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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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J Haskins (30 days ago)
Annoying intro music!
Ankit Gupta (1 month ago)
🙏🙏
Nevermore Antiques (1 month ago)
Gal needs to shave her arm pits haha
john smith (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Народ выживает будто может, хуле. У их хотя бы тепло!
Daniel Rolin (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Intro music sounded haunting. The briefing narrative sounds like Sarah Conner from Terminator 2.
carolyn jill robinson (2 months ago)
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Ding (2 months ago)
Small as the sparrow is, it possesses all its internal organs.
Maria Lúcia Saraiva (2 months ago)
Alguém tem o link desse filme em português? Desde já agradeço
Dominic Hester (2 months ago)
What no Purple Mattress?
Stephanie Murray (2 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 (2 months ago)
That 'tiny' NY apart is considered large in paris !
Stephanie Murray (2 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 (2 months ago)
The music. Ugh!
Christopher Joseph (2 months ago)
trailer trash
biggestbrowneyes (2 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
phantom 309 (2 months ago)
oh the singing........so freaky.....had to trun off and watch something else....sad
Rena Swiss (2 months ago)
I'm planning to build my tiny home.
Virginia Volousky (2 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 (2 months ago)
What is the name of the song at the beginning of the video???
truthful hyperbole (2 months ago)
Can have Job and dog at same time tho in tiny home
Michael Goldsholl (2 months ago)
Please tell me you didn't say 800.00 a month!!!!! is that actually what you pay ?
chris goodayle (2 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 (2 months ago)
Why is the narrator speaking like it's post apocalypse?
Ryan Devlin (2 months ago)
narrators voice is crazy boring
Sara Purdy (2 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 (3 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 (3 months ago)
Love all your video's, people are so happy with their lifes awesome!!!
Ross Eion Tought (3 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 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Music stinks.
Angela Winters (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Yeah live simple
Joel Huppe (4 months ago)
Does anyone else pause whenever you see someone's library to see what they're reading ? :D
Mr Cabot (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
800 a month? OMG!???
SONJA FUTERMAN (4 months ago)
GOD BLESS AMERICA SONJA FUTERMAN 1830 SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY USA MY ROOTS SONJA SCHOOKCRAFT FUTERMAN 20 PER CENT INDIAN AMERICAN
Lebron Jordan (4 months ago)
If I can turn back time, I would do it and learn to build a tiny house. Very encouraging and impressive!👍
💀✌ Chillll (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
I like how one guy explained that McMansions were a fad.
team14robot (4 months ago)
Intro vocals are REALLY creepy!
David Lee (4 months ago)
Bury your pointy heads in the ground. I'm building an addition!
mad4tarmac (4 months ago)
did that 16 year old just say Santa claus gave him the outdoor cooker???????
F LS (5 months ago)
The stone cave❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️
F LS (5 months ago)
Bravo 👏🏼 meaningful, heartfelt, logical , cost efficiency, .....I'm so down for this👍🏼👌🏼✌🏼❣️
Fercho (5 months 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 (5 months ago)
That's an amazing documentary you've made, Kirsten. Made my day. Thanks you.
Ryan Skye (5 months 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 (5 months ago)
Did the guy say , $800, or a hundred a month fir 78 sf
Michael Doster (5 months ago)
Good stuff! Thanks!
Robert Atwood (6 months ago)
Sure did like that early 70 model Dodge at the end
supremecam (6 months ago)
issa dope
john smith (6 months ago)
The narrators voice is annoying.....why are u speaking in a deep whisper?? And what was that dreadful sound in the intro..sounds like a dying cat.
Heather Mitchell (6 months ago)
I am just now starting the process of making plans for my tiny home... havent decided if I am going to get a shell built and then do the rest on my own or get the complete thing done. I am TOTALLY in love with one and its perfect for me to live in... so I'm leaning towards getting it built. But it will take awhile for me to save up the money... hmm... I WANT IT NOW!! LMAO!! I love tiny
B (7 months ago)
I've been living in a small house, not tiny, approx. 8oo square feet, on one acre, for 25 years. Haven't made a mortgage payment in 12 years. Renovating it is awesome. You don't need a big quarter million dollar cheaply built home to show off and be in debt for life. Debt free living is freedom and happiness!
joe fran (7 months ago)
Tiny home for second vacation home, but to live in? Fuck that shit! Media trying to convince us that it's cool and great to live in a doll house. So who runs the media? The rich corporate fucks that take and take and throw you an occasional bone to chew on.
TACT (7 months ago)
$3,500 in 1950 equals $35,805.59 in 2017 re:15:33
consistently loyal 81 (8 months ago)
I get hooked on these videos.
Attic Brats (8 months ago)
What was behind that door in the 72sq ft apt?
Kimmie Elzain (8 months ago)
I was totally engaged the entire time! I NEVER sit this long for TV/YouTube shows. This is the first time realizing that your family travels with you. I enjoy your videos so much! Like the downsizing of homes, I live your downsizing of language. You are easy to listen to and you both are great videographers. Thanks so much for this journey. I live in Canada but we also have a home in Sudan. Perhaps you would like to visit there some time. ? You children are also lovely and well behaved.
