WATCH: Lamman Rucker stars in ‘Service To Man’

Set in 1967, Service To Man tells the story of Eli Rosenberg, an aspiring medical school student. Only one medical school in the country will accept Rosenberg: Meharry Medical College, a legendary all-black school in Nashville, Tennessee.

Service To Man, the latest offering from Byron Allen’s Freestyle Digital Media is a new indie flick worth watching heading our way and we’ve got a sneak peek.

Set in 1967, Service To Man tells the story of Eli Rosenberg, an aspiring medical school student. Only one medical school in the country will accept Rosenberg: Meharry Medical College, a legendary all-black school in Nashville, Tennessee. Another aspiring medical student, Michael DuBois, also has a problem — only one medical school in the country will do: Meharry Medical College, his father’s alma mater, and therefore his, whether he likes it or not.

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Together, Eli and Michael share some of the same dilemmas — they’re awkward, they’re outsiders, and they hate each other. But the moment they arrive, they’re forced to work together within the explosive pressure-cooker of the turbulent 1960s.

These uncommon allies battle the mysteries of medicine; demanding professors; crushing parental pressures; and an entire student body distrustful of them both. Inspired by an exciting true story, Service To Man celebrates the courage to honestly look within ourselves.

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Service To Man features an ensemble cast including Morgan Auld, Christopher Livingston, Keith David, Lamman Rucker, and Sydney Morton .The film is written, and co-directed and co-produced by Seth Panitch and Aaron Greer. 

“The creation of Service To Man was truly a labor of love and admiration for what Meharry Medical School accomplished in a time of immense upheaval,” Seth Panitch said in a statement.

“The thread that bound us all was the passion we shared in telling this incredible, unheard of story.”

Service To Man debuts on VOD on February 20.

You can check out other Freestyle Digital media offerings here.


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