a story about living small


TINY: Now available for theatrical and community screenings in US and Canada.

Hi everyone,

We are excited to announce that TINY is now available for nationwide theatrical, community and educational screenings through our distributor, First Run Features. This means that the film is now available for public screenings across the US and Canada. (The film will also become available on DVD and other forms of home entertainment early this summer – more updates to come on that soon.)

If you’re interested in bringing TINY to your community, let us know! Here are answers to some commonly asked questions:

How can I bring TINY to my local indie movie theater?

If there is an independent theater in your town that often hosts documentaries and other small films, and if you think they might be interested in hosting a screening of TINY, we would ask you to contact them to find out if they might consider booking the film for one or more nights. If they are indeed interested, you can pass their contact information along to us (by emailing speakthunderfilms@gmail.com

). We can provide any additional info about the film and we’ll put them in touch with our distributor, who will work out the logistics.

If you don’t have a local independent movie theater but still want to bring TINY to the Big Screen in your town, keep in mind that local museums and educational institutions sometimes host film series.


How can I host a screening of TINY in my community?

If you would like to host a screening of TINY for a small community group, we can make that happen to! Just write to us at speakthunderfilms@gmail.com and we’ll put you in touch with our distributor to figure out the details. They’ll need to know how many people you think will attend the screening, whether it would be open to the public or a private event, and whether it would be free or if you plan to charge admission. The sponsoring community group would be responsible for providing the venue and equipment, and our distributor will provide a copy of the film.


How can I show TINY to my students or stock it in my local or school library?

TINY is great in classrooms, for all different grade levels. We’ve been honored to participate in very lively screenings and discussions at elementary schools, high schools, and at universities. Each age group finds something in the story to be excited about, and teachers and professors see the film as a fun and interesting way to introduce environmental and sustainability topics to their students, as well as questions about architecture and design.

An educational version of TINY is available and also comes packaged with a copy of our ebook and a recommended discussion guide. If you would like to bring TINY to your school library, classroom or university, email us at speakthunderfilms@gmail.com and we’ll help to make it happen.

Upcoming Screenings: March 2014



Upcoming Screenings of TINY during the month of March 2014

March 2, 11:00am:
Oneota FIlm Festival (Decorah, IA)

March 6, 8:00pm:
Cinema Orange Film Series, Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach, California)
* Merete on Skype for Q&A

March 7, 7:00pm:
University of Wyoming (Laramie, Wyoming)
* Christopher in-person for Q&A

March 8, 1:00pm
One Earth Film Festival (Oak Park, Illinois)

March 21, 6:30pm:
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capitol (Washington, DC)
* Christopher & Merete in-person for Q&A

March 25, Time TBD:
EcoFocus Film Festival (Athens, GA)
* Christopher in-person for Q&A

A Glimpse Inside “The Boulder” Tiny House

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For our Colorado Front Range premiere this past month, we invited local company Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses to display one of their models, aptly called “The Boulder” at our two screenings in Denver and Boulder.

We loved meeting designer/builder Greg Parham, of Durango, and were seriously impressed by the attention to detail in this home, and the beautiful combination of rustic and modern materials.

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Upcoming Screenings: February 2014

TINY documentary SXSW Alamo drafthouse


Where to See TINY During the month of February:

Princeton Environmental Film Festival (Princeton, NJ)
Friday, February 7 at 4:00pm
* Merete in-person for Q&A

Boulder International Film Festival (Boulder, CO)
Sunday, February 16 at 10:00am
* Merete & Christopher in-person for Q&A

Doc Night at Denver Film Society (Denver, CO)
Tuesday, February 18 at 7:00pm
* Merete & Christopher in-person for Q&A

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (Missoula, MT)
Thursday, February 20 at 7:00pm
* Merete & Christopher in-person for Q&A

Michigan Technological University Green Film Series (Houghton, Michigan)
Thursday, February 20 at 7:00pm




TINY Premieres on Al Jazeera America Presents this Sunday 11/24

Screenshot of premiere times on AJAM

TINY: A Story About Living Small will have its US cable television premiere THIS SUNDAY at 9E/6P on Al Jazeera America.

It has been a wild 2 1/2 years. From when we first took the leap and decided to commit to building our Tiny House all the way through the film festival circuit, we have had such wonderful support from the Tiny House community and all of those who are inspired by simple living around the world. All of the support we have received while making the film drives us to get it out there as soon as possible. And while we have been happy to share it with those people who happen to live in communities around the world where it has screened in festivals, we have been dying to make TINY available for everyone to see and hopefully be inspired by. So when we say that we are thrilled to be able to present TINY on Sunday to US audiences, you can trust that we mean it.

Two things to note: 1) Al Jazeera America is a relatively new 24hr news channel similar to CNN. It is available on most satellite and cable television netowrks but you will have to check your local provider to find out for sure. 2) For the television version only, TINY has been shortened a bit so that it can fit in an one hour time slot. The official version is actually about 10 minutes longer.

Now, we know a lot of people don’t have cable television or do not get Al Jazeera America. For you we hope to be able to make TINY available online for you stream or download sometime in the near future. Also, DVDs are still coming and will be available soon. Hang in there!

For Canadians: TINY premiered on the CBC Documentary channel last weekend, but check with them as they plan on airing repeats of TINY through out the next year. It will also be available in Canada on iTunes and other digital platforms very soon!

