ABOUT BiG TeA PaRtY
BiG TeA PaRtY produces edge-u-cational videos for television, the classroom, home use and public screenings. We also write informational articles, develop delicious and healthy recipes, play in our gardens, take lots of still photos and create music!
Our primary focuses are having fun, good nutrition, health, the environment, sustainability and the DIY, ‘do it yourself’ philosophy which embraces the power of the individual.
Support our cause, make a donation to BiG TeA PaRtY!
Green Tea Party: It’s Elemental was created specifically for use in the classroom to teach school-age children how to live a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle. Great for the whole family to watch together or for kids to watch alone.
Unconventional Coverage: the Message & the Means was filmed at the 2000 Republican National Convention, the first time Bush was elected president! Winner: Best Documentary award, 2001, Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, Festival of Independents.
Sk8 B-Lo I-95 is BiG TeA PaRtY’s video on the Philadelphia diy skate-boarding scene. Filmed on location at world famous Love Park and FDR Skate Park. Screened as part of ESPN’s X-Games Tube Action Sports Film Festival.
Our video on gun violence was an International Finalist in Adbusters Creative ResistanceCampaign.
Is A Women Run Collective Producing Independent Media Since 1998
Photos By: JEFF DUCKWORTH; ELLEN REYNOLDS; ALLEN FIEND
ELIZABETH FIEND: WRITER, HOST
VALERIE KELLER: EDITOR
BiG TeA PaRtY is the recipient of several grants including a WYBE, public television, production grants; Puffin Foundation grant for continued, progressive media education; The Leeway Foundation’s, Window of Opportunity Grant; Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Assoc.’s subsidy grant; GreensGrow Philadelphia Project grant for dedication to green lifestyles.
Become more sustainable.
Craft your life so it has less of a negative impact on future generations.
ABOUT ELIZABETH FIEND –
GONZO HEALTH and
Contact Elizabeth Fiend: elizabeth @ bigteaparty.com
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[Video still from BiG TeA PaRtY's Green Tea Party: It's Elemental]
Elizabeth Fiend is an educator, filmmaker, author, musician and artist. She currently specializes in film making, writing and motivational speaking and aspires to be an agent of social change who uses artistic expression combined with extensive research and reliable information to improve the health of individuals, the community and the planet. Currently she conceives, writes, produces and hosts how-to videos that encourage people to use their own imagination, skill and energy to advance not only their lives but the community around them and ultimately the planet. Elizabeth’s goal is to promote a sustainable living trinity – good health, environmentalism and community activism, a practical, rewarding lifestyle where ones actions won’t have a negative effect on future generations.
[Elizabeth Fiend on bus and subway ad. Photo by PAUL PUGLIESE]
HIRE ELIZABETH for YOUR EVENT, WORKSHOP, or to PERFORM YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY! elizabeth @ bigteaparty.com (remove spaces)
The hostess-with-the-mostess Elizabeth Fiend, writer and host of BiG TeA PaRtY, is available to host your event, fund-raiser or party, and conduct workshops on food, health, and the environment.
Elizabeth is a wild celebrity judge.
Elizabeth is also a wedding officiant and has achieved her dream of marrying a couple while she was wearing a clown suit. Ask Elizabeth to marry you!
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TV, RADIO, FILM:
[Elizabeth Fiend appearing on NBC's The Today Show with Al Roker.]
Elizabeth is the creator, producer, writer and host of 28 educational videos and mini-documentaries. Her work usually appears under the banner “BiG TeA PaRtY, llc” an independent film company she founded, in 1998, along with two other women.
Elizabeth has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show and on the Food Network as a guest on weatherman Al Roker’s cooking show On the Road With Roker. Her work is broadcast nationally on Free Speech TV through the DISH Network satellite TV; in NYC on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network; in Philadelphia her videos/mini-documentaries appear on public television WYBE, Drexel University’s educational access station DUTV and PCAM Philadelphia’s Public Access channel.
Her latest two videos were created specifically for use in the classroom. Elizabeth’s videos have been screenings in dozens of venues and events including ESPN’s Tube Action Sports Festival in conjunction with the X Games; Vancouver Film Festival; and at the Institute of Contemporary Art. She was been interviewed several times on National Public Radio (NPR).
[Elizabeth Fiend before a wall of her cartoons and paintings]
Elizabeth is the co-author of a reference book on the thematical analysis of TV Index to the Annenberg Television Script Archive. She has written articles for the green magazine Grow and Drexel University Press’s Crosscurrents, among others. Her illustrations have appeared in Al Goldstein’s Screw Magazine and in Robert Crumb’s comic anthology Weirdo. Elizabeth has written over 40 articles for the Junk Science Column –separating the junk from the science- on the blog Phawker.com.
Elizabeth has been featured in the Lonely Planet Travel Guide to Philadelphia; The Great Cheese Steak Book; National Geographic Traveler’s Magazine; The New York Times; The Philadelphia Inquirer; The Chicago Tribune, among others.
Photography and Design:
[Postcard for Bella Vista Natural Foods: designed and photographed by Elizabeth Fiend]
[Elizabeth and Allen Fiend rock out before the RAF logo at the Hafenstrasse, Germany]
For 15 years Elizabeth was the slide guitar player in the psychedelic punk band More Fiends. Having toured America and Europe extensively and recorded 2 albums and 6 singles, plus a Peel Session recording for the BBC Radio in England.
Honors and Grants:
[Elizabeth Fiend, video still from Sk8 Be-Lo I-95, screened at ESPN's X-Games Film Festival]
The Leeway Foundation, Window of Opportunity Grant; ADBUSTERS, Creative Resistance Video Contest, International Finalist; Philadelphia Film & Video Association, Subsidy Grant; GreensGrow Philadelphia Project, Grant for dedication to green lifestyles; Festival of World Cinema – Festival of Independents, Best Documentary Award; WYBE, Philadelphia Stories, PBS member station, Production Grants; Selected for ESPN’s Tube Film Fest at the X-Games; Puffin Foundation, Grant for continuing service to the community; EVEO, Winner streaming internet.
[Elizabeth Fiend sharing healthy recipes for kids, Whole Foods Market. Photo: ALLEN FIEND]
Elizabeth has been hired by May’s Department Stores, Strawbridges, and Whole Foods Supermarket to conduct a series of lectures / workshops offering nutritional advice and to demonstrate the preparation of her original recipes. One series was designed to promote healthy eating for young children. She has been the Master of Ceremonies at Scribe Video’s Fashion Show for Teens; she was a panelist at the annual dinner and fundraiser for the charity Women in Transition; and did an invitational reading for Banned Book Week at the Free Library of Philadelphia. She has been a judge at the Super Mecca Karaoke Gong Show and a Rat Art Contest. Elizabeth is a wedding officiant and has achieved her dream of marrying a couple while she was wearing a clown suit.
Elizabeth is also the Bibliographic Specialist at a prestigious university library. And has served on the advisory board of the Mural Arts Program (MAP) Journeys South Project.
Labor Union Activist:
Elizabeth is a steward for Local 590 AFL-CIO and a member of their executive board. She is on the Web Committee for District Council 47. Elizabeth recently completed the 36th Annual Northeast Regional Summer School for Union Women at Rutgers University, a residential program, sponsored by the United Association of Labor Education (UALE). The school brings together union women to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the American labor movement in an effort to develop skills that will prepare them to be active union leaders. Elizabeth is a member of CLUW, The Coalition of Labor Union Women which supports the rights of working women and families.
About VaLerie KeLLer
VaLerie KeLLer has been editing films and videos since 1989, and creating her own delightfully oddball work for the past several years. Her experimental HD video short “Discarded” was in an exhibit called “Out of Frame: Motion Art From Mobius” at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the country’s oldest interdisciplinary art institution (very prestigious!) in Fall 2006. Writes Roberta Fallon of the Phila Weekly, “Valerie Keller’s Discarded is just beautiful. Like a slowly morphing slideshow of … weed-strewn parking lots and abandoned shopping carts [with] stories of miscommunication and missteps.“
VaLerie has had original work and editing work broadcast nationally, shown on cable tv & satellite networks, and screened in festivals around the world. Her editing career is studded with 2 Emmy nominations, and in 2008, her original short “Stepping On Upworld” was screened at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a showcase of work by instructors at Scribe Video Center called “Those Who Teach, Make“. “Stepping” was also aired on WYBE-35 as part of the Philadelphia Stories festival in 2006. (All this apart from BiG TeA PaRty, which has a whole PAGE of accomplishments!)
There’s more of course, but you can find out all about her accomplishments on her blog. Right now you can know that she likes to sing to herself, wear knee-socks and cut up magazines to make collages. You can see some samples of collage work in her MySpace page blog entries. Valerie is also now has profiles on Facebook and LinkedIn, she is that savvy (or a sucker, you decide).
Valerie wishes she could do convincing fake accents but this is not among her natural talents. She can, however, wiggle her left ear. She would love to play croquet or bean bag toss, so anyone organizing a match should let her know.
Valerie likes to wear wigs and costumes:
BiG TeA PaRtY’s
[Photos: Fruit and grain by ELIZABETH FIEND; Center: BiG TeA PaRtY video still]
BiG TeA PaRtY’s mission is to promote a sustainable living trinity — nutrition, environmentalism and community service — a practical, rewarding lifestyle where one’s actions won’t have a negative effect on future generations.
We use digital media, the written word and public events to share ideas for leading a creative, low-impact, low-cost, politically engaged lifestyle. We embrace the DIY ‘do it yourself’ philosophy which emphasizes the power of the individual.
[Photos by: TONY FARINA; ELLEN REYNOLDS]
Our goal is to use our films, articles, art and multimedia website to generate a dialogue with people of all types on how they can be agents of social change by engaging in environmentalism, community activism and the politics of food.
Speak to us! Ask us questions here. Our philosophy is action oriented. Start a dialog of your own.
[Photos by ELIZABETH FIEND; VALERIE KELLER]
Big TeA PaRtY has presented their films, sometimes in conjunction with nutritional demonstrations, in neighborhood settings, schools, shopping malls, super markets, movie theaters, out door events and at conferences. But the main venue of our work over the past eight years has been television.
In this growing climate of media consolidation independent sources of information and individual storytelling are vital to keeping our media and informational diet diverse, vibrant and questioning the status quo. Please support us and our work, it can be a scary, lonely world out there.
Make a donation to BiG TeA PatRtY!
[PHOTOS BY: GRETJEN CLAUSING; JIM WASSERMAN; VALERIE KELLER]
BiG TeA PaRtY SUSTAINABLE LIVING
About Gretjen Clausing
Member BiG TeA PaRtY 1998-2007
Guest Editor, Camera Woman, all around BiG TeA PaRtY confidant!
Ellen Reynolds has worked in production for 15 years, as a digital video systems technical supervisor; a documentary producer, editor and videographer; and as a teacher of digital video to students from a wide range of backgrounds and age levels. She has just completed a 1/2 hr. documentary on pre-casino gambling culture in South Philadelphia and Atlantic City and is developing a second short on the cultural history of these two linked locales.
Ellen’s main focus is on developing work for, with, and about children, however, as an antidote to a highly corporatized children’s media landscape. Taste Buds! is a pilot she created for a children’s episodic series on nutrition and cultural diversity. A second project, The Lumiere Sisters engages girls with technology in an interactive program.
Ellen’s other interests include stop motion animation, puppet making, snooping around in old libraries. Contact Ellen to go surfing.
Allen Fiend is the creator of
BiG TeA PaRtY music and sound design.
Check MORE FIENDS page to see more of Mr. Fiend!
Big Tea Party IT’S COOKING, CRAFTS & ANARCHY!
Created & Produced by
Contact us: btp at bigteaparty.com
Contact Elizabeth Fiend: elizabeth at bigteaparty.com
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Big Tea Party presents a unique perspective on life at a time when the world is embarking on an era of great social, political and technological change. In a period where corporate media dominates America’s info-hungry culture, this created-for-broadcast TV series adds a bizarre bit of spice to the Educational TV mix. Viewers will walk the tight rope between an exercise in conscientious urban living and a celebration of the absurd. Filmed in host Elizabeth Fiend’s real home, on a real street and in other genuine locations, she offers the viewer a reliable panorama of unconventional ideas for leading a creative, low-impact, low-cost lifestyle. You’ll learn how to turn your values into actuality with episodes dealing with topics as diverse as composting, recycling / reusing mass-produced goods; delicious and healthful vegetarian meals; women’s health; water purity / conservation; alternative transportation / bike repair. Don’t be misled by the colorful clothes, wacky editing styles and graphics jumping off the screen, this show IS politics in action. As a multifaceted lifestyle program, Big Tea Party guides the viewer toward a stand against corporate and individual greed in a down-home and hilarious way.
Since its debut in January 1998, BiG TeA PaRtY has produced 26 videos. 20 episodes are part of the hit TV series which regularly airs on DUTV, cable TV. Their 6 documentaries and mini-documentaries have been aired as part of Public Television WYBE’s “Thru the Lens” and “Philadelphia Stories” series and aired on Manhattan Neighborhood Network, NYC. Both the TV series and documentaries are broadcast nationally on satellite television on the Dish Network as part of Free Speech TV (FSTV).
BiG TeA PaRtY is also the recipient of several grants including a Puffin Foundation grant for continued, progressive, media education; The Leeway Foundation, Window of Opportunity Grant; Philadelphia Video & Filmmakers Assoc. subsidy grant; and the GreensGrow Philadelphia Project grant for dedication to green lifestyles.
“Unconventional Coverage: the Message & the Means,” their hour long commentary on the protests at the 2000 Republican National Convention, won the “Best Documentary” award at the 2001 Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, Festival of Independents. BiG TeA PaRtY’s episode on the ‘do-it-yourself’ skate-boarding scene, “Sk8 B-Lo I-95” was screened as part of ESPN’s X-Games Tube Action Sports Film Festival. Their video on gun violence was an International Finalist in Adbusters Creative Resistance Campaign.
“Green Tea Party: It’s Elemental,” 30-minutes, was created specifically for use in the classroom to teach school age children how to life a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. BiG TeA PaRtY has formed a partnership with The Urban Nutrition Initiative a school-based community non-profit that strives to improve nutritional status and promote active learning.
“No Butts About It,” 12 minutes, create for use in the classroom or as fun for the whole family to watch. This hilarious health video offers gentle encouragement to eat better and not smoke cigarettes. Use this inspiring DVD to help stem the tide of obesity, combat the diabetes epidemic, discourage cigarette smoking, and lead a more sustainable life.
