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We The Tiny House People (Documentary): Small Homes, Tiny Flats & Wee Shelters

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- Part 1 (Tiny houses): We the tiny house people - Part 2 (Tiny houses on the move): Summer of (family) love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Iti4JU5ObU - Part 3 (Urbanism of tiny houses): A spaghetti western of lean urbanism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3R4XNandug TV producer and Internet-video personality Kirsten Dirksen invites us on her journey into the tiny homes of people searching for simplicity, self-sufficiency, minimalism and happiness by creating shelter in caves, converted garages, trailers, tool sheds, river boats and former pigeon coops. -- "This extraordinary recalibration of what it means to live the good life"- TreeHugger -- "For those who find themselves dumbfounded, perplexed and curious regarding how individuals can make everyday-use of very tiny spaces." - The Blaze -- "The documentary focuses on the new craze sweeping American -- people living in Tiny Houses." - Weekly World News -- "The subject is fascinating." - Directors Live [** Rate it yourself on imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2148460/?licb=0.22999003025809306 ] Kirsten Dirksen is co-founder of faircompanies.com and a Huffington Post blogger. She has worked for MTV, Oxygen, The Travel Channel and Sundance Channel. Her documentaries include "Searching for Da Vinci's Secret" and "Translating Genocide: Journey to Sudan". "We the Tiny House People" is her first documentary to premiere on youtube. Documentary runtime: 1:21:47 Release: 2012 Director/producer/writer/shooter/editor: Kirsten Dirksen Concept & additional shooting/writing: Nicolás Boullosa Guerrero Features: Jay Shafer (Tumbleweed Tiny House Company), Austin Hay, Jenine Alexander (Forge Ahead Construction), Stephen Marshall (Little House on the Trailer), Suchin Pak (MTV, Hester Street Fair), Graham Hill (TreeHugger, LifeEdited), Felice Cohen, Luke Clark Tyler, Eric Schneider, Michael Chen (Normal Projects), Sarah Dickinson & family, Henri Grevellec, Matthieu de Marien (Fabre/deMarien Architects), Jérémie Buchholtz, Eva Prats (Flores Prats Architects), Christian Schallert, Pascual Alberola, Jorge Cortés (Enproyecto Arquitectura), Johnny Sanphillippo, Heather Wilcoxon Locations: California (Sonoma County, San Francisco, Sausalito); New York City; Hawaii; France (Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, Grezille, Puy-Notre-Dame, Bordeaux); Spain (Barcelona, Ibort, Vall de Laguar). * For distributors/film festivals interested in television/theatrical release, please contact me directly at kirstendirksen [at] faircompanies [dot] com. Music credits: Sivia (Title track) http://sivia.bandcamp.com/ Dave Warstler (Healdsburg, NYC intro, French cave home, San Francisco) http://www.davewarstler.com/ My Life is Fireworks (Bordeaux apartment, Barcelona intro) http://www.youtube.com/user/MyLifeIsFireworks Kite (Barcelona Christian apartment) http://www.youtube.com/user/pvdbass More info on faircompanies: http://faircompanies.com/blogs/view/how-i-made-we-tiny-house-people/ http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/we-tiny-house-people-documentary-trailer/ http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/we-tiny-house-people-documentary/
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antonburger01 (17 days ago)
Great documentary! where can I get that song that plays at the beginning and end???
István Adamcsók (1 month ago)
Great film! Thank you very much! What the name song on the beginning?
RadioShack 1568 (1 month ago)
Big House's are PRISONS for DEBT - you need to make T-Shirts with that SLOGAN. Market them and make more money for more tiny/small house living. As soon as that phrase was said - I had to reply.
LisaB Fithian (1 month ago)
Thank you Kirsten for sharing such beautiful inspiration 😊
S!xtyN!ne Solo (1 month ago)
I actually liked the music. 😗
Nthern Star (1 month ago)
Bigger IS too many chores, good thinking kiddo.
