Atlantic City Cinefest has added actor Christopher Mann, a Chester, Pa. native, to its honoree list, joining Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Bonnie Bedelia as Lifesaver Award winners. The actors will be honored on Sunday night at Dante Hall Theater at the conclusion of the 11th annual film festival Oct. 12 to 14.
Mann, best known for his role as Councilman Tony Gray on the HBO series, “The Wire,” made his television debut on NBC’s “Homicide Life On The Streets.” He has appeared on television shows such as “Law & Order” – both SVU and Criminal Intent - “Heroes,” “Kidnapped,” “Blue Bloods,” “House of Cards”, “Mindhunters” and more.
He also acted in films including “Loving”, “Michael Clayton”, “Duplicity” and “The Bourne Legacy”. In addition to “What Death Leaves Behind”, set to play at the festival in the 3:30 p.m. block on Oct. 14 at Dante Hall, Mann will be featured in “Luce” starring Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Octavia Spencer. He also appears in “The Nomads” with Tika Sumpter and Tate Donovan and the newest installment in the Rocky franchise, “Creed II” starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson.
“Attracting an actor of Chris’ caliber is a big one for the Atlantic City Cinefest, especially with his starring role in one of our selected films,” says festival president, Joelle Sokolic.
Bedelia will also host a screening of “Die Hard” to mark the 30th anniversary of the film, where she played Holly Gennero McClane, Bruce Willis’ wife. She also appeared in “Die Hard 2.” The screening occurs Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Dante Hall. In addition, Bedelia will be a panelist on the filmmaking panel at Dante Hall on Saturday Oct. 13 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Bedelia received a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress for her role as drag racer Shirley Muldowney in “Heart Like a Wheel” and Emmy nominations for her performance in the children's special “Locked in Silence” and as Guest Actress in the series’ “Fallen Angels” episode, “The Quiet Room,” directed by Steven Soderbergh. The native New Yorker co-starred as Camille Braverman, the matriarch of the family in the television version of “Parenthood,” which ran for six years.
Tickets for the Atlantic City Cinefest are $5 for a single block of films, including “Die Hard”, $25 for a Saturday or Sunday pass and $40 for an all festival pass. Tickets are available online at www.dantehallstockton.org for a $2 service charge. They are also available at the door.
The Atlantic City Cinefest celebrates the art form of independent moviemaking. The festival has hosted Kevin Smith, Terry Winter, Robert Downey, Sr., Blanche Baker, Scott Rosenfelt, William Forsythe, Dominique Swain and Brian O'Halloran during the first nine years. Presented by Downbeach Film Festival, the Cinefest shows movies at Dante Hall Theater, 14 N. Mississippi Avenue and the Noyes Arts Garage, 2200 Fairmount Avenue. Both venues are managed by Stockton University.