A very happy [insert non-shopping-related descriptor here] Tuesday! Hopefully you aren’t too entirely burnt-out or broke as a result of yesterday’s responsible gift-buying bonanza
because a great new Kickstarter fundraising campaign
worth showing a little financial love to has recently come to my attention. And the topic of this creative project is a great one: dramatically downsized living.
Filmmaking team Merete Mueller and Christopher Smith have taken to Kickstarter to raise post-production funds for their short documentary: “TINY: A Film About Living Small
.” The film (watch a teaser clip below) follows Smith as he attempts, with no previous building experience, to erect a 130-square-foot cabin in the Colorado mountains while also profiling similarly small-minded Americans. Explains
Mueller on the project’s Kickstarter page: “Rather than an informational documentary about tiny houses, the film will explore the idea of ‘home’ and what makes us feel comfortable in a particular landscape or building. The film will be a meditation on the relationship of home to environment, of quality and simplicity to a life well lived.”
Awesome. As the film near completion, the duo needs help with post-production costs, including sound and film editing and recording an original score. Contributions of $500 or more will help support Mueller and Smith as they travel across the country to interview tiny house owners/builders/dwellers (in addition to the one and only Derek Diedricksen
, I’m guessing that they’ll be speaking to some folks that readers of this blog may recognize). If the fundraising goal of $7,500 is exceeded, remaining funds will be used to film a couple of aerial shots, which don’t come cheap.
And since this is a Kickstarter campaign, there are numerous perks associated with helping make “TINY” a reality including access to the online premiere of the film, a personalized thank you card, a chance to spend the weekend in Smith’s completed tiny home, and, for big givers, an associate producer credit.
Even if you can’t make a contribution
to “TINY” at this time, be sure to check out the film’s homepage
for news on the documentary’s progress, peeks at Smith’s petite-sized dream home in the mountains, excerpts from interviews with other tiny house'rs, and more. And this is cool: Mueller and Smith recently visited
a first-grade classroom to talk about small houses and captured some of the students’ priceless reactions like this gem: “If I was a muscle man, I could pull a tiny house with me wherever I went.”
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