Darren Chichester (1 month ago)
Kirsten Dirksen has to be the most amazing name ever! Although an old friend (married) is now named Monica Monica. Ha. Cheers from Bermuda KD! Great vids. DC
Leoca (2 months ago)
I really enjoyed this short film. I live on the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia, where small homes are pretty normal. I stumbled across this movement about a year ago, when I was looking for space saving solutions for my cozy space. I had no idea it was even a thing until then. I'm now obsessed. I've completely transformed my space with everything I've learnt from these amazing homeowners. I love your channel. Thank you so much for sharing.
Memewalker B (2 months ago)
Well, the 400 sq footer is pretty.
Memewalker B (2 months ago)
I like the tiny non-contiguous home way more than those ugly NYC tiny apartments..
C. E. Knight (2 months ago)
This was probably the best 'show' I have watched in the last 25 years !!!
C. E. Knight (2 months ago)
I was referring to the first house in Barcelona, 2nd house is great also. I liked the comments it has to be 'comfortable', that is the main thing, that you enjoy being at home as it is 'home'.
C. E. Knight (2 months ago)
The house in Spain uses some of the same principles used in the Philip Johnson 'Glass House'.
C. E. Knight (2 months ago)
Cutting back and 'edit your life' and the McMansion folks not figuring out life yet are so true statements. I have on my website the lady with the 90 sq ft. Love this documentary producer.
C. E. Knight (2 months ago)
Wonderful documentary. I have heard this voice before. But can listen to it all day.
C. E. Knight (2 months ago)
Such beautiful people. The girl from California in her small home. A place she built herself!
C. E. Knight (2 months ago)
I am impressed, the young boy has it all thought out as to what he wants it to be. And he did most of it himself. Used what he learned in school to do this, great!
C. E. Knight (2 months ago)
Her voice is so seductive. Could listen to her all day. He is very informative, but this home and production is so neat. Now I need to find out how I can get rid of much of what I carry around and have. Just thinking, much of what I own I hardly ever use. Do love my books though.
james gregory (2 months ago)
great job. im really impressed
Gil2727 (2 months ago)
Property taxes pay for Teachers/Police/Fire/DPW, etc. salaries and pensions. Who will pay these as tiny houses take off even more?
Wayne Pret (2 months ago)
Living in 350-400 SF is a matter of life quality we in America, generally speaking, live lives of excess
Wayne Pret (2 months ago)
Mortgage by definition means death grip. Morte=death Gage=grip
Melanie Bremner (2 months ago)
wow. There are some really great designs in this documentary. I would love to live in any of these homes.
wendy louise (2 months ago)
The house plumbing just dumps on the ground?
Regie Germar (2 months ago)
Could it be the reason for high rental costs and high land costs is the large and regular Tax that people pay such as the Real Property Tax?
Dididi Fish (2 months ago)
The beds look so comfortable
Carolina Wren (3 months ago)
Hopefully Ms Dirksen's success depicting society's outcasts, eccentrics and artists won't seduce her into doing a neocon conversion and become a Leni Riefenstahl for the military industrial academic complex
Scott Johnson (3 months ago)
In Center City Philadelphia there are "tiny" row houses that are three levels (Father, Son, Holy Ghost), basically a room on each floor.or two rooms (2nd floor bedroom/bathroom) As a student in the 60s I rented one, ($90/mo).
RJ Cooper (3 months ago)
Elegant Solutions 1 + all.
Bus Life 247 (4 months ago)
1:14:50 thanks for that idea (sink/tub) We think that may fit well in our shuttle bus! Great idea! Thank you Kirsten for going to all of the coolest places
Rodney Marshall (4 months ago)
This needs to be the future if the planet is to survive. Editing our lives and carbon footprints.
C B (4 months ago)
Loved watching it's a really well done video. Only thing is the music at the beginning since I usually have my auto play on it sometimes will play when I'm in the kitchen late at night and the lights are low. Maybe I'm just a big chicken but every time it freaks me out. Since you were probably going for that creepy feel...... good job it works!! Thanks for all the work that went into making the video it was a huge hit at my house and we shared it with lots of family and friends that also really loved it. Keep it up! 👍👍
S/V Adma (5 months ago)
It has been a while since I saw this first time. I can report back that in the mean time I bought a small flat, sold it recently with a modest profit and live on the boat in my thumbnail. No debt no mortgage. Thanks for having an impact on my life.
