The Right Swipe

Chicago, Illinois | Series

Comedy, Romantic Comedy

Juli Del Prete

1 Campaigns | Illinois, United States

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This campaign raised $25,155 for production. Follow the filmmaker to receive future updates on this project.

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By exploring love in the age of apps and the challenges of dating at various intersections of marginalized identity, The Right Swipe is the intersectional feminist romantic comedy 2018 needs.

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Mission Statement

The Right Swipe is created and written by a black woman and a white woman, our director is a black man, and our producers are both women of color. Both the characters and our team are predominantly made up of women, queer folks, and people of color, so our storytellers match the story we're telling.

The Story


When best friends India and Margo start a business fixing men’s dating app profiles, they have no idea how tangled their own love lives will get in the process. The Right Swipe is a romantic comedy web series exploring intersectional friendships, relationships, and intimacy in the age of dating apps.




- The Right Swipe seeks to represent young Chicagoans on a wide digital platform.
- The Right Swipe is the intersectional feminist, sex-positive rom-com we need in 2018.
- The Right Swipe explores the challenges of dating in the digital age at various intersections of marginalized identity.
- The Right Swipe investigates and honors masculinity in traditional and nontraditional forms. One prominent male character is a film director; another is designing an agender clothing line; another a transgender fight choreographer. Through representation, The Right Swipe seeks to broaden the definition of what masculinity can be and shatters stereotypes of which types of men deserve love – all through the female gaze.
- The Right Swipe breaks the bounds of what society deems attractive by spotlighting the romantic lives of characters who are diverse in race, gender, and sexuality.



Twenty-somethings. Chicagoans. People of color. Queer folks. Women and femmes. Anyone who’s ever used a dating app. Anyone who’s ever dated. Anyone who's ever fallen in love. Anyone who’s ever wondered if it was too soon to text back. You!




- Written the five-episode first season.
- Filmed a teaser for the show.
- Launched our Facebook and Instagram accounts (follow us!).
- Threw a fundraiser party that raised nearly $2,000.
- Received a $14,000 grant from the Chicago Digital Media Production fund.




In order to produce our six-episode first season, we need your help. By supporting our campaign, you'll help us pay for equipment, rent locations, and pay our amazing artists for their work on the show. Your donation supports the hiring of people of color, womxn, and queer folks who are so often underpaid and overlooked by the film industry.


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Craft Services

Costs $2,000

Feeding our cast & crew is our love language.

Location, Location, Location

Costs $1,500

To show off some of our favorite local businesses & spots in Chicago. Not just our apartments.

Camera Department

Costs $2,150

To pay our all-womxn camera team.

Sound Department

Costs $2,200

No boom mics in the shot, promise.

Art Department

Costs $1,330

Design, dressings, and more – the art department will turn our locations into bona fide sets.

Design & Marketing

Costs $1,945

Social media, graphics, logos, BTS photos – everything we need to get the word out and look gooood.


Costs $7,000

Most of our actors are people of color, women, & queer folks – help us pay them a living wage!

Camera & Lenses

Costs $6,875

Otherwise we're gonna film it on an iPhone. Selfie-style.

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

About This Team

Kyra Jones (Creator/India) is a Chicago-based actor, writer, and professional shade-thrower. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in theatre and gender studies. She has worked as a ghostwriter for Laci Green's YouTube partnership with Planned Parenthood and writes freelance articles for several publications. She also works as a sexual violence advocate and educator around the country. Kyra appears in plays around Chicago, but her true passions lie in television. She is a regular on Kappa Force and Seeds (OpenTV). Television Credits include Chicago Justice (NBC). She is represented by Stewart Talent.


Juli Del Prete (Creator/Margo) is a Chicago-based writer, performer, and photographer. Her plays have been read and produced in Chicago, New York, Boston, and at her alma mater, Northwestern University. Her full-length play THE ART OF LOSING was a finalist for the 2016 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Her photos have appeared in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and on MTV's Catfish. No matter the medium, her work is intimate and intersectional. When she's not writing or taking pictures, she's running Steppenwolf Theatre’s Instagram or politely asking strangers if she can pet their dogs.


Justin Casselle (Director) is a Chicago-based filmmaker with past experiences in narrative, commercial, and music video productions, including Aasia Bullock’s video for “No Babies” and his own original web series, Why Don’t You Like Me. He recently produced Shea Couleé’s newest music video “Crème Brulee.” A fan of a healthy craft service budget, Casselle prefers his film sets to be inclusive of all genders and races (and snacks). He currently directs and produces for VAM Studios. 


Sarah Minnie (Executive Producer) graduated with a degree in Communication & Digital Media from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. After 4 years post-grad, she knew it was the perfect time to blend her corporate 'know how' and her passion for film into a career. She then realized, life is too short to not do what you love! As a Creative Producer/Creator, Sarah has made it a priority in her life to uplift and motivate; whether it be on set with her crews/cast or mentoring students about pursuing their dreams.  Sarah has produced a number of digital mediums such as: Music Videos, Feature films, short narratives, commercials, freelance blog posts and more. Sarah's mission in the industry (and in life) is to cast people of color (specifically womxn) in roles that are empowering and badass.


Sarah Conley (Executive Producer) received her M.F.A in Cinema Directing from Columbia College Chicago, where she was the recipient of the Lumiere Award for outstanding creative and academic achievement. Her work has been selected by the Chair’s office to be submitted to film festivals worldwide on behalf of the film department. She has written and directed over 10 productions for film and the web, and has current projects in pre-production and postproduction. She is drawn to stories that promote independent thinking and strip the audience of ideology, prejudice, and assumptions. Her goal is for the audience walk away from the film feeling hopeful and aware of the individual power they hold. If she succeeds in this, then she has done for others what has been so graciously done for her.


C.J. Johnson (Director’s Assistant/Guest Director) is an award-winning director, cinematographer, and recent graduate of the film program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Growing up, CJ has always held a strong interest in cinema and has been making short films from a very young age. Since beginning her film studies, C.J. has become active in the local film community and has worked on several projects with Shatterglass Studios. Additionally, C.J. has done videography work for the Regional Dance Development Initiative, Brown Theater Collective as well as committee director and now representative of Illinifest Student Film Festival. She directed the web series Seeds and won Bustle's 2018 Emerging Female Creator award with creator Deja Harrell. Seeds was recently presented at the New York Television Festival.

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