- Primary Outlet:
- Meet me at the Movies
- Additional Outlets:
- Cinemascene, WGWG, C19 TV, Elementsofmadness.com
- Manning’s love of cinema transcends genre, culture and language. Film, television, music and pop culture journalist since 1989. Member of the Critics’ Choice Association, Online Film and Television Association, Southeastern Film Critics Association, and the NC Film Critics Association. Founder and member of film festival boards and host for entertainment shows for TV, radio and online audiences. Manning has over two-decades of experience as an adjunct professor of film, communications & new media studies. Manning worked on the Oscar-winner Last of the Mohicans; he’s produced award-winning documentaries including one on independent filmmaker Earl Owensby, and he’s served as a consultant for indie filmmakers and film fests since 1998. He currently hosts the weekly TV and radio show Meet Me at the Movies, and Manning interviews filmmakers on a regular basis. Manning has served on the nominating committees for award’s shows for Film, Documentary, and Television and has spent time on the North Carolina Film Critics executive committee. He’s worked several years with the Arts and Faith Ecumenical Film Jury, and is a contributing partner to Elements of Madness. First theatrical film memory: A Saturday afternoon creature feature, Universal’s Frankenstein (1931), at the Myer’s Theatre in Ayden, N.C. After that, his Mom would take him every weekend for screenings of more classic monster flicks. His favorite goof-out celebrity experience: Mugging it up with Oscar-winner Taika Waititi at a Critics Choice Awards ceremony. Most awkward celebrity experience: Accidentally stepping on the back of Awkwafina’s dress and almost causing a wardrobe malfunction. Most appreciated celebrity endorsement: “I like the beard Noel; it’s growing nicely.” Sacha Baron Cohen.