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, Krysten Leigh Jones, Kelron Mixon, Eric Don, Jack Ong, Tzi Ma, Shyann Chatman, George Hornedo, Craig Wasson, Zac Gardner, Lee Garlington, Keke Palmer, Marcus Hawkins-Dungey, Justin Rodgers Hall, Julito McCullum, Katie Olson, Chloé Conroy, Lanaria Johnson, Brittany Curran, Todd Wagner, Kaitlyn Williams, Biplab Panda, Katie Kerwin McCrimmon, Ric Govea, Sahara Garey, Jeris Lee Poindexter, Jason Ortenberg, Keshell Lucas, Dalia Phillips, Brittany M. Wildman, Dava Hulsey, Rennie Cowan, Corina Boettger, Alexandra Rieger, Aaron Fonseca, Eddie Steeples, Curtis Armstrong, Lee Thompson Young, Jeff Marlow, Sid Ganis, Austin Herrera Davis, Marjorie Harris, Fay Hauser, Maddy Kloss, Sara Niemietz, Jmeka Cherrel, Jessy J. Hwang, Amirah Hawkins, Pierre D. Chambers, Neil Soni, Angela Bassett, Justin D. Reininga, Bonita Friedericy, Stephanie Hass, D.T. Carney, Julia Kelleher, Erica Hubbard, Caroline J. Smith, J.R. Villarreal, Andrea Frisby, Wolfgang Bodison, Lauren Sánchez, Katie L. Brown, Kahlil Ashanti, Alexander Christian Stephans, Janet Borrus, Robert McMurrer, John A. Ausick, John Oxenreiter, Mason Green, Eric Fallecker, Holly Traister, Laurence Fishburne (Show Less)
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