Zuleika D’Emilio (5 months ago)
One wise 16 year old!... My husband and I are looking for something small as well... Less debt... Less bills...
Towlie (5 months ago)
He can take a shit while he’s in the shower holy fuck
j Khakhlary (5 months ago)
I love tiny house
Saras Watkin (5 months ago)
This video is a surprise coming from a country where they seek advancement. This is not advancement it is regression to escapasim of "wendy house" or caveman type dwelling and justifying it as innovation. This is running away from the financial problems in this world which regress humankind and people should be dealing with the cause of the financial problems in every country in this world instead of running away from them.
Shee Travels (5 months ago)
Wow!!! 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆beautifully done !!!
Jeremy Zavier (5 months ago)
Kristen your voice in this video LOL
KEATS GIPSY Keats (5 months ago)
Brilliant
woo woo (6 months ago)
Thank you be blessed 😁
Elizabeth Long (6 months ago)
☼ ..thank you
Samsung Blues (7 months ago)
@18:12
Stevie Weevie (7 months ago)
This is fascinating. Like entering another world. I have a studio flat I've lived in for 25 years & I guess it would be classed as a Tiny House. I love it.
Barry Barry (7 months ago)
It's amazing that every single one of us will end up in the Tiniest house of all... beneath the ground, or within an urn... no longer living but residing!!!
James Rose (8 months ago)
People have been​ being forced by slumlords to live in small closets for a LONG time. For some crazy reason recently it has become a new fad to be screwed out of life's necessities like a bathroom, shower, and kitchen and just roll over and except it.
Paul best (8 months ago)
The more intelligent folks are already living in TH, or planning to get out of tradition homes and inti free and easy living with a TH. Its not rocket science ya know. I note one comment below, he well knows TH is the wise way to live, but due to market real estate prices slump in his area, he is forced to hang on til opportunity arises to dump. That conundrum requires great patience and fortitude. many will have to face that harsh reality as the RE market is now tanking, except in cities where Californians are flocking to, like Austin, Phoenix , all of Texas, Colorado, Arizona are benefiting from Californians dumping and leaving. Many will just have to take the hit and move, hard, very hard times ahead for thousands caught in the real estate trap. ~~~ mortgages on a property value below what they owe the bank. This will create family breakups, as one spouse can see the desparate need to dump for whatever,,and the other wanting to hang on to see if the market will go back up alittle. This extreme tension will create divorce, further exacerbating the ability to sell. Kids will become so depressed, suicidal. The TH movement will catch some of the fallout from this dilemma of a sinking real estate market. The real blame lies with the illuminati, with its promotion of greed, opulence, luxury as a good thing. Its coming, I say 50 yrs or less you will witness this crisis. .,
J Haskins (9 months ago)
Annoying intro music!
Ankit Gupta (9 months ago)
🙏🙏
Nevermore Antiques (9 months ago)
Gal needs to shave her arm pits haha
john smith (9 months ago)
I can definitely relate to these examples. My observation is that America needs to rethink its laws which seem to be based more on profit rather than human freedoms. Laws rationalized on purposely exaggerated safety requirements. Most of the homes shown are small just to bypass loopholes in this system. I would like the ability to have a LEGAL 200-300 cube foot home.
Sur Kumbad (9 months ago)
Народ выживает будто может, хуле. У их хотя бы тепло!
Daniel Rolin (9 months ago)
It’s a scary move to sell everything and take that leap. Someday I’ll get over the hump and make the move. I think one of the hardest things is to downsize, but I’m doing it slowly.
