some may focus on flex­i­bil­i­ty, finan­cial free­dom, and qual­i­ty of life over quan­ti­ty of space.  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, the film invites its view­ers to dream big and imag­ine liv­ing small.

At the cen­ter of the film is Christo­pher Smith, who approach­es his 30th birth­day after a decade of trav­el, and decides it’s time to plant some roots. He impul­sive­ly buys a five-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 what­so­ev­er.  He dives head­long 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.

Run­ning time: 62 min­utes