Even while writing scripts for television shows in Los Angeles, Stephen Neigher just wanted to help children he saw on the streets.
“I always felt that the kids were just helpless,” he said. “They either joined a gang or got killed.”
The UNC communication studies professor — who moved to Chapel Hill in 2001 — decided to act on his philanthropic spirit on the other side of the country.
Sticking to his strengths, Neigher created Matinee Scholars, an after-school program that gives middle school students the chance to write and produce their own television series, “The Middle Ages.”
Its second season is in production at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA after a successful run last year at the Durham Student U.
For the past month, students from various middle schools have been writing screenplays for two 10-minute episodes. Some of these writers are also part of the show’s cast. Filming is set to begin Nov. 19.