tiffsaver (10 months ago)
I've noticed what I consider to be a highly disturbing, even frightening trend. While searching for a potential small cabin to build on piece of land, I noticed a sudden and dramatic turn to what they are calling, "Tiny Houses." People are suddenly wanting to live in "homes" the size of what we used to call, "outhouses." People can live in anything or anywhere they want to, but that isn't my point. What I STRENUOUSLY OBJECT TO is that many of these same individuals are being FORCED to live in tiny living spaces, because they simply cannot afford anything bigger, or better. If you gave the average American the choice of eating a veggie burger for dinner or a prime, aged ribeye, I'd lay odds that they'd want the steak. For the first time in American history, most 25-year old single males are still living with their parents, instead of starting their own families, and building their own lives. I believe that 99% of Americans are having to turn to this alternative lifestyle out of PRESSING NEED, not because of a sudden desire to "protect the environment," or "for love of Mother Earth," or anything of the sort. That is the exact, same thing as claiming that a homeless person would prefer live in a 4x6 corrugated cardboard box, "because its better for the environment." I would suspect that some men in government would just prefer to call living in a discarded box, "alternative housing." People don't suddenly dream of residing in a house on wheels simply out of the blue, they do it because THEY HAVE TO. There's a big difference between "want to" and "have to." If you took, say, a family of five living in a tiny home, and gave them THE OPTION AND OPPORTUNITY to move into a "normal" house or apartment, I doubt whether they would prefer to remain in a living space the size of a typical RV, when they could upgrade to a larger, more commodious living space. Most of these tiny houses are intentionally built on wheels because they are FORCED to move when the city government forces them, with the help of the police, to leave areas where the permanent parking of these moveable homes is strictly forbidden. It's called, "get out, or else." If you fail to comply, you either lose your vehicle, or your tent, or your shopping cart, as the case may be. In essence, these temporary structures are nothing more than travel trailers, which over time have recently been upgraded to the more pleasant term, 'tiny houses.' But the words "pleasant" and "politically correct" both have a ring to them that I find equally disturbing. The individuals opting to live in tiny houses can no more afford to own the land they're situated on than afford a typical, permanent domicile, as evidenced by the record number of foreclosures and bankruptcies in America today, along with the creation of a massive real estate bubble that has not only made typical US homes no longer affordable, but when it bursts will create a tidal wave of mortgage failures that will make 2007 look like a trip to Disneyland. Just last year, New York City just broke ground for the very first "small apartment" high rise in Manhattan, but I highly doubt if Mayor Blasio will be moving into it anytime soon. What truly SHOCKS AND DISTURBS me is how our destroyed and failing economy is forcing people to live in exactly this kind of housing because, THEY CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO LIVE AS THEY USED TO. They can no longer afford the two-car garage, the hot tub, the swimming pool, or a new tract home with a view overlooking the mortgage, and reason is simple: All of our good jobs have been outsourced to once "Third World" countries, including China, India, Mexico, Brazil, the Philippines, even Southeast Asia, and regardless of what Donald Trump promises, THEY ARE NEVER COMING BACK. This isn't an idle theory, it's a sobering fact. Today, the majority of "new jobs" being offered are as baristas at the local Starbucks, office temps, retail sales, or as a domestic at a major hotel chain, and these jobs are already occupied up by illegal Mexicans or Central Americans. Look at the numbers. There are permanent closures of retail stores all over the country, leaving MILLIONS of Americans suddenly jobless, then homeless. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the gradual decline and ultimate destruction of the United States as we once knew it, the ultimate blueprint for disaster. Welcome to The New World Order, welcome to Tiny Houses.
Akmalany Prak (10 months ago)
Intro music sounded haunting. The briefing narrative sounds like Sarah Conner from Terminator 2.
carolyn jill robinson (10 months ago)
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Ding (10 months ago)
Small as the sparrow is, it possesses all its internal organs.
Maria Lúcia Saraiva (10 months ago)
Alguém tem o link desse filme em português? Desde já agradeço
Dominic Hester (10 months ago)
What no Purple Mattress?
Stephanie Murray (10 months ago)
Only americans store their shoes next to their food ! berk !!! AND they are always putting their feet up on sofas and beds with their shoes on ! not the most hygenic thing for a hygene conscious people.
Stephanie Murray (10 months ago)
That 'tiny' NY apart is considered large in paris !
Stephanie Murray (10 months ago)
It's odd that Americans either live in five bed/bath, 4 garage homes to this, there exists a middle ground like in europe where space is a premium but no one dreams of living in tiny spaces except on skiing holidays !
shazzabelle123 (10 months ago)
The music. Ugh!
