I’d say this is quite timely, in light of what I previously fondly dubbed “slave movie fever,” given the half dozen+ slave-themed films released in the last year, or that will be released in the next.
It’s a new web series titled Ask A Slave – a satirical work directed by Jordan Black, starring Azie Mira Dungey (also the writer, producer of the series), which is essentially a “talk-show” hosted by a character named Lizzie Mae, a housemaid to George and Martha Washington.
The creators of the series say that it’s based on the actress’ time working at a popular historical site. So what you’re getting heree are very real questions that were posed by attendees to the historical site where she worked, playing a slave character at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
Join your host Lizzie Mae, the tenacious and dignified housemaid to America’s favorite Founding Father. Watch her respond as today’s Americans say the darndest things about history.
The series launched this week – aptly on Labor day. And in that short period of time, the series hasn’t quite gone viral yet, but is getting there, drawing over 100,000 plays for each of the 2 available episodes.
This is how it all begins folks! An enterprising young artists thinks up an idea, puts it on paper, employs today’s affordable, accessible technologies, shoots and edits it, and uses one of many video sharing sites to broadcast it. And viola!
Remember how Issa Rae got started? Look at where she is now! So get to work!
Watch episodes 1 and 2 below: