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What is home? And how do we find it? In this 2014 feature documentary, one couple's attempt to build a 'tiny house' with no construction experience raises questions about sustainability, good design and the changing American Dream.
Created by

Merete Mueller

196 backers pledged $11,062 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Conrad Cunningham on July 19, 2012

      Thanks for the updates! I'm very excited this will be a feature length documentary... I'm sure this has been and will be quite an adventure before everything is said and done! Have fun!

    2. Creator Merete Mueller on May 7, 2012

      Hi Conrad,

      We are looking into pricing and discussing the possibilities for Blue-ray, but would love to offer an HD version of possible. Of course for everyone out there who doesn't have a Blu-ray player, we'll be sending out regular DVDs. Thanks for asking!

    3. Creator Conrad Cunningham on May 4, 2012

      Is this going to be DVD or Blu-ray release... I would love a High Definition copy/download!

    4. Creator Nicholas Gomez on December 15, 2011

      Congrats.!!! Pretty awesome !

    5. Creator Michael Kriskovic on December 15, 2011

      CONGRATULATIONS!!! 11k+! That's pretty incredible!

    6. Creator Merete Mueller on December 15, 2011

      Thank you so much everyone!! We could not have done this without all of you—no amount was too little, and everything meant so much to us.

      More to come as soon as we finish our celebratory dance and catch our breath!

    7. Creator david coryell on December 15, 2011

      I can't wait to see your movie. I am also happy to be one of your backers, my only wish was that I could have donated more.

      Good job on exceeding your goal :)

    8. Creator Ryan Brod & Daniel Sites on December 13, 2011

      Congrats! Looking forward to seeing this!

    9. Creator Alek Hess on December 9, 2011


    10. Creator Pamela Devine on December 8, 2011

      Congratulations! I can't wait to see the film! : )

    11. Creator Oscar Valtierra on December 6, 2011

      Yea!! Sweet we made it!! Can't wait to see this!!

    12. Creator Merete Mueller on December 6, 2011

      Yeah we made 100% ! Thank you so much to everyone to has contributed so far! With 8 days left, we are hoping to continue to far exceed our original goal. We'll use any extra funds for film festival submission fees and for 2 key aerial shots for the film. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported and shared the project. :)

    13. Creator Anna Branner on December 6, 2011

      WOOOOHOOOOO!!!! You did it! I knew you would. :)

    14. Creator StephenB on December 6, 2011


    15. Creator Merete Mueller on December 5, 2011

      Thanks everyone! We are soooo close!

    16. Creator StephenB on December 5, 2011

      Best of luck, Merete!
      This is gonna happen!!
      Can't wait to see the finished product.

    17. Creator Anna Branner on December 2, 2011

      So excited! You're almost there!!

    18. Creator Michael Kriskovic on December 2, 2011

      WooHoo!!! Getting SO close now! Go, go go! :-)

    19. Creator Merete Mueller on December 1, 2011

      Thanks Emma! Every little bit helps—we're excited too!

    20. Creator Emma on December 1, 2011

      so great that you're getting so close to your goal! i really want you to reach it so that i can see the film! well, and also so that you can have the fun of finishing your project - that, too :)

    21. Creator Merete Mueller on December 1, 2011

      Shanna, sounds like an amazing project! We'd love to hear more about it.

      And Kendra, thanks so much! We'd love to show you the house when it's completed—feel free to drop us a line via our website if you are in the Boulder neighborhood:

    22. Creator Kendra Robinson on December 1, 2011

      The trailer looks amazing -- you guys are obviously doing a fantastic job! I'm so happy I can be a small part of making it happen... and look forward to seeing the completed film and hopefully maybe get a glimpse of the house! My husband and I hope to someday too have a tiny home in the Colorado wilderness... so maybe we can be neighbors with Chris! :)

    23. Creator Shanna Smith on November 30, 2011

      I'm working with a group of teenagers that are planning to build a tumbleweed style tiny house this summer. We can't wait to see this documentry.

    24. Creator Merete Mueller on November 22, 2011

      Hi Angela,

      Thanks so much for your support of the project and congrats on your new tiny home! If you'd like to share any photos of your new house with us, feel free to email them to speakthunderfilms [at] We love seeing people's houses and are always gaining new ideas and inspiration from seeing how other people live in their own small spaces. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    25. Creator Angela Leslee on November 22, 2011

      I just moved into my own Tiny house in Hawaii 3 weeks ago. The short trailer for this film was very engaging, I look forward to seeing the whole thing. Part of the beauty of this movement I think is the passion it inspires in everyone involved in it, on all levels. The love, care and enthusiasm my builder put into my house was incredible.

    26. Creator Merete Mueller on November 20, 2011

      Suzanne, it's good to hear from another Coloradan—thanks for your support!

      And Shannon, thanks or your kinds words—we look forward to sharing the project with you!

    27. Creator Shannon Piercy Alvarez on November 15, 2011

      Projects such as these that promote sustainability, simplicity and creativity bring me joy. Good luck!

    28. Creator Suzanne on November 15, 2011

      Good Luck on the project! I'm from the mountains of Colorado, originally, and am thrilled to see you building your dream there!

    29. Creator Tammy Strobel on November 11, 2011

      Good luck Merete and Christopher! :)

      Tammy and Logan.
      Portland, OR

    30. Creator Anna Branner on November 10, 2011

      Greg and I are so excited for you! We can't wait to see the movie all finished.

    31. Creator Merete Mueller on November 10, 2011

      Mark, thanks for the tip about People of Mountain Village. If we exceed our goal, we're hoping to use some of those funds to do some aerial shots of exactly what you describe—some of the large sprawling suburbs outside of Denver.

      Alek, thanks so much for supporting and thank your family and Lauren too! (Christopher also says hi.) We'll def be in touch about ways to help out.

    32. Creator Alek Hess on November 10, 2011

      This is a brilliant project! I grew up in Boulder, CO and currently live in Denver. I went to school with Lauren Callaway who originally turned me onto this through Facebook.

      My younger brother Russ is in the CU film school and plans on becoming a backer as well. We'd love to lend a hand in anyway possible. The entire Hess family wishes you the best on making your goals and can't wait for the completed product!

    33. Creator Mark Harvey on November 9, 2011

      It looks like a great project. I hope you can get some footage of the really massive houses out there and some aerials of the cookie-cutter, cul-de-sac nightmares. Also footage of the large trucks hauling lumber and quarried rock. Have you seen Lost People of Mountain Village? Highly recommend seeing it for the satire value of overbuilt places (upper Telluride). Looking forward to seeing the end project.

    34. Creator Merete Mueller on November 9, 2011

      Thanks Martijn and Emma! We're excited to share the film with you all. And Martjin—even though you can't make it to Colorado just yet, we'll be posting lots of video footage once the house is complete, to hopefully give you a virtual idea of what it's like to live inside. :)

    35. Creator Martijn The on November 9, 2011

      Inspiring stuff!
      I would like to spend a weekend in the house, but taking a flight to US for just that...

      rom The Netherlands.

    36. Creator Emma on November 7, 2011

      I've been thinking a lot about building my own tiny home. I'm really excited to see the film!