Christopher Joseph (10 months ago)
trailer trash
biggestbrowneyes (10 months ago)
If someone is 6 ' 2" tall would a tiny house right for them ? Low price is about how much ? thanks ! Good for people with low income and who want to relocate .Thanks
Shameful 45 (10 months ago)
oh the singing........so freaky.....had to trun off and watch something else....sad
Rena Swiss (10 months ago)
I'm planning to build my tiny home.
Virginia Volousky (10 months ago)
what a delight to watch something that is so inspiring.. I live with my sister, 2 pups & a cat in a 800 sf home build by my father in 1957. it has gone thru some changes but still knowing that my father built it is my dearest treasure.
hojofan (10 months ago)
What is the name of the song at the beginning of the video???
truthful hyperbole (11 months ago)
Can have Job and dog at same time tho in tiny home
Michael Goldsholl (11 months ago)
Please tell me you didn't say 800.00 a month!!!!! is that actually what you pay ?
chris goodayle (11 months ago)
Being that I live and work in an area where “McMansions” are the norm,it’s refreshing to see people come up with these “little homes”.Given the staggering cost of the “regular home”,I can’t blame these people at all.
Eric Gain (11 months ago)
Why is the narrator speaking like it's post apocalypse?
Ryan Devlin (11 months ago)
narrators voice is crazy boring
Sara Purdy (11 months ago)
I agree with other people in that I wish the music was more cheery. This is an exciting time of people all over the world living smaller because they see the crippling weight of debt and they love and want to care for the environment. So to me it seems odd that the music makes me think of orphaned, slarving and abandoned children.
bettybassman (11 months ago)
Ha! I went to jays tiny house (Sebastopol) back in 2009. Since then (actually, before then...) I have been obsessed with tiny house living. And yes, I have followed jay ever since through his trials and tribulations. (You know what I mean) Now we have several mutual acquaintances and I hear often of jays woes. I have also seen Steven marshals tiny houses but never met him. He's not doing so well either. Neither jay or Steven are doing well. :(. OMG! You did Stephanie's 90 soft apt!? I saw that & loved it!!' Wow. You went to France to film those caves/under-ground houses??
Trinity Kay (11 months ago)
Love all your video's, people are so happy with their lifes awesome!!!
Ross Eion Tought (11 months ago)
News for you.., Banks don't use your property for security..., Banks will make you jump through these hoops to keep you on edge.
live foreverclara (1 year ago)
STERILIZE THEM PUT THEM IN A SHOE BOX THEN SEND THEM EARLY TO THEIR GRAVES AFTER THEIR PRIME OF LIVE HAS BEEN SUCKED THE HELL OUT. BUT WAIT IT GETS BETTER, THEY WILL DOWN SIZE YOU FURTHER BY SCRAPING CELLS OF YOUR BRAIN PUT THAT INTO A CYBORG AT NIGHT YOU WILL ONLY NEED A SPACE OF TWO BY TWO FEET AND A PLUG. TO THE NAY SAYERS THEY HAVE SCRAPED OUT MICE BRAIN CELLS AND HAVE TRAINED THEM TO DRIVE AIRPLANE SIMULATORS. THEY FEED THE BRAIN CELLS WITH TRACE AMOUNTS OF LIQUID FOOD TO KEEP IT GOING. CAN IT GET BETTER THAN THIS HELL YEAH ELIMINATE 90% OF THE HUMANS REPLACE THEM COMPLETELY WITH WAY MORE ADVANCE SOFIAS AND THATS THE END OF THE STORY GOOD NIGHT FOLKS IT WAS NICE KNOWING YOU ALL.
Rita Richardson (1 year ago)
Music stinks.
Angela Winters (1 year ago)
God, get rid of that noise! Sorry, but I had to leave the first time I tried to watch, it was so bad.
