Gallagher, who graduated from the arts entrepreneurship minor program in 2016, said his time at UNC gave him the confidence to move forward in screenwriting and to reach out to sponsors to support his idea.
“People all have different perceptions of what happens in the world, and not everybody shares the same perception of events,” Gallagher said. “It’s about carving a new space and making something new, and that’s definitely something that the entrepreneurship program is all about at UNC.”
“Hype” follows the story of Smiles, a young man working to make money to buy back his love interest’s adolescent home. As the series progresses, Smiles finds himself co-founding a company, surrounded by entrepreneurial artists and local musicians.
Gallagher said he wrote the script to parallel the stories of real, local artists and to provide people with a representation of the growth that Durham is experiencing in its structure, culture and music.