Send Me is a web series about Gwen, a black woman and a professor of African American studies, who has the power to send black people back in time to the days of slavery. The power to do this has been passed down to her through her family. Candidates want to go on the journey and she makes money by sending them. Her husband, Peter, thinks she shouldn’t do this – and they argue about it. They’ve sent two people back – one never returned.
WHY WOULD PEOPLE WANT TO GO BACK IN TIME – TO SLAVERY?
There are people who are committed to testing themselves – their physical and mental limits.
Some climb mountains
Some jump out of planes
do vision quests.
Those who choose this journey back in time are cut from a similar cloth. They want to push themselves to feel alive, to discover something new. The reasons may vary, but they are dedicated to the idea of taking the journey back in time. Only one of them will be chosen.
Over the course of the series we navigate the marital conflict between Peter and Gwen (we see both sides of their debate) and we meet the candidates and hear their reasons for wanting to go. Someone gets chosen for the journey by the end of the six-episode season.
None of it is easy for these characters.
Tonally, the series is about a deeply personal conflict between a married couple. The sci-fi twist hangs in the background of this conflict and informs the world, though the story is a straight-ahead drama without special effects.
Outside of a few flashbacks to a southern plantation in the 1800s, the action takes place in the front and back rooms of the comic book store the couple owns and that the husband runs.
Tracie Thoms (Rent, Cold Case, Death Proof) is attached as Gwen. Gabrielle Carteris (Beverly Hills 90210, Longmire) is set to play the couple’s accountant, who is initially keeping secret what is going on. Writer/creator Steve Harper (Covert Affairs, Betty on the Bed) plays Peter, the husband.
Why ‘Send Me’?
“The idea came to me last year and emerged out of my curiosity about time travel movies. Any time I watched time travel films as a kid I always thought it was convenient that the time travelers were white. Any person of color would be an “issue” in the past. So I thought I’d jump into the issue.
When complete, the program will be available for free on our website (to be set up) and, likely on YouTube. We plan to supplement the video material with other social media (Instagram photos supposedly taken by one of the characters, manufactured Twitter feeds), creating a complete online multimedia experience for viewers.
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?
Send Me was originally written as a short story and received some buzz among TV executives in Los Angeles. It has sparked curiosity about slavery and why anyone would want to go back. It’s created a dialogue about identity among the small group of people who’ve read it.
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.”