“The House of Tomorrow” Feature Film

From a scene in “House of Tomorrow” – Ellen Burstyn and Asa Butterfield in the Natural Spaces Screen Porch Dome, one of the 4 domes used for filming. 

The House of Tomorrow


A feature length movie by director Peter Livolsi, producers Tarik Karam and Danielle Renfrew Behrens, and executive producers Ellen Burstyn and Nick Offerman.

The film was shot at the 8 dome complex of Tessa Hill & Dennis Odin Johnson in North Branch, Minnesota. Their company, Natural Spaces Domes, designs, manufactures and constructs geodesic domes, operating out of their North Branch facility.

The House of Tomorrow was filmed during July 2016 in various parts of 4 domes on the North Branch property along with other sites in and around Minneapolis and St. Paul. The movie uses the domes for spectacular backdrops to the main characters in the film. The vast acreage provided space for 8 – 10 trailers used for production offices, dressing rooms, wardrobes, set furniture, props, along with space for 2 large tents for food prep and dining and the scores of cars used by the 40 to 50 person production crew, stars and extras.

Nationwide Launch – April 20th, 2018!

Shout! Studios has acquired North American rights to “The House of Tomorrow,” the multi-platform distribution company plans to launch the film theatrically nationwide on April 20, 2018.

Click here for Shout! Studios press release.

The Film’s first premier was April 8th, 2017 at the San Francisco International Film Festival in the S.F. Museum of Modern Art Theatre. Showings were held at additional film festivals in New York City, Chicago, Austin, TX, Tokyo, and Napa Valley, CA during 2017.

Read the First Review!

“The House of Tomorrow”: Asa Butterfield anchors an exemplary cast (Nick Offerman, Ellen Burstyn and Alex Wolff) in a heartwarming feature about inventive minds and quirky families and friends. “House of Tomorrow” is a compassionate and funny coming-of-age tale about a teen (Butterfield) living cloistered away with his grandma (Burstyn) in a landmark eco-home and the unanticipated bond he develops with a volatile heart transplant recipient (Wolff) who loves punk rock music. Quite simply, it’s one of the best YA novel-adapted films I’ve seen..(April 8, SFMOMA; April 9, Dolby; April 13, SFMOMA)

By RANDY MYERS, CORRESPONDENT | Mercury News, Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: March 30, 2017 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: March 30, 2017 at 12:39 pm 

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“Movie based on the novel The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni. This coming of age tale pairs a homeschooled boy raised on the wisdom of Buckminster Fuller and a recent heart transplant recipient. The release date for this movie is in 2018.” – August 31, 2017 Article By 


The House of Tomorrow stars Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman, Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, and Maude Apatow.


Ellen Burstyn, award winning actress, stars as the grandmother who home schooled her grandson for 10 years in her dome, teaching him in the philosophy of Bucky Fuller.

Nick Offerman (without his trademark mustache and beard) with Tessa Hill, on the movie set, inside Tessa’s dome.

Maude Apatow, Asa Butterfield, Tessa Hill and Alex Wolff – on the movie site in North Branch, Minnesota.









Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolfe talking to director Peter Livolsi with the production crew waiting for direction.

Asa Butterfield trying some Minnesota Tater-Tot Hot Dish with Ellen Burstyn (in background reading between takes)

The main living room of Tessa Hill and Dennis Johnson’s “Bear Creek Dome” where, in the opening scenes from the “House of Tomorrow” movie, we watch young star Asa Butterfield repel down the outside of the 33′ high dome, walking on the glass skylights.

Here are some of the press releases involving “The House of Tomorrow”:

The Hollywood Reporter: Asa Butterfield Learns About Alex Wolff in ‘House of Tomorrow’ Clip (Exclusive Video)

StarTribune: “St. Paul writer’s second novel was a big surprise”

MPR : Nick Offerman, Ellen Burstyn film “The House of Tomorrow” in Minnesota

The Falmouth Enterprise – “Reception And Film Aim To Preserve Dome In Woods Hole”

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