Web series are becoming more and more popular. With viewers craving for original programming and cancelling their cable subscriptions, there is more of a market than ever for producers to use the web as a way to introduce the world to their projects.
The newest web series that has people talking is a production about slavery and time travel.
Playwright, screenwriter and actor Steve Harper is the creator behind “Send Me,” a web series revolving around a woman who has the power to send black people back in time to slavery days. According to Harper, the woman who holds these powers makes a lot of money from her slavery time travel powers and people actually want to go back to plantations to “explore their blackness” and connect with who they really are.
Something about slavery and entertainment just doesn’t mix for me. I think it’s important to tell the story but I’m not sure how this will turn out. I don’t know anyone who wants to go back in time to slavery to see what it’s like…maybe to start a revolution or something, but not just going to be going. If I were to have an opportunity to go back in time and explore my blackness, I’d want to go prior to slavery or the Harlem Renaissance era.
Harper had this to say about the series on his IndieGoGo page:
Almost every time I mention the premise of this show, I get into a deep conversation about race in this country. The conversations are wide ranging and there are no easy solutions. That’s the same spark I hope to ignite in homes all over the world as a result of making this series. People are, apparently, eager to talk about race relations even though some consider this a “post-racial” moment. By creating and producing this drama about 21st century people who are dealing with the past, I want to continue the conversation in a unique and entertaining way.
So far Harper has raised $10,347 of his $100,000 goal. With 30 days left in his campaign, I’m sure he’ll be upping his publicity to try and secure as many funds as he can.