A movie about people. And tea.
A movie about people. And tea.
Living in the US, everything in your life is brought to you by tea.
Li-tea-rally. Every. Thing.
The United States of America was founded on the movement for in-tea-pendance from Britain, those lovely imperialists who had colonized the area in order to fund trade with China--trade for tea.
Mind blown yet? The United States as a country and an economy is built entirely on tea.
Now it's time to take a look at where tea has landed us in the Twen-tea-First Century.
We're punning our way through all sides of tea and the modern tea industry. Whether you're a Lipton lover or exclusively tea-voted to Lapsang Souchong, those leaves in a cup means that you belong to the communi-tea.
Hear from tea drinkers all around the country, like Nicole Martin, the number one tea blogger in the world who writes for Tea For Me Please (www.teaformeplease.com), as well as industry experts like Patrick Medina. We're going all over for tea, from traditional tearooms in NYC, to Seattle Starbucks grab-n-go-getters, in the hopes of answering a simple question: why do you drink tea?
You see, drinking tea is a lot like being Batman. You go about your business as Bruce Wayne, hum de dum dum, and only under cover of night can you get out and do something you love. Granted, we can drink tea anytime we want, and in public, but what about our reasons for it? Letting that narra-tea-ve go unspoken still feels like a secret identi-tea.
Now we realize just how many people out there are also into the leafy stuff. It's not the world's most popular beverage--short of water--for nothing.
Which leads to the other half of our film: where does tea come from?
Before trekking off with international explorer and hardcore tea ethusiast Jeff Fuchs (http://www.jefffuchs.com/) down China's Tea Horse Road, see for ourselves where and how it all began, we check out where people are actually buying tea. We're in-tea-rviewing at tea shops, bou-tea-ques, online vendors--even grocery stores. Learn the story behind companies like Adagio (www.adagio.com) and Yezi Tea (www.yezitea.com), two home-grown ventures that are taking the tea world by storm.
Plus, we'll be hearing from tea farmers at Tealet Tea (www.tealet.com), the folks who are also providing our wicked awesome rewards for dona-tea-ng to the Kickstarter campaign.
Get involved, and li-tea-rally tag your town
The Snooty Tea Blog has the guide to making your own #Communitea-bags right here.
So, why donate?
1. Free tea.
2. Supporting local businesses, social development, and international leaf love.
3. Really good free tea.
Not to mention, you get to actually be in the movie! By backing this project, you get to take off the Bruce Wayne costume for a bit, and don your Batman gear for everyone to see. And we'll love you for it.
To do jus-tea-ce to this project, the funding will allow for professional quali-tea recording equipment, along with transportation and some places to crash when we're not being caffeina-tea-d.
If you or your company would like to par-tea-cipate in the project, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to the Communi-tea.
Risks and challenges
A travel-heavy documentary is fraught with potential mishaps, like delayed flights, lost or stolen equipment, uncooperative tea companies, language barriers, software malfunctions--and, of course, trolls.
Nothing is unsolvable. Unforeseen expenses will be covered out of pocket. I come armed with extensive travel experience throughout the United States and abroad, plus a couple of extra languages at my disposal. Additionally, the risk of illness slowing production is significantly diminished due to drinking tea, which has a multitude of health benefits supported by studies across the globe. Should any other physical injury occur, it will still be possible to travel and film, as the only change will be method of transportation and accommodations.
Once filming is complete, in the event of the ultimate catastrophe--all footage lost without hope of recovery--the documentary would converted into a written narrative, and the funding will go towards publishing. The thank-you rewards for donors would remain the same, with a hard copy of the book included instead of a DVD.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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