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This month we are interviewing Scott Chamberlin Hoyt, filmmaker, photographer, painter, budding tea connoisseur and director of The Meaning of Tea project.


GAIL/THE TEA HOUSE TIMES:  Scott, I am sure there are many who would like to ask you directly - What is the ‘Meaning’ of tea?  What is it about tea that is so meaningful to so many people? Why do people speak of tea and its greatness on so many levels? -- But the answer is so different for each individual. And, for this reason, your film and book truly bring to light the meaning that many of us seek, especially those new to tea that have not yet discovered its meaning and how it connects us all so deeply.  So, I will ask you - What does tea mean to You?  


SCOTT/THE MEANING OF TEA: So much better to experience Tea, Gail. It's about the global connective tissue that links us all in ritual and conversation. Tea may bring nature to society or even transport one to that essential aspect of nature that we can see or only feel in ways that poetry, painting, and music come closer to describing -- beyond mere words.


GAIL/THE TEA HOUSE TIMES:  When did you begin your journey into creating The Meaning of Tea film?  

SCOTT/THE MEANING OF TEA: My tea journey began with the first sip, long before I can remember. The film project which grew out of that, started in the Spring of 2006.


GAIL/THE TEA HOUSE TIMES:  What is The Meaning of Tea film about?

SCOTT/THE MEANING OF TEA: The Meaning of Tea is a 74-minute long lyrical documentary that journeys through India, Japan, Taiwan, Morocco, England, France, Ireland, and Tea, South Dakota asking a variety of people about their relationship to tea as a beverage, a means of relaxation, and--in many cases--a way of life. It's not heavy on the facts, but what it lacks in information, it makes up for in beauty, humor, and culture.


GAIL/THE TEA HOUSE TIMES:  Who are some of the people you chose to interview for the film and why?  

SCOTT/THE MEANING OF TEA: For the most part, I choose to interview ordinary people who were generous in spirit, those who one would recognize simply as tea lovers. 

James Norwood Pratt was interviewed for the film, as was Roy Fong of Imperial Tea Court in San Francisco. More of their interview appears in companion book to the film.


GAIL/THE TEA HOUSE TIMES:  Please tell us about The Meaning of Tea book.

SCOTT/THE MEANING OF TEA: The Meaning of Tea companion book to the film, grew out of 2,000 pages of film transcripts, and goes further into the subject of the many meanings of tea. It was edited with commentary by award-winning author and film-maker Phil Cousineau. The book was created with the idea in mind, that one would have a pot of tea near at hand while reading it. We wanted to create a book that was unique unto itself.


GAIL/THE TEA HOUSE TIMES:  I see you also have a CD of music from the movie.  How can people purchase your film/DVD, book, and music/CD?  Can these be ordered directly from your website or by phone? 

SCOTT/THE MEANING OF TEA: Yes, just log on to


GAIL/THE TEA HOUSE TIMES:  Do you offer wholesale for shop owners?

SCOTT/THE MEANING OF TEA: Yes. Just phone (212) 691-8899 for information.


GAIL/THE TEA HOUSE TIMES:  What’s next for you or The Meaning of Tea Project? Any more films about tea or other projects you wish to tell us about?

SCOTT/THE MEANING OF TEA: We will be taking The Meaning of Tea Project on the road throughout the country over the next two years, so you might say Gail, "the journey continues." We are also going into production of a new documentary film about organically grown herbs, and the significance that herb farming can make in people's lives, here in the US.


Please go to  HYPERLINK "" for more information about The Meaning of Tea, how to order the film, music CD, book, etc.  Watch for film screenings and other special events via the website.


Visit The Meaning of Tea at Coffee Fest, March 5-7, 2010 in Booth #220

Visit The Meaning of Tea at World Tea Expo, June 11-13, 2010 in Booth #617

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