Ped Mall -Scene 1 Fri, Sep 19, 2014 2:00 PM
Ped Mall -Scene 1 Fri, Sep 19, 2014 3:30 PM
Ped Mall -Scene 1 Fri, Sep 19, 2014 5:00 PM
Ped Mall -Scene 1 Fri, Sep 19, 2014 7:00 PM
Ped Mall -Scene 1 Sat, Sep 20, 2014 2:00 PM
Ped Mall -Scene 1 Sat, Sep 20, 2014 3:30 PM
Ped Mall -Scene 1 Sat, Sep 20, 2014 5:00 PM
Ped Mall -Scene 1 Sat, Sep 20, 2014 7:00 PM
Ped Mall -Scene 1 Sat, Sep 20, 2014 8:30 PM
Ped Mall -Scene 1 Sun, Sep 21, 2014 2:00 PM
Ped Mall -Scene 1 Sun, Sep 21, 2014 3:30 PM
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:66 mins
Director:Merete Mueller
Christopher Smith
Year Released:2013
Production Country:USA


Free screening presented on the ped mall in a tiny cinema. Tickets required! Reserve your Tiny ticket at the FilmScene Box Office.

Presented by UI School of Urban and Regional Planning 50th Anniversary and IC Open City.

“A fitting testament to the spirit of the tiny house.”—HotDocs Film Fest

Presented in a tiny cinema for tiny audiences, FilmScene celebrates the spirit of micro-building with this documentary about one couple’s attempt to build a tiny house with no building experience, a journey which raises questions about good design, the nature of home, and the changing American Dream.


After a decade of travel, Christopher Smith approaches his 30th birthday and decides it’s time to plant some roots. He impulsively buys a 5-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.

From 1970 to 2010, the average size of a new house in America has almost doubled. Yet in recent years, many are redefining their American Dream to focus on flexibility, financial freedom, and quality of life over quantity of space. These self-proclaimed “Tiny Housers” live in homes smaller than the average parking space, often built on wheels to bypass building codes and zoning laws. TINY takes us inside six of these homes stripped to their essentials, exploring the owners’ stories and the design innovations that make them work.

When Christopher decides to build his own Tiny House, he dives 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.

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, TINY invites its viewers to dream big and imagine living small.