The Meaning of Tea is a 74-minute documentary film exploring the calm and purposeful nature of "tea life." It is an ongoing, tea-inspired journey that celebrates the history, rituals, spirituality, and simple, pure enjoyment of tea through the eyes of tea lovers in places where tea is revered—from India to Ireland, Taiwan to Japan, South Dakota to Morocco. Through inspiring interviews with people in the world of tea—tea pickers and plantation owners, street sellers, traders, teapot makers, tea tasters, and tea scholars—The Meaning of Tea explores the profoundly positive role that tea can play in the renewal of our modern world. The Meaning of Tea is also accompanied by a book and a CD of the film's original tea-inspired music. Each one explores the underlying sentiment of tea. Scott Chamberlin Hoyt is a filmmaker, photographer, painter, budding tea connoisseur, and director of The Meaning of Tea project. His longtime interest in tea deepened when he began studying various alternatives to orthodox modern medicine and learned that enjoyment of tea is one of the cornerstones of living life well. His perspective is augmented by years of world travel, and by decades of exploration into Eastern thought. Scott is on the board of directors for Global Learning Across Borders, a member of the Directors Circle for the American Botanical Council, and president of the Tibetan Classics Translators Guild of New York. He holds a BS in Business Administration and an MBA from New York University. Film will start promptly at 7 p.m. with a 6:30–7:00 p.m. cocktail. Dinner also available for purchase. Q&A with the filmmaker after the movie.
$8/person; includes program, a drink of your choice and tasting of fine teas.