Documentary shares entrepreneurs across NC, Jerry Neal recognized

After the documentary, Jonathan Thill asked Neal further questions about his journey.

It’s 7 pm, and despite the heavy rain on a Tuesday night, people still enter the Sunset Theater to join the premiere of a documentary series.

The “Making North Carolina” series created by VentureAsheboro and RhinoLeap Production showed three documentaries out of the seven that would tell the stories of North Carolina entrepreneurs from the Piedmont and Triangle.

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Jonathan Thill, co-founder of VentureAsheboro, said the company received a $ 103,000 grant from NC IDEA, a private foundation that supports entrepreneurship. The allocation for the series was $ 20,000, which was used to engage RhinoLeap Productions for videography, editing and the premiere night.

“We are hopeful that PBS-NC will consider picking up the series, which would fund us to continue telling amazing stories of entrepreneurial North Carolinians,” Thill said. “Our goal is to tell inspiring stories of entrepreneurial failures and successes across our great state.”

Jeremy Skidmore, artistic director for the production, greeted the audience explaining the documentaries would be broken into three parts with a Q&A at the end. The entrepreneurs featured were Jerry Neal, Leigh-Kathryn Bonner and Algenon Cash.

Here is a deeper look at Randolph County’s entrepreneur Jerry Neal. Neal’s accomplishments can be further found in the documentary; some of the responses were taken from the series.