Hot Docs 2013: Tiny: A Story About Living Small (2013)

Posted by Jessica Finch April 25, 2013 0 Comment 7905 views

Ever wanted to live small? For many people across the US, living in homes anywhere from 65 to 870 sq feet is a reality. Fuelled by the recession and an increased interest in eco-living, the tiny housing market has exploded in the US, and many are making the transition to smaller spaces. Christopher Smith chronicles his journey to build his own tiny home in Tiny: A Story About Small Living, which first premiered at SXSW in March.

Christopher’s house is the ultimate DIY project, with almost everything in the house being built, wired and finished by him and his girlfriend Merete (who also helped make the film). In many ways, Tiny: A Story About Small Living is a coming of age story as Chris’ project helps him learn a lot about personal growth and relationships. The real strength of this doc, however, lies in the accompanying portraits of tiny homeowners, whose vignettes are peppered liberally throughout the film. It’s fascinating to see such a diversity of people, and even families, crammed into garage sized spaces, yet still making it work. I very much enjoyed this documentary, although the score seemed needlessly overzealous at times – my one critique. I would recommend Tiny: A Story About Small Living for DIY-ers looking for inspiration.

UPDATETiny: A Story About Small Living is screening at The Berkshire International Film Festival on June 1, 2013 at 11:45 am. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Screening Times for Tiny: A Story About Living Small

Sun, Apr 28 9:15 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Mon, Apr 29 4:00 PM
Scotiabank 4

Sun, May 5 1:30 PM
The Revue

Gallery of Images from Tiny: A Story About Living Small

Watch the Tiny: A Story About Living Small Trailer


About Jessica Finch

Jessica Finch is an avid writer and film enthusiast who has been contributing documentary reviews for Pretty Clever Films since March 2013. She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Radio & Television Arts program and has worked as a freelance producer and production designer on short films and music videos. Jessica currently works as a sales coordinator at Achilles Media, an events management company in Toronto.

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