Twenty-two-year-old Aura (writer/director Lena Dunham) returns home to her artist mother’s TriBeCa loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her YouTube page, a boyfriend who’s left her to find himself at Burning Man, a dying hamster, and her tail between her legs. Luckily, her train-wreck childhood best friend never left home, the restaurant down the block is hiring, and ill-advised romantic possibilities lurk around every corner. Aura quickly throws away her liberal-arts clogs and careens into her old/new life: a dead-end hostess job, pathetic Brooklyn “art shows,” drinking all the wine in her mother’s neatly
organized cabinets, competing with her prodigious teenage sister, and desperate sex in a giant metal pipe. Surrounded on all sides by what she could become, Aura just wants someone to tell her who she is. Tiny Furniture was shot in Dunham’s family home on a Canon 7D camera, and co-stars the filmmaker’s mother (photographer Laurie Simmons) and precocious sister Grace. Winner of the Best Narrative Feature Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival.