Tiny_KeyArtA little over three years ago, Christopher Smith and I (Merete Mueller) had two crazy ideas: the first was to build a Tiny House from scratch with no building experience and the second was to make a documentary film about it.

We taught ourselves everything we could about DIY building and filmmaking as we went along, scouring YouTube channels and Tiny House blogs for information, peppering the clerks at our local Home Depot with questions, and reaching out to the few other “Tiny Housers” that we could find online for advice. This is how we met Andrew and Crystal Odom of Tiny R(E)volution.

As we built our little abode from scratch and began to learn more about the downsizing movement, we continually asked: What makes a good home? The Odoms, along with the many other “Tiny Housers” that we interviewed for our film, taught us a few things about satisfaction and quality of life, including the importance of relationships and the strength of community. It may sound corny but it’s so true: the things that make up the good life—generosity, a sense of humor, gratitude—just can’t be bought in the store.

Our film, TINY: A Story About Living Small, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2012 and has screened at over 40 film festivals around the world, but it hasn’t been available to a widespread, mainstream audience until now. We are so incredibly excited to share this story with you all and thank the many people that helped to make it possible from the very bottom of our hearts.

Buy TINY on DVD here.

Rent or download TINY on iTunes here.


In addition to the feature-length documentary, the DVD also contains 5 very special features, including:

  • An extended interview with Dee Williams that will bring you to tears and make you burst out laughing at the exact same time
  • Behind the Scenes footage and bloopers
  • Q&A on Tiny Houses and building codes with architect Macy Miller and city planners in Boise, Idaho
  • Featurette on Dr. Karen Chapple and her work around using Tiny House ideas to develop more sustainable neighborhoods
  • An extended interview with Christopher and Merete from the Boulder International Film Festival