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.”
Video Screenshot: TINY: A Story About Living Small/Vimeo