Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. Who in their right
mind would want to do that?
But then again, the premise of the currently-in-development
web series is what definitely makes it unique, wouldn’t you agree?
Created by playwright, screenwriter and actor Steve Harper, and starring Tracie Thoms (“Annie,” “Death Proof,” “Looper” among many other film and
TV roles), “Send Me” deals with a black woman (Thoms) who has the power to send
black people back in time to slavery days.
But Harper makes clear to point out that the people
who do this in the series are doing it of their own free will: “It’s
not a punishment. They want to go – to explore their blackness, their history,
to connect to who they are. It takes place now, in 2014, and it involves time
travel. Candidates apply for the chance to take the trip. Those who want to go
are trying to find out who they are now based on who their ancestors were.”
According to Harper, he created “Send Me” because: “in a landscape of silly web comedies
and soapy relationship videos, ‘Send Me’ aims higher. This is a piece about
identity, the past, the future and where we find ourselves. What is our
obligation to our history? How do we balance an understanding of who we are now
with who we once were – personally and historically?”
He further went on to say that: “I want to expand the
dialogue and create a dramatic piece that resonates nationwide among Americans
of all races. Through this web series, we raise deep questions about who we are
now as a people – and where we came from.”
Of course realizing that
no network is going to take a chance on a series based on such a highly charged
and controversial subject, Harper has decided to make his project
as a web series and has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise
$100,000 to cover the shooting and post-production, starting sometime
Check out the video below
in which Harper explains more about “Send Me” and go HERE to check out the
project’s Indiegogo page.