BiG TeA PaRtY Sustainable Living
TELEVISION and RADIO BROADCASTS
DUTV’s special broadcast to coincide with RNC 2008, Phila PA (Sept 2008)
Minneapolis TV Network’s Unconvention programming for RNC 2008, Minneapolis, MN (Sept 2008)
DUTV’s special broadcast lead-up to DNC & RNC 2008, Phila PA (July 2008)
Nationally on Free Speech TV thru THE DISH Satellite Network (ongoing since 2003)
WYBE, PBS member station, Philadelphia Stories series (2006, 2001-2003)
DUTV, Weekly on cable-access educational TV, Phila, PA (ongoing since 1998)
NBC’s The Today Show, National broadcast (2006)
Manhattan Neighborhood Network, New York City (2004)
Food Network’s Roker On the Road, national cable TV (2003-2004)
National Public Radio [NPR] interview promoting vegetarian holiday meals, national broadcast (2004)
WYBE, PBS member station, Through the Lens series, Philadelphia PA (1999-2004)
WHYY Public Radio, interview promoting women in the arts, Philadelphia PA (2003)
WLVT Lehigh Valley PBS station, Lehigh Valley, PA (2003)
WHYY, PBS station, Best of Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, Phila, PA (2002)
WHYY, PBS station, Festival of Independents Award Winners, Philadelphia PA (2001)
Free Speech TV’s Crashing the Party, nightly live national satellite broadcast during the Republican National Convention (2000)
WHYY, PBS station, Independent Images series, Philadelphia PA (1998)
HONORS and GRANTS
+ WYBE, Philadelphia Stories, PBS member station, Production Grant, Phila PA (2006, 2001-2003)
+ Leeway Foundation, Window of Opportunity Grant, Philadelphia PA (2004)
+ ADBUSTERS, Creative Resistance Video Contest, International Finalist, Vancouver, Canada (2003)
+ Philadelphia Film & Video Association, Subsidy Grant, Philadelphia PA (2003)
+ GreensGrow Philadelphia Project, Grant for dedication to green lifestyles, Phila PA (2003)
+ Festival of World Cinema – Festival of Independents, Best Documentary Award, Phila PA (2001)
+ Puffin Foundation, Grant for continuing service to the community, Teaneck NJ (2000)
+ EVEO, Winner streaming internet contest, Internet/online (2000)
SCREENINGS and EVENTS
+ Philadelphia Independent Film & Video Association: Politics As Usual, Projects Gallery, Phila, PA (Oct 2008)
+ GreenFest Philly’s Eco-Film Forum, Phila PA (Sept 2008)
+ Drexel University Design & Merchandising’s Style Tribes v6.0, included in student project (June 2008)
+ Squeaky Wheel‘s Philadelphia artist showcase, Buffalo Media Arts Center, Buffalo NY (April 2008)
+ Media Arts Council’s Home Grown Film Festival, Media PA (Feb 2008)
+ Nexus curated exhibit “Yummy” about food and art included BiG TeA PaRtY videos, and BiG TeA PaRtY’s “Sugarhouse Casino”, a game to make your own cake by gambling for ingredients (Jan 2008)
+ Termite TV‘s Water themed screening, Philadelphia Water Works, Phila PA (2007)
+ Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema: Festival of Independents, Phila PA (2007, 2004, 2000-2002)
+ Philadelphia Stories Premiere Party, Prince Theater, Philadelphia PA (2006)
+ Dallas Video Festival, curated video festival, Dallas TX (2001-2003, 2006)
+ D.I.Y YarrisWorks Roadshow, Soy Yogurt Workshop, Philadelphia PA (2006)
+ Scribe Video Street Movies, Philadelphia PA (2002-2006)
+ Women in Transition, annual dinner and fundraiser, Philadelphia PA (2004)
+ West Chester Film Festival, screening, West Chester PA (2004)
+ Free Library of Philadelphia, invitational reading, Banned Book Week, Phila PA (2004)
+ Pennsylvania Education and Technology Expo, invitation to present/screen video, Hershey PA (2004)
+ Molly’s Book Store, reading, Philadelphia PA (2004)
+ Media Film Festival, Media PA (2004)
+ Act Up New York, organizational recruitment meeting, Harlem NY (2003)
+ Free Library of Philadelphia, screening and lecture, Phila PA (2003)
+ Digital Divas, panel discussion and screening, Philadelphia PA (2003)
+ Strawbridge’s Department Stores, cooking demonstration/lecture, Gallery at Market East;
King of Prussia Plaza; Willow Grove Park; Springfield Park, PA (2003)
