Inclusion StatementWe're committed to diversity & inclusion in both our production and content! The series stars two rising South Asian actors with a crew that's 80% POC. Our series will showcase the modern South Asian dating experience that has typically been ignored by Hollywood.
About The Project
Swiped to Death is a comedy web series that follows two recently single South Asians in New York as they try their luck on a new dating app. Each episode is inspired by a real life date that went terribly wrong.
What's The Story?
Jay (Kabir Chopra) is a daydreaming actor who gets stood-up by his current fling. So one night, he downloads a dating app and tries his luck. Spoiler alert: it doesn't work out.
Meanwhile, Farah (Reema Sampat) is a jaded film festival programmer who just ended a four-year relationship with her boyfriend. She downloads a dating app to seek a fresh start, but is shocked by the number of potential suitors (and their dick pics).
Each episode will follow either Jay or Farah as they go on a date with a new character, until their storylines converge in the Season 1 Finale.
Will they find love? Or keep swiping until they die?
(No, we're not going to tell you. You'll just have to watch and find out.)
Why We're Making This Series:
We all know someone who has tried a dating app. Or maybe you've tried them yourself. Sometimes you meet someone for coffee and it's more boring than the 2019 Superbowl. Other times, you meet a weirdo trying to stick their tongue down your throat. But why is it one or the other? Why does online dating have so many polarizing experiences? Dating apps have totally changed the way we meet people. You literally have access to thousands of singles in the palm of your hand, but has that changed dating for better? Or for worse? Our show will explore these questions and more.
We also think it's really important to showcase the modern South Asian dating experience, and how dating apps play into cultural & family expectations. There aren't many films or TV shows that accurately portray the modern Desi dating experience, aside from Master of None and... well that's about it.
With Your Support, We Can Shoot More Episodes!
Filming a web series is expensive! With your support, we'll film 5 more episodes to complete Season 1. Your contribution will go directly into the production to meet our growing needs, including:
- Hiring our awesome cast and crew
- Renting camera, sound and lighting equipment - to keep our actors "lit"
- Transporting, feeding and caffinating our crew
Watch Episodes 1 & 2 Right Now!
Want to sample the pudding before the full dessert? You can watch our first two episodes right here. We're also streaming on Stareable.
What Makes This Different From Other Dating Series?
Our series is a blend of comedy with realism. Sure, there are plenty of shows that have tackled online dating (and also based on true stories), but they're often not realistic, and the "bad" dates are with exagerated creepy creeps, and that gets very boring, very quickly.
Swiped to Death portrays each character in an honest, flawwed light. Even the most pervy of pervs are human beings, with a backstory and a reason why they're there. Just like real-life.
Awards & Festivals
Swiped to Death has already screened at several festivals. We even nabbed some award nominations!
2019 Garden State Film Festival
2019 Seoul Webfest
2019 Minnesota Webfest
2019 Katra Film Series
2019 Côte d’Azur WebFest
- Festival Award Finalist
2019 Winter Film Awards
- Best Actor (Nominated)
- The New York Perspectives Award (Nominated)
Tamasha - A Festival of South Asian Performing Arts
- Best Table Read (Winner)
Swiped to Death has also been featured in several publications. Check our press page and see all the nice things folks have said about us!
We'd love to thank these amazing organizations for supporting Swiped to Death's development thus far!
Thank You for Your Support!
With your support, we can continue telling people's stories of online dating. Together, we can help people date better, and avoid getting... Swiped to Death.
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About This Team
Meet our incredible team!
Kabir Chopra is an actor and filmmaker based in New York. He graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in dramatic writing and has studied at Studio 4 and the Stella Adler studio. He has appeared in several films and TV series, including Madam Secretary. He was a co-writer on the horror feature Horror Time, executive produced by James Franco. Previously, Kabir's short film Vanilla won 3 awards at the Asian American Film Lab's 72 Hour Shootout.
Reema Sampat is an Indian American actress from Houston, TX, currently residing in New York City. She has studied at the Upright Citizen's Brigade, The Acting Studio, and at Studio 4. She recently appeared in NBC's Shades of Blue. She is also a recurring character in season six of Orange is the New Black as Shruti Chambal, the show's first South Asian inmate. In addition to that, Reema is in season two of Marvel's Jessica Jones on Netflix.
Tim Cordell is a British actor from East London who is Meisner trained and currently studying with Michael Warner Studio, Tim has played various roles in British Theatre across London and American repertory theatres off Broadway. He has also performed in various short films and TV features in the U.S. Tim is currently working on an independent short which shoots this summer and is excited to be part of the cast of Swiped to Death!
Sarah Bernero is a producer, designer and trained actor, based out of New York City. For three years she was a producer and featured cast member of a hit sketch comedy show in Baltimore, MD. Her TV experiences also include commercials and voice over work. Some of her favorite experiences have been on the stage in front of live audiences in Baltimore and New York City. She has most recently studied at Studio 4, where she was a producer and actor in a James Franco feature. This past year she produced a handful of shorts and web series. She was also excited to act in Shakespeare in the Park, a play festival, a number of short films, and co-create/act in her newest venture: a guerilla theater company.
After 15 years of Software Engineering for the Fortune 500 companies and startups, Anand is switching his career to acting and producing. Recently he was the first South Asian in NYC to play lead, Dr. Frankenstein, in AlphaNYC Theater’s production of “Frankenstein: The Radio Play.” On the producing side, Anand was a consulting producer for Hypokrit Theater’s staged production of Choker Bali/Devdas at The Theater for the New City. He is currently producing a short film for a social cause.
Raghavendra (Raghu) immigrated with his family to the US when he was a kid. Having a knack for writing and drawing, a college poetry teacher recommended writing movies. With a life-long love for movies he took some screenwriting classes and some filmmaking classes. Most of his screenwriting work was in films directed by classmates and friends. All low-no budget, and always so much fun. In 2015 he did the 72-hour film contest with friends in NYC, and they placed in the top 10. Then again the next year they won top prize for screenwriting. He's done freelance writing jobs, and gotten into doing storyboarding lately as well.
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