Ursula Mack (1 year ago)
Yeah live simple
Joel Huppe (1 year ago)
Does anyone else pause whenever you see someone's library to see what they're reading ? :D
Mr Cabot (1 year ago)
The new nomads of a trashed planet. Just like the hippies who left the cities back in the 1960's, for a 'better life in the country or commune' really just skipped out on the remainder of society which was ailing, diseased. All good one would think. But when they abandoned that sick society, the also abandoned hope of curing it and the disease raged out of control, putting humanity where it is today. That hippy element, whatever you wish to call it, was the only thing that stood in the way of the industrial chemical military elitist corporations and their corrupt politicians and without them organizing rallies, as had been done earlier, they were spread out all over, out of contact in so many ways. In many ways, the tiny house movement is the same. It is also widely promoted by the elitist media, you see TV programs about the Tiny House ideology all over the planet; it is cited as being better for people to minimise, reduce demands and so on. The alternative is being what, buried in garbage in swollen overcrowded and polluted cities? Our cities could be reclaimed, it is easy to do, creates jobs, reduces pollution and so much more. We are, in fact better off if we condense the space used by humans and return much of the converted lands, today fit only for human use, back to the wild. We need thousands marching in the streets to achieve that. Rather than the caves which cO2 will drive us into, why not highly technological cities that are clean, safe, healthy and filled with well educated people, self sustaining micro agriculture and free public services. Not a gated or sterile community either, a diverse, flexibly used agglomeration of resources, people and technology. New laws which improve outcomes rather than exacerbating cultural or other differences. When you use the global mass media as an education tool, rather than permitting it to brainwash oneself, you immediately start seeing correlations, the same methods being used over and over by an elite who are rather lacking in creativity and can only see the world one way; their way, the destructive, alcoholic (mild or otherwise, serves the same purpose, alco's ALWAYS make bad decisions). -wealth inequality and other such disparities. Psychopaths lack creativity among the other missing human elements, like compassion. Is not compassion the basis of art? The appreciation of beauty, of form, colour and such things? Why then is the world so ugly? Why do our children still breathe highly toxic, carcinogenic diesel fumes in these wasteland cities?
Sammy Sunshine (1 year ago)
800 a month? OMG!???
SONJA FUTERMAN (1 year ago)
GOD BLESS AMERICA SONJA FUTERMAN 1830 SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY USA MY ROOTS SONJA SCHOOKCRAFT FUTERMAN 20 PER CENT INDIAN AMERICAN
Lebron Jordan (1 year ago)
If I can turn back time, I would do it and learn to build a tiny house. Very encouraging and impressive!👍
💀✌ Chillll (1 year ago)
this house would only be tiny in a country with a lot of space. For a ducth person in a city this wouldnt be tiny.
Elizabeth Ross (1 year ago)
I like how one guy explained that McMansions were a fad.
team14robot (1 year ago)
Intro vocals are REALLY creepy!
D Lee (1 year ago)
Bury your pointy heads in the ground. I'm building an addition!
mad4tarmac (1 year ago)
did that 16 year old just say Santa claus gave him the outdoor cooker???????
F LS (1 year ago)
The stone cave❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️
F LS (1 year ago)
Bravo 👏🏼 meaningful, heartfelt, logical , cost efficiency, .....I'm so down for this👍🏼👌🏼✌🏼❣️
Fercho (1 year ago)
Stopped watching after narrator says "I use to work in television, but I left it all behind to move to Spain..." Yuppies, trying to live a "simple" life in the most fashionable way. Sorry, but these are well off (not rich) folks who want to play pretend while at the same time selling you an idea for monetary gain. Small house, big bank account. And it's not the same as me writing a novel and making a whole bunch of money from it, because at least there is a level of creativity, complexity, and effort and reward. It just seems very fake and shallow to me. Just my two cents.
Bartlomiej Piech (1 year ago)
That's an amazing documentary you've made, Kirsten. Made my day. Thanks you.
Ryan Skye (1 year ago)
Hey! How are you Doing today? I started listening to this musician who goes by the name Cammy-Kun he is really cool dude, and I hope more people check out his art instead of sleeping on him. You should check him out, he usually makes music about bullying, depression and other cool topics people can relate to. You would love it, I promise.
Donna D in Miss (1 year ago)
Did the guy say , $800, or a hundred a month fir 78 sf
Michael Doster (1 year ago)
Good stuff! Thanks!
Robert Atwood (1 year ago)
Sure did like that early 70 model Dodge at the end

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