Inspired by the headlines of a nation and written in the hearts of a people, MY NAME IS MYEISHA begins on the evening of December 28, 1998, and through seventy-five minutes of spoken word, beatboxing and hip-hop dance beckons the audience, as witnesses, through an American tragedy with the uncommon intimacy only experienced when you suddenly lose someone. In this instance—a young black woman named Myeisha Jackson.JTNDY2VudGVyJTNFJTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI2ODAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjI1MTAlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy5raWNrc3RhcnRlci5jb20lMkZwcm9qZWN0cyUyRm1yZ3Vza3JpZWdlciUyRm15LW5hbWUtaXMtbXllaXNoYS1hLWZlYXR1cmUtZmlsbSUyRndpZGdldCUyRnZpZGVvLmh0bWwlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBzY3JvbGxpbmclM0QlMjJubyUyMiUzRSUyMCUzQyUyRmlmcmFtZSUzRSUzQyUyRmNlbnRlciUzRQ==MY NAME IS MYEISHA takes you on an extraordinary journey—a nonlinear trip through Myeisha’s mind, powered by her love of music, dance, and poetry—it sends you through Myeisha’s inner dreamscape. On this journey, stark reality crashes against radiant mental scenes as we are ferried through Myeisha’s thoughts, secrets, goals, ambitions, shortcomings, talents, flaws, strengths and weaknesses—her innermost self. Herlife. The story culminates in real time and the all-too-real events that took this young girl’s life. Myeisha Jackson, a stranger merely ninety minutes ago gives us a look over her shoulder as she passes into final darkness, asserting simply: “You know me.”
This film is reflective of so many stories in our communities, stories of black lives cut short, black lives unfulfilled—stories that deserve to be told. If history has taught anything, it has taught us that if we want our stories told with accuracy and compassion—it is up to us to tell them, to write them, to produce them, to support them. It is up to us. MY NAME IS MYEISHA needs the support of a global community as opposed to traditional Hollywood financing. Become a part of this history making effort. Pledge your support at www.kickstarter.com.
Actors John Merchant and Rhaechyl Walker in the stage play DREAMSCAPE
From the playwright Rickerby Hinds, who felt he had no choice but to write the stage play on which the film is based; to the film director Gus Krieger, who expected an evening of theatre and instead received a story that deserved to be shared with the world; to the producer Michael Glassman, motivated to choose this film over less controversial projects; to the public relations director Meika Tennant, who returned to the show time and again before contacting the playwright and becoming involved herself—all are involved in the project not because they had to be, but because they recognized that this is a story that must be told.