“Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi” on PBS

SEASON 2 of the Emmy Award-winning travel series on PBS, Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi - experiencing the world, 1 dance at a time!

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After an extremely successful first season on PBS starting last April, we're back for a second season of the educational and cultural travel series (and Emmy® Award-winning!) Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi.  I continue my dance journey, this time traveling the world within the five boroughs of New York City: by learning the dance & music traditions of local New Yorkers in the ethnic neighborhoods of NYC!  In each of the 13 30-minute episodes, I feature first, second, and third generation immigrants and how they are preserving their cultures through music and dance.  These ethnic enclaves transport me within the city limits to Little Ukraine, Little Haiti, Harlem's deep-rooted history, and more.  Through dance, music, food, celebration, and of course personal connection, I gets a taste of the world in one of the most diverse cities.

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Bare Feet in NYC with Mickela Mallozzi is scheduled to air nationally on PBS starting July 2017 - the episodes are edited, the stations are excited for the new season, and we're ready to start airing in over 101+ million homes across the US.  But what a lot of our viewers don't know is that in order to participate in the public television space, not only do you need to be vetted by PBS and American Public Television, but you also need to find ALL of your own funding.  Have you ever noticed that there are no traditional commercials on PBS?  That's because sponsors and advertisers have no control over the content that airs on the station, which keeps the programming accurate, full of integrity, and elevated.  However, the responsibility to fund the production AND pay for distribution of the series (yes, as an independent producer, I must pay American Public Television to air my show) rests on the producer, which is me.  Financial support can come from grants, underwriters, and viewers like you!

I didn't come from a TV production background; I have no formal training as a TV host; nor do I have any training as a journalist.  And back in 2010, when I first had the idea for Bare Feet, I was laughed at by producers

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who said, "If you're lucky, a network will buy your idea, but you definitely won't be the host."  I can proudly say that my tenacity, passion, and patience to succeed in this project has paid off - two Emmy® Awards later (for Best Host and Best Magazine Program), the show is airing across the US in over 90% of all PBS stations, on the PBS app, on PBS.org, and in multiple countries around the world (including Hong Kong, Greece, and more!), and people are not only SEEING the show but they are LOVING it too!

But I want to be 100% transparent to my viewers.  This new season could not be a message of more importance - we are truly highlighting the cultural diversity of New York City and of our country.  This message is not only important but it is necessary to share with the entire United States, highlighting how our diversity is our biggest asset.  I come from a family of immigrants, and I was inspired by my own experiences to share the stories of other immigrant families.  Our country has been built by immigrants and by people who were forced to come here, and their modern legacies need to be told.  I do this through the only way I know how, through music and dance.

This show has gone beyond what I had ever expected, and not in the way that you might think: I have received so many moving messages from fans who have shared how Bare Feet has touched them personally.  From helping them through their cancer treatments to allowing them to share family time with their kids to giving them a sense of escape from their daily lives by traveling the world with me and even DANCING with me, it has been such an honor to be able to share my dream and my passion with you all.  And then to be able to meet so many of you in person every day - the hugs, the tears, and the smiles are what keep me going with this passion project.

Mickela at Europeade Festival in Gotha Germany
I only ask that if Bare Feet has touched you in any way and you want to see these episodes continue on PBS, then please consider supporting our little show.  There is no risk - we know that if we raise $25K, Season 2 can start airing nationally on PBS stations across the country starting this July.  And if we raise a little more than that, we can start working on the next season of the show, Bare Feet in The US.

The $25K will help cover some of the distribution costs as well as help us continue to promote and spread the word of Bare Feet.

Our message is clear - I make new friends by dancing with strangers, and if I can share these moments with the rest of our country, maybe we can all try a dance with a stranger who someday just might become our friend because of it.

Thank you for your support, and thank you for believing in Bare Feet!
Mickela Mallozzi

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Bare Feet in NYC with Mickela Mallozzi is presented by Nashville Public Television.  The series is distributed by American Public Television, and it is an official co-production with NYC Media.  Bare Feet in NYC is sponsored in part by TodayTIX.

