Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 American drama film written and directed by Doug Atchison. It tells the story of Akeelah Anderson, an 11-year-old girl who participates in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, her mother, her schoolmates, and her coach, Dr. Joshua Larabee. The cast also features
Akeelah and the Bee is a 2006 American drama film written and directed by Doug Atchison. It tells the story of Akeelah Anderson, an 11-year-old girl who participates in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, her mother, her schoolmates, and her coach, Dr. Joshua Larabee. The cast also features Curtis Armstrong, J.R. Villareal, Sean Michael Afable, Erica Hubbard, Lee Thompson Young, Julito McCullum, Sahara Garey, Eddie Steeples, and Tzi Ma. The film was developed over a period of 10 years by Atchison, who came up with the initial concept after seeing the 1994 Scripps National Spelling Bee and noting that a majority of the competitors came from good socioeconomic backgrounds. After completing the script in 1999, Atchison won one of the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting in 2000, and subsequently attracted producers Sid Ganis and Nancy Hult Ganis to the project. After an initial inability to secure funding, the project got a second wind as a result of the success of the 2002 documentary film Spellbound. Eventually, Lionsgate Films bought the rights to the script and undertook the production in 2005, filming in South Los Angeles on a budget of over $6 million. Show Less
Cast: Lance Norling, Jacques Bailly, Sean Michael Afable, Amirah Hawkins, Kelron Mixon, Todd Wagner, Tzi Ma, Shyann Chatman, George Hornedo, Zac Gardner, Julito McCullum, Lee Garlington, Aaron Fonseca, Marcus Hawkins-Dungey, Brittany Curran, Eric Don, Katie Olson, John A. Ausick, Fay Hauser, John Oxenreiter, Jeris Lee Poindexter, Justin D. Reininga, Kaitlyn Williams, Biplab Panda, Katie Kerwin McCrimmon, Ric Govea, Sahara Garey, Lanaria Johnson, Eric Fallecker, Keshell Lucas, Corina Boettger, Dalia Phillips, Dava Hulsey, Rennie Cowan, Jason Ortenberg, Alexandra Rieger, Justin Rodgers Hall, Andrea Frisby, Curtis Armstrong, Lee Thompson Young, Jeff Marlow, Sid Ganis, Austin Herrera Davis, Eddie Steeples, Chloé Conroy, Maddy Kloss, Sara Niemietz, Jmeka Cherrel, Jessy J. Hwang, Marjorie Harris, Krysten Leigh Jones, Neil Soni, Angela Bassett, Brittany M. Wildman, Bonita Friedericy, Stephanie Hass, D.T. Carney, Julia Kelleher, Erica Hubbard, Caroline J. Smith, J.R. Villarreal, Craig Wasson, Wolfgang Bodison, Lauren Sánchez, Katie L. Brown, Kahlil Ashanti, Alexander Christian Stephans, Mason Green, Holly Traister, Jack Ong, Pierre D. Chambers, Janet Borrus, Keke Palmer, Robert McMurrer, Laurence Fishburne (Show Less)
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