Lifesaver Award

Al Sapienza seems to be everywhere. On primetime TV he’s been on Law and Order, Suits, Shades of Blue, Person of Interest, House of Cards, Brotherhood and Gotham. On the SYFY channel check out his role in Ascension.

Sapienza will be honored with a Lifesaver Award at the 10th anniversary of the Atlantic City Cinefest. He will receive his honor at the awards ceremony Sunday at 7:30 in Dante Hall Theater.

On HBO’s The Sopranos, Sapienza played Mikey Palmice where he had the distinction of being the first Main character to be whacked in the first season finale. On film, the New York native has been in the upcoming Shock and Awe, directed by Rob Reinet, the Academy-award nominated The Big Short, soon-to-be-released Black Water, xXx Return Of Xander Cage, Taken 3, Million Dollar Arm, Margin Call and Pretty Woman.

And what may sound as unexpected, Sapienza played Ringo Starr in the original Broadway production of Beatlemania, a role he landed five months after graduating NYU. He stayed in that show for five years and headed out to Los Angeles. He studied with Milton Katselas until 1998 when he got the Mikey Palmice part.

Harris Haith Announced As Latest Lifesaver Award Winner

Harris Haith Announced As Latest Lifesaver Award Winner

AC Cinefest is proud to announce longtime friend of the AC Cinefest, Harris Haith, as our latest Mid-Atlantic Lifesaver Award winner. Join us on Sunday night (7:30 pm) at Dante Hall Theater for the award presentation.

Harris Haith’s movie career began in ‎1987 as an entourage extra in the stand-up comedy concert movie “Eddie Murphy – RAW.” He began his production career as a production assistant on the original “Foreman Boxing Magazine” on WWAC Channel 21 in Atlantic City in 1996. In 2007, his book “Growing Up Laughing” was used in the making of Biography – Eddie Murphy on the A&E Television Network.

Following a seven year absence from the movie industry due to illness, Haith returned after receiving a kidney transplant in 2008 to win the “Best Web Comedy Series Award for his  “Pop Pop Dirty Foots” comedy series at the 2010 Hamptons Black International Film Festival.

In 2014 Haith produced the web series “Young Disciple” for which was rated one of the top series on Launch TV Network. Three years later, he co-founded and launched the Live Streaming – On Demand Provide Empowerment TV Network, creating ‎ his own distribution for movie and television content.

Also that year, Haith wrote, produced, directed, and starred in his first feature length movie “The Starks Coalition” which won four awards at The Atlantic City Cinefest including Best Actor, Best Director, Best Drama Feature. Additionally, the film’s co-star Eve Lora won Best Drama Supporting Actress‎.

In 2016 Haith wrote, produced, co-directed, and hosted the documentary “Land Of The Legendary” about the extraordinary amount of people who became highly successful, from his small one mile in circumference hometown in New York. The film won “Best Feature Documentary” at the 2016 Atlantic City Cinefest.

Past Winners

2016 – Blanche Baker, Scott L. Schwartz

2015 – Brian O’Halloran, Keith Collins

2014 – Tom Malloy

2013 – Dominique Swain

2012 – Peter Dobson, Terence Winter

2011 – Scott Rosenfelt, Joe Piscopo

2010 – Chris Mulkey

2009 – Martin Kove, Louis Mandylor

2008 – Kevin Smith