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Review: Mike Manning is remarkable in historical drama ‘Son of the South’ (Includes first-hand account)

Jake Abel and Mike Manning in 'Son of the South' - Markos Papadatos
Jake Abel and Mike Manning in 'Son of the South' - Markos Papadatos

He plays Townsend Ellis in the film, and his acting performance was moving and resonant in Son of the South. It was certainly one of the best supporting performances in the movie along with Cedric the Entertainer, who was marvelous as Reverend Ralph Abernathy. Both would be deserving of Oscar nominations for “Best Supporting Actor.”

Manning acknowledged that this means a lot to him and that it holds a very special place in his heart.

Son of the South was directed by Barry Alexander Brown, and Spike Lee served as an executive producer. “I think the film demonstrates how far we’ve come as a country, and it reminds us how far we still have yet to go,” Manning said.

Working with our director Barry Alexander Brown and the rest of the cast and producers to bring this special film to life was truly one of the best experiences in my career so far,” Manning remarked.

Manning opened up to Digital Journal about starring in Son of the South back in January of 2021.

Jake Abel and Mike Manning in  Son of the South

Jake Abel and Mike Manning in ‘Son of the South’
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Son of the South is available on Amazon and other digital service providers, where viewers can catch Mike Manning’s remarkable performance and his cast members. The film itself is socially, culturally, and politically significant.

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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 18,000 original articles over the past 16 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a six-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past three years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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