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I’m filmmaker Holland R Gallagher, and I’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new show about the startup and rap scene in Durham called “Hype.” The show centers around a young man, Smiles, who is trying to buy back the house of his adolescent love so she can move back into the neighborhood they grew up in.
As a storyteller living in Durham, I’m hoping to create something interesting and positive for the area and make a show that we can enjoy and talk about as a community.
The younger generation in America is a self-starter generation. They (we) believe in being able to do what they want and what they think is important. Everyone’s a business, a brand. It’s an entrepreneurial way of thinking and one that parallels the rap industry and, obviously, the startup world. These spaces are the backdrop of “Hype,” and represent the idea behind the title. Much of a new rap artist or startup’s success is due to the hype surrounding it, and thematically, this is what the show is about; how we maneuver our personal perceptions and realities.
“Hype” is written and directed by me, plus features local actors and actresses.
The Kickstarter went live April, 4 and will run for a month. If the $10,000 is raised, “Hype” will shoot over the summer.
Watch the video above to get a taste of what “Hype” is all about.