Taiwan Tea Documentary

$13,140 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 135 people in 30 months

My name is Shiuwen Tai. I am the owner of Floating Leaves Tea in Seattle WA. I am working with Jake Knapp, a videographer and professional photographer who owns Cloud 9 Photography, to shoot a tea documentary in Taiwan. We want to raise money to make this tea project a reality. I have been running my tea business for more than 13 years. I go to Taiwan to source tea every year, and learn more about the people and processing techiques. Jake is a tea lover who has been serious into tea for 10 years. He loves tea so much that he has gone to China and Taiwan to enrich his tea knowledge. We have met some amazing tea people from our travels and we would love to tell you their stories. In a way, I feel this tea documentary is for those amazing tea farmers and tea professionals. With our love and appreciation for them, we feel we have to capture their life, their stories, and their tea skills for you and show you their incredible dedication to tea. 
We plan to be in Taiwan June 2017 to shoot this tea documentary. For this specfic film, we will be focusing on the tea people and tea of Dong Ding Mountain. With your support, the funds will help us to get there, cover our expenses, purchase some necessary equipment, shoot, edit and license music for this film. 

If you are a tea lover and feel this is a great project, please consider donating and help us to spread the word. We promise we will work very hard to make a beautiful film for you, the tea people and us. Some great tea country footage, a good story, and tea processing knowledge will come with your support. 

Thank you!

Shiuwen and Jake

Dong Ding Tea Farmers

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Here is the link to the mini Dong Ding documentary!


Some of you have already picked up your thank-you gifts. If you haven't received them yet, please either come pick them up in the shop or please email us with your most up to date shipping address.

We are so grateful for all of your generosity! We are super excited to go back to Taiwan in November to continue working on our full length project featuring Mr Zhan.

For those of you who received the tea gifts, you can see Mrs. Su's Dong Ding being roasted at 7:00, you can see the roasting room that Mr. Zhan roasts charcoal Dong Ding in at 8:17 (the name for that tea in Chinese is Ming Chuan), and you can see the field where the Tradition A Dong Ding is grown at 10:00.

Please watch and share it with your friends and family.

With gratitude,

Shiuwen, Jake, and Noah
Taiwan Tea Documentary Team
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We are now finishing up a 10-15 minute documentary about Dong Ding with the footage we shot last year in Taiwan. Thank you all so so much, it would not have been possible without you. We are really excited with how this project is wrapping up. It will be released at the end of September and we will send a link out to you all. You will be the first to see it outside of the Northwest Tea Festival.

As some of you may know, this April we traveled back to Taiwan to take tea classes and study with the tea masters we met on our first filming excursion. It was an amazing experience and helped to solidify a lot of ideas that have been floating around in my head. Now we are very clear about the direction in which the documentary needs to go. When we first had the idea to film a documentary on Dong Ding, we were inspired by the Charcoal Roasting Master Mr Zhan. He roasts Dong Ding, so we thought the subject should be Dong Ding.

Now we have decided that the subject MUST be Mr Zhan himself. He embodies the essence of Taiwanese tea art and philosophy that we have been aiming to capture. And as he is advancing into his later years, we feel it is incredibly important to record his legacy and his traditional knowledge as the world around us changes.

So we are going back to film again with a much clearer idea of what we want to accomplish. Having never been involved with film before, we are very excited to share our mini-project on Dong Ding and move on the the main course.

We will be sending out your gifts and closing the gift-donation program for now. It was integral for getting this project started, and now we are looking in another direction for fundraising. Now that we have a sample of our work we will be approaching organizations of all kinds for grants. If you know anything about this, we would really appreciate any advice or feedback.

Please send us an email directly at tea@floatingleaves.com to let us know if you would like to pick up your gifts in the shop or have us ship them out to you. We cannot easily get in contact through GoFundMe, and we need this information to get you your gifts as easily as possible. Your gifts will arrive within two months of receiving your email.

Also, this way we can stay in contact about the project as it evolves and moves along. This is a much bigger project than any of us realized at the beginning, and we are so excited to see where it takes us.

Shiuwen, Jake and Noah
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Second teaser video "Fire and Tea" is up! Some Oolong tea needs fire to bloom. I hope the images of this video can take your imagination to what the farmers and tea roasters intend to do: making the tea richer, and deeper. I don't why I often think of fire with winter solstice. So here you go, happy winter solstice and thank you for your support on this tea documentary project!
Fire and Tea
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Hello! Jake and I just published our first video from this Taiwan Tea Documentary project. Please enjoy the beautiful landscape of Dong Ding mountain, and some images of tea being made. While we are under this long process of editing, we want to share some of this incredible experience with you. We thank you for your support! Enjoy!
Dance of The Tea
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Raised by 135 people in 30 months
Created August 4, 2016
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Inna F.
12 months ago

very excited for this project

Leslie S.
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Jenn Purnell
14 months ago

Shiuwen - I'm so excited to hear about this project! Can't wait to see / taste the results.

Phil Wain
15 months ago

We are London's Best Tea on Instagram - love what you are doing. Great project!

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