+ Philadelphia Fringe Festival, live reenactment of Chew on This!, Phila PA (2002)
+ University of Alberta Activism as Art, curated exhibit, Alberta, Canada (2002)
+ University of Pennsylvania Environmental Club, screening, Phila PA (2003)
+ Cut and Paste Film Festival, Madison WI (2003)
+ Skate or Die Festival, skateboard lifestyle festival, Iowa City IA, (2002)
+ WYBE’s Thru the Lens Premiere Party, Prince Theater, Phila PA (2002)
+ Berlin Activist Convention, political action convention, Berlin, Germany (2002)
+ ESPN’s Tube Action Sports Festival, curated, in conjunction with the X Games, Phila PA (2001)
+ Lost Film Festival, curated progressive independent film and video festival, Phila PA (2001-2004)
+ Break the Media Blackout, independent media conference, Philadelphia PA (2002)
+ A-Space Collective, marathon screening, Philadelphia PA (2001-2002)
+ Painted Bride Arts Center, premier of Unconventional Coverage, Phila PA (2000)
+ Painted Bride Arts Center, benefit for R2K legal defense fund, Phila PA (2000)
+ Best of Unquote TV, Painted Bride Arts Center, Philadelphia PA (2000)
+ Institute of Contemporary Art, curated video exhibit, Philadelphia PA (1999)
+ Vancouver Film Festival, curated film and video festival, Vancouver, Canada (1999)
+ Berkley Bike Coalition Film Festival, California Bike-Network Conference, Berkley CA (1998)
+ 9th Annual Women’s Film Festival, Community Education Center, Phila PA (1998)
+ Philadelphia City Paper, feature article, various/multi, Phila PA (2006, 1998-2004)
+ TV Guide, listings, (2006, 2002-2004)
+ National Geographic’s Travelers Magazine, interview, Washington DC (2005)
+ Lonely Planet Travel Guide to Philadelphia, feature, San Francisco CA (2004)
+ Philadelphia Inquirer, feature article, various/multi, Phila PA (2000, 2002, 2004)
+ Independent Media Center, Internet/online, (2004)
+ Philadelphia Daily News, various/multi, Philadelphia PA (2001-2004)
+ Crosscurrents, Drexel University Press, article/multi, (2000-2004)
+ Inside New Kensington, preview, Philadelphia PA 2004)
+ Ritz Film Bill, preview/multi, Philadelphia PA (2001-2004)
+ Grow Magazine, article, Philadelphia PA (2004)
+ Philadelphia Arts Writers Magazine, feature article, Phila PA (2004)
+ Fox Review, feature article, Philadelphia PA (2004)
+ The Metro, Phila PA (2003-2004)
+ Chicago Tribune, feature article, Chicago IL (2002)
+ Mix Magazine, feature article, Toronto, Canada (2002)
+ Alternative Press Review, video review, Arlington VA (2002)
+ Carbon 14, feature article, Philadelphia PA (2002)
+ Amarillo Globe, feature article, Amarillo TX (2002)
+ The Morgan Town Post, feature article, Morgantown WV (2002)
+ Roanoke Times, feature article, Roanoke VA (2002)
+ The State, feature article, KY (2002)
+ Fort Wayne News, feature article, Fort Wayne TX (2002)
+ Saint Lewis Today, feature article, St. Lewis KS (2002)
+ The Pennsylvania Current, feature article, University of Pennsylvania Press, Phila PA (2001-2002)
+ South Philly Review, feature article, Philadelphia PA (2001)
+ Applause Magazine, review, Philadelphia PA (2000)
+ Connections Magazine, review, Philadelphia PA (2000)
+ US Partnership for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, United Nations Decade (2005-2014). USPDESD’s vision is to make sustainable development fully integrated into education and learning in the United States. (2006)
+ The Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI) involves children in a school-based community health curriculum that strives to improve nutritional status and promote active learning. UNI is a program based out of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Community Partnerships (CCP) a vehicle for enlisting the broad range of knowledge of the research university and the engagement of students, faculty, and neighbors in implementing communal efforts to address the complex, comprehensive, and interconnected problems of the American city. (2003)
+ National Film Network, holds license for distribution rights to “Unconventional Coverage: The Message and The Means”; “Ending an Epidemic: Act UP, Fight Back”