Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
Directors: Merete Mueller and Christopher Smith
2013, 62 min.
Tiny is a documentary about home, and how we find it. The film follows one couple’s attempt to build a Tiny House from scratch, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into houses smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about sustainability, good design, and the changing American Dream.
Merete Mueller (Writer, Co-director/Producer)
Merete is a writer and filmmaker currently based in Brooklyn, NY. With a background in fiction writing and journalism, Merete has worked as the Managing Editor of elephant journal, a former print magazine that she helped transition to an online publication, now with a monthly reach of over one million readers. In 2010, she worked with environmental journalist Simran Sethi on a book and multimedia project, The Green Brain, which looked to behavioral psychology for insights on how to better engage people around environmental issues. A freelance journalist throughout, Merete has published essays and articles in a number of print and online magazines and continues to be a regular columnist on The Huffington Post and elephant journal. Merete’s skills as a writer and instinct about story proved useful while making her first feature documentary (in collaboration with Christopher Smith), TINY: A Story About Living Small. Merete is especially drawn to stories of people living “close to the bone,” which she defines as people not only living simply, but also honestly and often in vulnerable situations. She believes that there is magic in ordinary moments, and it is these moments that create the context in which humanity thrives. Her work as a writer and filmmaker explores the human condition through the lens of small details and fleeting moments.
Christopher Smith (Cinematographer, Co-director/Producer)
Originally from the Washington, DC area, Christopher currently splits his time between New York City and Boulder, Colorado, where he has lived for the past 12 years. He studied Cinematography and Producing at the Sydney Film School in Australia, and previously worked as a graphic designer, cinematographer and editor in Colorado and Los Angeles. Christopher uses his experience in media to call attention to issues of social justice and the environmental degradation of the American West. In 2009, he founded Speak Thunder Films, a production company dedicated to producing creative film and video content for a meaningful impact on our society and environment. Speak Thunder has produced projects for congressional candidates, non-profits and businesses. In addition to his certificate in filmmaking from Sydney Film School, Christopher holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver, and a BA in Philosophy and a certificate in non-profit management from University of Colorado, Boulder. He is currently producing and directing an upcoming short documentary that follows a nonprofit organization run entirely by young people as they endeavor to affect the outcome of a recent election in Colorado.
Portrait of a Memory
Director: Isaac Green-Diebboll
2013, 8 min.
*New York premiere
This experimental documentary shot in dramatic black and white cinematography evokes a quiet walk down a country road, a private dip in a pond, and lazy cows grazing on a hillside. Shot in upstate New York.