Cathy Anderson (8 months ago)
DO PEOPLE REMEMBER THAT INDIGENOUS PEOPLE LIVED IN HOMES SMALLER THAN THAT TOGETHER IN VILLAGES WITH ONE PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CONGREGATED FOR STORYTELLING AND COMING FOR LARGER FOOD MEALS? THIS IS NOT A NEW IDEA ITS EXTREMELY OLD IDEA TO LIVE CLOSE TO THE EARTH WITH A TINY ALMOST INVISIBLE FOOTPRINT> SORRY EVERYONE ABOUT CAPS MY WHOLE KEYBOARD IS TOGGLING BETWEEN ALL CAPS AND ALL SMALL LETTERS AND NO NUMBERS WHATSOEVER> HOW FUN IS THAT??
EarsMusic Music (9 months ago)
Enjoyed Your Film/Movie and it's full if Great World,Info.Thank U👍
m3 k (9 months ago)
Hoe your house is huge
Patricia Silvia (9 months ago)
Awesome documentary. Thank you for all your hard work 😍
Jennifer E (9 months ago)
What a great life skill that teenager is gaining. He is learning carpentry, plumbing, etc. I think that is awesome! :)
Pamela Olger (9 months ago)
Love this, traveling on my phone.. Small living.. Not the trappings of life, holding you down!!!! Well done video....❤ the music!!
Scotty Long (9 months ago)
Very inspiring
David Hood (10 months ago)
why oh why in the us there is always an abandoned dodge in the grounds.
Saving peace (1 year ago)
Down thumb just for the music change it everyone hates it
Wichal Rangai (1 year ago)
the lady @ 15:00 has a doppelganger/(lost) twin in prague who sows too..
randolph torres (1 year ago)
THANKSGIVING
RANDOLPH TORRES (1 year ago)
Kristen: Thanks much for your hard work and beautiful videos. THANKSGIVING
C. A. (1 year ago)
I love the opening song! what's the name of it??
Magda 13 (1 year ago)
How many square meters is that? I come from a country where majority (or at least a big part) of people live in a tiny apartments(actually a post soviet apartments blocks) like 30-40 m2....and nobody makes a big deal from it LOL or make a movie about them.
Thank You Kirsten Dirksen for dreaming the dream well all dream! ☺✌
Doreen Forauer (1 year ago)
WoW France WoW...amazing and love love the stone...What a glorious way to live.
Heebly Deebly (1 year ago)
Legally = crown jurisdiction. Go lawful!!!
eliz49 (1 year ago)
Love how @ 12:24 made it real.
Nancy Gebhardt (1 year ago)
I raised my family in a split level.... Biggest regret... It was to big to foster togetherness. My small dining room kitchen was our gathering place.... I wonder sometimes if...
Nancy Gebhardt (1 year ago)
See the sunrise ... See the sunset... Not bad ... Not bad... Yes
Andrew Yang (1 year ago)
Looove this video! Thank you, Kirsten Dirksen!
Mel Rich (1 year ago)
Cool idea. I like the idea of the community living with the big building that everyone can use. There are some fancy city neighborhoods that are doing a similar thing. Gardening needs to be a part of your plan too. Thanks for sharing!
Audie Pastrana (1 year ago)
stupid music
the unUSEFULidiot (1 year ago)
Screw the haters. That opening track is lit af fam 🔥👌🏼
David Essam (1 year ago)
You didn't give up filming? Perhaps you should have.. by the time you said that, your film had already annoyed me sufficiently to stop it and look for something else to watch...
Karina` Smith (1 year ago)
They are right...there is no peace of mind owing money to a bank or to anybody else
Karina` Smith (1 year ago)
Real people, real situations.... great video, thank you for sharing
OLD BAY (1 year ago)
The gypsies had it figured out long ago.... bohemian all the way, life is not rules or expectations to live by, its a mystery to be lived.....
Steve B (1 year ago)
90 square ft? No thanks
Cynthia Anderson (1 year ago)
Loved this, thanks so much! I like the music, personally. For me, it fits the documentary feel.
Jeannie Carmona (1 year ago)
Loved and enjoy watching these young ppl that are not getting into debt over living in big mortgage bills and realizing that society can manipulate us and make us think that this is the norm and buy a big house or Condo and So glad these ppl are not being enslaved by that so called normal to have a Big mortgage payment 👍🏽 keep posting these informative videos
Chuckles (1 year ago)
30:31 what's going on with the one foot wide apartment building out the window?
Etangy (1 year ago)
I really liked the barcelona one with the cabinets and the one with 1 piece of furniture. It's just so fascinating!
CJ 17 (1 year ago)
Wee shelters
pudge (1 year ago)
57:55 Worth 600,00 thousand now. For that kind of cash in America,  I could OWN 50 acres and a large home I build myself, buy 2 brand new cars and have enough cash left over to retire on for 15 years, no problem.  WHY on earth would anyone pay that much FOR THAT . . WHAT A SCAM. I would love to sell your property and take a cool 300,000 thousand just to sell it, for realtor fees. YOUR SO GULLABLE YOU WOULD AGREE.
I love the movement and plan to join soon.
kim hay (1 year ago)
Awesome, I hope to open one in my area, thanks so much for your work
k buggers (1 year ago)
love this...but with 6 of us..we need to go a bit bigger. Maybe after the kids go

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