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Independent Filmmakers set to Create Independent Television with Crowd Funding of Sitcom Pilot for Swallow Your Bliss

August 5, 2013


LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A brand new sitcom produced by Scarpaci/Kelly Productions is taking a truly independent approach to funding its pilot episode by raising money on crowd funding site, Indiegogo. Swallow Your Bliss is a tantalizing food-centric sitcom about a top-rated TV cooking show and its life-addled crew. In "Bliss," the only thing sacred is the food. Everything else is fair game.

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Award-winning food stylist/chef Denise Vivaldo and multiple award-winning indie filmmakers Pattie Kelly, Phil Scarpaci and Brian Everingham created Swallow Your Bliss. The sitcom was born out of their obsession for cooking shows, the antics of many celebrity chefs, their complicated recipes and definitely their public gaffes. So it is not surprising that between a food stylist/chef, a producer, a director and a writer, that this hilariously funny script came to life. Rounding out the team are Actor/Producer Christopher Rich (Murphy Brown/Reba/Boston Legal), Actor/Producer Lisa Long (Shameless), respected Casting Director/Producer Ricki Maslar, C.S.A and veteran actor Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation / Castle).

What sets this crowd funding campaign apart is that this is the very first time a sitcom has turned to a crowd funding site like Indiegogo to raise money to film the actual pilot episode. By utilizing this unique independent approach, the team, who refer to themselves as the "Army of Bliss," will have the opportunity to shoot the pilot their way, maintaining the wacky characters and the quirky humor they feel makes it special.

Indiegogo allows the production to launch a campaign of this size to help generate interest in the project throughout the entertainment community and beyond. By involving potentially thousands of people through the crowd funding process, they will create an early buzz for the project that can help the actual series find its permanent home. The Indiegogo campaign can fund the project quickly so it can go into production in months not years. The filming of the pilot episode is currently scheduled for the end of October.

Additionally, Swallow Your Bliss will give back as they move forward by donating five percent of all funds raised to the Los Angeles Mission (, their lead character's favorite charity.



Twitter: @SwallowYourBlis

SOURCE Scarpaci/Kelly Productions

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