Internationally Acclaimed Stageplay to Become a Film

UC Riverside professor raising money to turn “Dreamscape” into a movie

Actors Rhaechyl Walker and John Merchant in the stageplay Dreamscape.

Actors Rhaechyl Walker and John Merchant in the stageplay Dreamscape.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – Dance. Music. Beatboxing. Spoken Word. It all came together in 2004 in the internationally acclaimed stageplay “Dreamscape.” Now, the author of the play, Rickerby Hinds, professor in the theatre, film, and digital production department at the University of California, Riverside, is turning the award-winning play into a movie. But, in order to make it all happen, Hinds needs to raise $100,000.

More about the play

“Dreamscape” is based on the 1998 shooting of 19-year-old Tyisha Miller, a Rubidoux resident who was sitting in her car when she was shot and killed by Riverside police. The incident sparked demonstrations and protests amid claims of police brutality and racism.

“The stageplay on which the film is based – inspired by events which took place in 1998 – could not be more relevant today,” said Hinds. “It’s our hope that bringing ‘My name is Myeisha’ into cities and homes worldwide will spark real, positive change through the same conversations the play has generated during its five-year run: a dialogue not of escalation, separation, violence, or hate, but of empathy, understanding, unity, and hope.”

Actress Rhaechyl Walker photography by Frank Ockenfels

Actress Rhaechyl Walker photography by Frank Ockenfels

Raising funds

Hinds and his team have a $200,000 budget for the film; $100,000 will come from private capital, but the other half needs to be raised. In order to make that happen, they turned to a crowdfunding site and created a Kickstarter page.

“$200,000 is the minimum we need to bring ‘Myeisha’ to life,” said Hinds. “If we raise more than our goal, the extra money will go toward music clearances, additional locations and crew, and – perhaps most importantly – courting ‘name’ actors for key cameos. As cynical as it may seem, having widely recognizable faces on your poster or trailer can really help put a film in front of countless additional eyes the world over.”

But, if Hinds and his team raise less than their goal, they will end up with nothing as Kickstarter is an “all or nothing” model. Hinds said in that case, production of the film will be set back months, or perhaps indefinitely. The deadline to donate is Tuesday, March 1.

About the creative crew

Rickerby Hinds

Rickerby Hinds

Rickerby Hinds (playwright, co-screenwriter, producer) is currently a professor of playwriting at UCR. A native of Honduras, he moved to South Central Los Angeles at age 13. Hinds’ play, “Daze to Come,” changed the dramatic arts forever when it debuted in 1989 as the first full-length play to use the founding elements of hip hop as the primary language of the stage. He received his M.F.A. in playwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, where he was twice awarded the Audrey Skirball-Kenis Award for best play.

Gus Krieger (director, co-screenwriter, producer) is a Los Angeles-based writer and director of stage and screen. His first produced original screenplay, “The Killing Room,” premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Krieger is also the associate artistic director of the multi-award-winning L.A.-based classical theater company The Porters of Hellsgate. Most recently, Krieger wrote, produced, and directed the feature thriller “The Binding,” set for a fall 2016 release.

Michael Glassman (producer) is a partner at Outlaw Productions, overseeing all development and production, including the hit NBC series “The Sing-Off.” Glassman also produced the independent romantic comedy “Phat Girlz,” starring comedian Mo’nique, which was acquired by Fox Searchlight and released nationwide in 2006.

Scott G. Hyman (producer) recently founded the feature film production company Zest Productions, whose first feature project, “House of Stairs,” is a psychological thriller based on the book by acclaimed young adult writer William Sleator. Previously, he worked at Sneak Preview Entertainment where he was a producer on “(500) Days of Summer,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. He was also a producer on “Our Family Wedding” (Forest Whitaker, America Ferrera) and “Miss March.”

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