Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Green Film Series to present documentary on living small Feb. 20 at Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON -- The Green Film Series continues at Michigan Tech with the documentary Tiny: a movie about living small, which will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Atrium and G002 Hesterberg Hall, Michigan Tech Forestry Building. The 62-minute film will be followed by coffee, dessert and facilitated discussion until 8:30 p.m. The event is FREE. A $3 donation is suggested.

The "tiny house" movement can be traced back as far as Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. Thoreau’s ideal of simplifying life, considering which comforts and possessions can be done without in order to live a life that is "more deliberate," rings true for many. Whatever their motivation, Tiny House owners have come up with some inspiring designs and innovations for living comfortably in small spaces.

From 1970 to 2010, the average size of a new house in America has almost doubled. Yet in recent years, many are redefining their American Dream to focus on flexibility, financial freedom, and quality of life over quantity of space. These "Tiny Housers" live in homes smaller than the average parking space! Tiny takes us inside six of these homes, exploring the owners’ stories and the design innovations that make them work. Tiny is about a generation that is more connected, less tied-down than ever, and a society redefining its priorities in the face of a changing financial and environmental climate.

Dream big and imagine living small! Visit with "tiny home" owners and builders and gather resources.

The Green Film Series, showing one film a month from January to May, is co-sponsored by Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society, the Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and the Keweenaw Land Trust -- with partial funding from the Keweenaw Community Foundation Environmental Endowment.

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