November: Upcoming Screenings


Where to See TINY During the Month of November:

American Conservation Film Festival, West Virginia:
Saturday November 2, 1:15pm
Sunday November 3, 4:50pm

Driftless Film Festival, Mineral Point, Wisconsin:
Saturday November 9, 4:00pm
* Local Tiny House builder Hannah Adams will be present for Q&A

Mt. Hood Film Festival, Hood River, Oregon:
Saturday November 9, 4:00pm

Festival of Moving Media, Guelph, Canada:
Sunday November 10, 4:30pm
* Post-film discussion led by progressive city planner on how to live “tiny” in Guelph.

Ojai Film Festival, California:
Saturday November 9, 12:30pm
Monday November 11, 12:30pm
* Local Tiny House builder (and friend!) Vina Lustado will be displaying her newly completed Tiny House

Napa Valley Film Festival, California:
Friday November 15, 9:30pm
* Tiny House Blog editor Kent Griswold and Tiny House owners (and characters in the film) Catherine Zola Allen & Pacifico Lima will be present for Q&A

DOC NYC, New York City:
Saturday November 16, 4:00pm
* Both Christopher and Merete will be present for Q&A. Celebratory party to follow screening!

October Screenings

October brings a whole bunch of TINY screenings at film festivals around the US, and in Canada and Korea. Click on the links below for more info and to purchase tickets: 

Bend Film Festival, Oregon:
Friday October 11, 5:30pm
Saturday October 12, 6:00pm
* Christopher & Merete will be present for Q&A

Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, Arizona:
Saturday October 12, 3:00pm

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Arkansas:
Monday October 14, 4:00pm
Wednesday October 16, 12:15pm

EIDF, Korea:
October 18-25 (screening times TBD)

Hollywood Film Festival, Los Angeles, California:
Sunday October 20, 7:00pm
* Christopher will be present for Q&A

Tallgrass Film Festival, Wichita, Kansas:
Friday October 18, 1:30pm
* Merete will be present for Q&A

Grand River Film Festival, Canada:
Wednesday October 23, 7:00pm

American Conservation Film Festival, West Virginia:
Saturday November 2, 1:15pm
Sunday November 3, 4:50pm

July Screenings: Topanga, Indianapolis, and Gimli!

July: Upcoming Screenings in California, Indianapolis, and Canada

We’re keeping the TINY momentum going through the heat of summer with handful of screenings this month in towns across North America. Click on the links below for info about each screening and how to find tickets:

Los Angeles, CA: Topanga Film Festival
Friday July 19, 4:30pm at the Topanga Library Community Room

Indianapolis International Film Festival
Sunday July 21, 11:00am
Tuesday July 23, 1:00pm

Gimli, Canada: Gimli International Film Festival
Sunday July 28, 11:00am

Please help us to spread the word about these screenings by sharing, tweeting, emailing, and sharing the info with friends in these cities. We want as many people as possible to see this film, and can’t do it without your grassroots support!

May: Upcoming Screenings in Indianapolis, San Francisco, Telluride, and The Berkshires!

After a whirlwind April with screenings in Canada and across the US, we’re excited to keep the TINY film festival tour going with three screenings during the month of May. Click on dates below for details and ticketing information. We hope to see many of you this month!

Indianapolis, Indiana

Saturday, May 11
A special outdoor “Popped-Up” Screening to celebrate next month’s Indianapolis Indy Film Fest

San Francisco, California

Wednesday, May 22
Outdoor Screening sponsored by the San Francisco Green Film Festival & SPUR Urban Center


Telluride, Colorado: Mountainfilm

May 24-27, 2013
(Featuring a special appearance of our Tiny House!)


Great Barrington, Massachusetts: Berkshire International Film Festival

Saturday, June 1, 11:45am
Sunday, June 2, 11:30am

April: Upcoming Screenings in Minneapolis, Toronto, and Boston.

On the heels of our SXSW premiere in Austin, Texas last month, we are excited to continue sharing the film with audiences around the country!

Here are the upcoming screenings scheduled for the month of April, along with links to purchase tickets:

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota:

Thursday, April 25, 7:30pm (click dates for more info and to purchase tickets)
Saturday, April 27, 4:10pm

Toronto, Canada:

Sunday, April 28, 9:15pm (click dates for more info and to purchase tickets)
Monday, April 29, 4:00pm
Sunday, May 5, 1:30pm

Boston, Massachusetts:

Sunday, April 28, 9:00pm at The Somerville Theatre (click for info and to purchase tickets)

We hope to see you there, and will be announcing other screenings in coming months soon! If you don’t live in any of these cities but know people who do, and who might be interested to see the film, feel free to share this link. A DIY, grassroots project through-and-through, we’re relying on word of mouth to let people know where and when they can see the film.


Upcoming Events: “TINY” in the Classroom, Idaho Annual Planning Conference, and Beyond.

As we power through final edits on the film and prepare for a host of film festival submissions, we’re getting excited for a busy autumn, full of sneak peek screenings and tiny house discussions.

Below is a list of the various events where we’ll be speaking and/or showing bits and pieces of the film. If you are in the area for any of these events, we’d love for you to stop by and say hey!

From first grade classrooms to urban planning conferences to tiny house building workshops, we’re excited to hear from such diverse crowds. And, of course, stay tuned in the coming months for info on the official premier of the completed film! We’ll be posting updates here and also on the “TINY” facebook page.

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