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Small is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary

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It’s been two years in the making, but Small is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary is finally here!

This isn’t the first documentary on Tiny Houses, but it’s definitely unique. Here’s what Jeremy Beasley, the director, has to say:

“I wasn’t aiming to glorify tiny house living. I explored what it is really like to build and live in a tiny house, sharing the subjects struggle and triumphs – and their real life journey through it.  I wanted the film to go deeper than trends or aesthetic. I wanted it to be courageous and vulnerable. To explore the real human aspect living tiny.”

What inspired you to make the movie?

“The idea of having a 30 year mortgage is not something I’m comfortable with, so I started researching alternative ways to live. How could I live with less material possessions, in a smaller space and I thought what better way to learn about it than to interview the people in the process or already doing it. I started making a few short films of people living in shipping container houses and on boat houses and eventually ended up in Portland, Oregon where the Tiny House community is incredibly strong and offered a really deep, beautiful and inspiring look into tiny houses.”


What was it like to make the movie?

“I thought I’d make the film as a way to research tiny houses for myself so I could build one. I thought I’d be done in 3 months, and just pop up a video on my website. Now nearly two years later, I’ve spent all of my savings, had dozens and dozens of people help make the film and it’s become so much more than I could have every hoped for!

It definitely wasn’t easy to make the film, for 8 weeks, some very kind friends of mine let me stay in there backyard while we finished editing the film. In the backyard, I lived in a swag (a swag, for those who don’t know is a canvas tent/sleeping bag type thing). It’s not a tiny house, but it’s definitely Tiny Living!”


How can people watch the film?

Small is Beautiful: A Tiny House documentary is available worldwide for download (which you get to keep forever) for $9.99 via SmallBeautifulMovie.com (use coupon code: TINYHOUSETALK for discount) but you can also get on Amazon and iTunes too!

There is loads of bonus content in different packages there with hours of great info and footage that we couldn’t fit in the film as well. If you love tiny houses, the deluxe edition of the film is the best option.

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Small is Beautiful is also available on iTunes, Vimeo on Demand, Amazon Instant and Google Play.


Watch it on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/SmallBeautifulMovieiTunes

Watch it on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1H0Nffd

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Susanne
    May 11, 2015, 11:04 pm

    Anyone see the film? What ya think?

    • Lisa Marie
      June 3, 2015, 3:24 pm

      Saw it here in Portland – beautifully done, showing the highs and lows, pros and cons of building and living in a THOW. Interviews throughout the process of building, well organized, and threw in artsy shots of exciting and moody moments and the ever present rain and puddles for the artist in us all. Add an inspiring end and real people and trials throughout, and you get a well rounded documentary! I recommend it for anyone who is thinking about building their own house in general! (It brought back a lot of memories of converting my bus…)

    • Kelli Smith
      June 3, 2015, 4:43 pm

      I was honestly a bit confused by it in terms of how the title related to what the film was. (And this is hard for me to write… I want to LOVE everything that comes out about tiny living.) It felt like the filmmaker made a certain film and then titled it in a way that forced it into the “tiny” niche… but the film doesn’t really have a whole lot to offer that particular niche. The film for me was about some very interesting people and I really enjoyed getting to know them, their lives, their struggles. But, if felt like they just happened to all be wanting to, or currently living tiny… but other than that, it didn’t have a lot to do with living tiny. It was more about them as people and otherwise didn’t address “Small Is Beautiful” or the title idea, in my opinion. Not that I was desirous of more tiny house shots or how-tos… but only for the subjects to address WHY small is beautiful or talk more about why they downsized or believe small is beautiful for them, etc. There was just so little of that in the film. It just wasn’t what I was expecting based upon the idea of the title and it being about “living smaller,” and left me wanting in terms of a film about that particular subject. As an overall film that I would have enjoyed if my expectation had been otherwise, I did find the stories and filmmaking very good and I really applaud the filmmaker for capturing intimate stories and making me want to keep watching. It just didn’t connect for me from the initial premise is all.

      • Sharee
        September 23, 2015, 6:47 pm

        I purchased this video package several months ago. I was expecting it be about people adapting to living tiny. It is not. So I watched it again. I realized it was about the lives of 4 sets of people surviving, changing, adapting, while trying to live out their ideas of what they think they want out of life. It is a Tiny House reality show. It portrays emotional highs and lows, successes and failures of the participants. I found myself hoping the fighting couple could work things out painlessly, applauding the idealistic doctor, and most importantly…skipping through the tedious or emotionally painful parts.

        For me, I think the video is a success because it takes away the mystical idealism of going tiny. Personalities are the same whether they are living in a tiny house or in a tract home. And it’s the personality of the individuals that determines whether you can go tiny or not.

        Thumbs up.

  • Rich
    May 12, 2015, 10:12 am

    A very intimate video. Beautifully shot an edited. I think Jeremy Beasley has done what he set out to do. So good to see somethink minus the hype of “Tiny House Nation”.

    Not a “do-it-yourselfer’s” guide; there are tons of youtube videos on-line for that….. but everyone who is thinking about building tiny ought to watch it. Suggest getting at least some of the bonus content.

  • Varenikje
    May 13, 2015, 12:12 am

    You can also buy or rent it from Amazon.

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