The Bare Feet in NYC Team:

202 Serbian Social Club in Ridgewood Queens - photo by Lina PlioplyteMickela Mallozzi, Host & Executive Producer
Mickela Mallozzi is the Emmy® Award-winning host and producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, a travel series airing on public television stations nationwide. A professional dancer and trained musician, Mickela decided to start a journey around the world, taking her camera with her to follow dance in the lives of everyday people wherever she went. From re-discovering her family’s heritage in Southern Italy to dancing tango on the main stage in Buenos Aires, the series covers Mickela’s adventures as she experiences the world, one dance at a time. She has been featured in The New York Times, Travel Channel, Dance Magazine, Yahoo! Travel, USA TODAY Travel, American Express, and AFAR Media, and she has performed on various television shows including Sesame Street and The Doctor Oz Show. Mickela is also the Director of the Women’s Travel Fest, an annual conference whose mission is to inspire, empower, educate, and connect women through travel.

Janet Choi, Co-Executive Producer, Deputy Commissioner & General Manager of NYC Media
Janet ChoiJanet Choi is the Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment, and the General Manager of NYC Media, which owns and operates the City of New York's television and radio stations. As the Deputy Commissioner, Janet is the chief executive in charge of operations, strategy and programming for the City's five television channels and radio station, focused on a mission of providing the local community with informative, educational and public service-oriented programming. She has won several Emmys as the Executive Producer of programs during her time there. Just prior to her job at the Mayor's Office, she was a Senior Producer at Channel One News, the Peabody award winning, national news program for young people.

Lina Plioplyte, Director of Photography
Lina PlioplyteLina Plioplyte is a Lithuanian-born, Brooklyn-based cinematographer & director. Lina began making videos for NYLON magazine where she incorporated her love for big personalities & bright colors, shooting such icons as Karl Lagerfeld, Courtney Love, Emma Stone. Lina has been working as a freelance director & cinematographer, making numerous music videos, documentaries and short films that have been shown on MTV, PSB, Pitchfork and various film festivals, including Hot Docs, MIFF and IDFA. Lina's feature-length directorial debut is ADVANCED STYLE, currently streaming on iTunes & Netflix. The documentary, which profiles the life and style of older women with extravagant fashion sense, played in theatres and festivals around the world, from Japan to England and Canada to South Africa, and was reviewed by the Hollywood Reporter, the New York Times and the Guardian among others. The film was called “undeniably captivating” & “charming”. Lina loves individuals who live unapologetically. Her goal as a director is to provoke change by telling compelling stories with both humor and raw honesty.

Jonathan Rogers, Editor
Jonathan RogersJonathan Rogers is a Nashville-based director, editor, colorist, and musician who has worked on numerous documentaries, music videos, commercials, and films including work for Refinery 29, Chevrolet, Prius, Drive-By-Truckers, Kurt Vile, AOL Originals, and more.

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Mickela's Curated Playlist
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Personalized Postcard from Mickela

Mickela will send a personalized thank you note on a postcard from a destination that has been featured on an episode or webisode of Bare Feet!

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Mickela's Curated Playlist

A hand-curated playlist of music recorded by Mickela on her Bare Feet travels (20 tracks plus a brief synopsis of where each song was recorded, its back story, and why each track is so important to her).

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Spend 60-minutes with Mickela for a personal Skype or Google Hangout interview where she will create a custom dance itinerary for you based on your call - get travel recommendations from the expert!

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You and friend can make a cameo appearance in an upcoming episode of Bare Feet - travel & accommodations NOT included.

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4 VIP Tickets to the NYC Launch Party

4 VIP tickets to the press event in NYC (date TBD in New York City, travel & accommodations not included), great gift too!

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A personalized message from Mickela that will run at the beginning/end of a web series episode on the Bare Feet YouTube channel!

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One-On-One Session with Mickela

Want to start your own web series? Thinking about producing a TV series? Get three 90-minute sessions (Skype or in-person, depending on location) and follow-up correspondence with Mickela on starting a passion project, mapping out goals, implementing your plan. (Discounted consulting rate!)

