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Los Angeles, CA, January 13, 2016 – Would YOU go back in time to the days of slavery? That’s the question at the heart of SEND ME, a provocative dramatic web series debuting during Black History Month. SEND ME stars Tracie Thoms (Looper, Cold Case) as a woman who has the power to send Black people back in time to the days of slavery. Her husband is determined to stop her in spite of the fact that people want to go. The cast of 17 includes many familiar faces including Gabrielle Carteris (Beverly Hills 90210), Jerrika Hinton (Grey’s Anatomy), Jasika Nicole (Scandal), Nelsan Ellis (True Blood), Tucker Smallwood (The Sarah Silverman Program) and Carlease Burke (Ballers, Crowded).
The 6-episode web series will unfold this February in weekly installments on a platform to be announced shortly. SEND ME creator Steve Harper, an award-winning TV writer and playwright who spent two seasons writing for the USA network’s Covert Affairs, explains: “We’re in negotiations with a platform now, and we’re all set to launch on our YouTube Channel if that deal doesn’t materialize. Black History Month is the perfect time to share SEND ME with our supporters and our audience.” Information about where the series can be seen will appear prior to the launch date on SEND ME’s website and YouTube page.
SEND ME has been gathering momentum since the project started crowd funding on Indiegogo in the fall of 2014. Donors to the campaign include comedian Chris Rock – who is a producer on the series and Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy) who is an Executive Producer. More than 5,000 people have seen the series trailers on SEND ME’s YouTube channel where more than 60 videos live (including behind the scenes footage from the filming of the series and scenes of real people musing about time travel and slavery).
An active and lively discussion has emerged on Harper’s twitter handle @harpercreates, and the series has garnered the attention of journalists, bloggers and podcasters – with coverage appearing on IndieWire, Huffington Post Black Voices and The Mother Love Show on L.A. Talk Radio. SEND ME also has an active Facebook page.
“I wanted to create a drama that gets people thinking and talking about race. That’s happening already, given what’s been going on in the news. I hope SEND ME adds to the conversation.” SEND ME was shot in February of last year in Los Angeles. This February the series roll out will begin with 11 short segments where characters from the world of the series talk about why they would want to travel back in time. The 6 narrative episodes will follow.
Selected clips from the series can be screened for journalists. The series creator & selected cast members are available for interviews about “SEND ME.”
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