I stumbled into the Small House Movement by accident of location -- my parents live within miles of the tiny house poster boy Jay Shafer and his 89 square foot home, but within a couple of years I had become a part of it as one of the few, and most likely only, videographers documenting small shelters on a regular basis.
What the mainstream media overlooked
When I first interviewed Shafer five years ago, he was one of just a handful of "Tiny House People" visible to the press. In the past five years I've helped turn a handful of inhabitants of small shelters into micro-celebrities.
I continue to discover people who often aren't even aware there's a movement of their type (see Small House Society) of living in shipping containers, shacks, houseboats, converted garages, caves, tool sheds, former pigeon coops, Airstream trailers and treehouses. They don't all think alike, but all those I've interviewed see their decision to live small as a choice, and often as the most direct path to an examined, and happier, life.
faircompanies' first documentary
After filming hundreds of hours of tape, I am now telling my version on the tiny house story in the forth-coming documentary We the Tiny House People (Release date: April 23, 2012 via my youtube channel).
I'm reluctant to claim there's some sort of magic in small abodes. I'm sure some people are watching simply for the "house porn" (as Shafer describes it), but it's obvious these stripped-down shelters reveal for us the essence of home, and for many, make it a bit easier to "suck the marrow out of life" (Henry David Thoreau, 1854).
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