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Be a Member of the Bare Feet Crew!

Help on set for a day! Have fun working with Mickela and her crew filming an episode from the new season, Bare Feet in the US. GET YOUR NAME ADDED TO THE CREDITS FOR THAT SHOW. See first hand how a travel show is put together (travel and accommodations not included). This is great gift for that student/graduate you know looking for experience in TV and Film.

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2 tickets to the NY Emmy Awards on May 6th in New York City (travel & accommodations not included) - black tie event, includes cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, 2 seats to attend the awards ceremony, and official NY Emmy Awards gift bags.

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Mickela To Speak at Your Event

Award-winning Host & Producer Mickela Mallozzi will speak at your event, organization, conference, or school (travel + accommodations NOT included - this is a DISCOUNTED speaker fee). Mickela is a regular speaker on Entrepreneurship, Travel, Content Creation, Passion Project Inspiration

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$10
Eternal Gratitude (+ STICKER LIVE EVENT ONLY)

Sending a virtual high five and massive hug - we are eternally grateful for your support! All supporters from the LIVE iFundWomen Nashville event will receive a limited Bare Feet in NYC sticker!

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$25
Social Media Shout Out

Mickela will shout your name out, on video, on the socials for a massive THANK YOU! (Summer delivery)

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$35
Personalized Postcard from Mickela

Mickela will send a personalized thank you note on a postcard from a destination that has been featured on an episode or webisode of Bare Feet!

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$50
Mickela's Curated Playlist

A hand-curated playlist of music recorded by Mickela on her Bare Feet travels (20 tracks plus a brief synopsis of where each song was recorded, its back story, and why each track is so important to her).

1 Supporter
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$75
Bare Feet Socks

Sport the no-shoes look comfortably with a pair of Bare Feet socks!

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$100
1 ticket to Bare Feet in NYC Launch Party

1 ticket to attend the Bare Feet in NYC Media Event this summer (hosted in New York, date TBD, travel & lodging not included).

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1 Supporter
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$200
1-on-1 Travel Session with Mickela

Spend 60-minutes with Mickela for a personal Skype or Google Hangout interview where she will create a custom dance itinerary for you based on your call - get travel recommendations from the expert!

50 Left
0 Supporters
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$350
Be in an Episode!

You and friend can make a cameo appearance in an upcoming episode of Bare Feet - travel & accommodations NOT included.

15 Left
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$500
4 VIP Tickets to the NYC Launch Party

4 VIP tickets to the press event in NYC (date TBD in New York City, travel & accommodations not included), great gift too!

5 Left
0 Supporters
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$500
Personalized Thank You Message in Webisode

A personalized message from Mickela that will run at the beginning/end of a web series episode on the Bare Feet YouTube channel!

10 Left
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$750
One-On-One Session with Mickela

Want to start your own web series? Thinking about producing a TV series? Get three 90-minute sessions (Skype or in-person, depending on location) and follow-up correspondence with Mickela on starting a passion project, mapping out goals, implementing your plan. (Discounted consulting rate!)

5 Left
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$1,000
Be a Member of the Bare Feet Crew!

Help on set for a day! Have fun working with Mickela and her crew filming an episode from the new season, Bare Feet in the US. GET YOUR NAME ADDED TO THE CREDITS FOR THAT SHOW. See first hand how a travel show is put together (travel and accommodations not included). This is great gift for that student/graduate you know looking for experience in TV and Film.

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$2,500
2 Tickets to the NY Emmy Awards (LIVE NASHVILLE EVENT ONLY)

2 tickets to the NY Emmy Awards on May 6th in New York City (travel & accommodations not included) - black tie event, includes cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, 2 seats to attend the awards ceremony, and official NY Emmy Awards gift bags.

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$2,500
Mickela To Speak at Your Event

Award-winning Host & Producer Mickela Mallozzi will speak at your event, organization, conference, or school (travel + accommodations NOT included - this is a DISCOUNTED speaker fee). Mickela is a regular speaker on Entrepreneurship, Travel, Content Creation, Passion Project Inspiration

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