The A.C. Cinefest is proud to present the 2016 Lifesaver Award to Blanche Baker and Scott L. Schwartz
Blanche Baker studied with Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen. Her feature films include Sixteen Candles, The Handmaid’s Tale with Robert Duvall, Raw Deal with Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Kevin Bacon HBO film Taking Chance. She won an Emmy for Holocaust with Meryl Streep. Daughter of actress, Carroll Baker, Blanche was part of the Yale Repertory Theatre. Her theatre roles include Steel Magnolias and Edward Albee’s Lolita with Donald Sutherland. Blanche is Senior Faculty at The New York Film Academy where she is currently writing and directing Streetwrite a movie musical about freedom of speech.
Scott L. Schwartz
Scott L. Schwartz appeared in all three Ocean films with George Clooney and Brad Pitt, playing the role of Bruiser. The Philadelphia native directed, wrote and starred Changing Hands, an action thriller which tells the story of a gun, and the path it takes on its journey through different hands. After college, he used his size to become a professional wrestler where he toured the world. A California agent convinced him to take up acting. In addition to roles as a tough guy, Schwartz appeared in Fun with Dick and Jane, Starsky and Hutch, Scorpion King, Spider-Man, Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegasand Fire Down Below. A bunch of TV shows, too.
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