Housing Crunch

After a monumental splash on the film-festival circuit, Tiny: A Story About Living Small returns home to Colorado tonight. In this documentary, filmmaker Christopher Smith panics: He is turning thirty without fulfilling his Rocky Mountain cabin fantasy, so he dumps his savings into five acres, sans electricity, water or gas, and schemes to build a tiny house.

“For our purposes, [a tiny house is] a house that’s less than 200 square feet and typically built on wheels to avoid restrictions in zoning codes,” says writer and co-director Merete Mueller.

Barely able to handle a drill, Smith seeks guidance from “tiny-housers,” do-it-yourself renegades who have snubbed McMansions and are crafting lives in petite homes. He lassos his girlfriend, Mueller, into both documentary production and house construction.

Puzzled that most tiny-housers downplay environmental worries as a factor in living small, Mueller says, “When we started to interview others doing this around the country, pretty much everyone’s major motivator was money. Some were trying to pay off credit-card debt, and others had been foreclosed on. This isn’t just an environmental story. This is a human story.”

Join Mueller and Smith when Tiny shows at 7 p.m. at the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue. Tickets cost $12 for Denver Film Society members and $15 for non-members. For more information, go to denverfilm.org or call 720-381-0813.
Tue., Feb. 18, 7 p.m., 2014


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