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Akeelah and the Bee (2006) Poster

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Directed by 

Doug Atchison

Writing Credits (WGA)  

Doug Atchison ... (written by)

Cast (in credits order) complete, awaiting verification  

Keke Palmer ... Akeelah
Laurence Fishburne ... Dr. Larabee
Angela Bassett ... Tanya
Curtis Armstrong ... Mr. Welch
J.R. Villarreal ... Javier (as JR Villarreal)
Sean Michael Afable ... Dylan
Sahara Ware Sahara Ware ... Georgia (as Sahara Garey)
Lee Thompson Young ... Devon
Julito McCullum ... Terrence
Erica Hubbard ... Kiana
Eddie Steeples ... Derrick-T
Dalia Phillips ... Ms. Cross
Tzi Ma ... Mr. Chiu
Jeris Poindexter ... Steve (as Jeris Lee Poindexter)
Sara Niemietz ... Polly
George Hornedo ... Roman
Craig Wasson ... Ted Saunders
Katie Kerwin McCrimmon Katie Kerwin McCrimmon ... Self
Marjorie Harris Marjorie Harris ... National Spelling Bee Head Judge
Jacques Bailly Jacques Bailly ... National Spelling Bee Pronouncer (as Jacques Bailly Ph.D.)
Krysten Leigh Jones Krysten Leigh Jones ... Tough Girl #1
Amirah Hawkins Amirah Hawkins ... Tough Girl #2
Jeff Marlow ... District Judge
Chloé Conroy Chloé Conroy ... District Pronouncer
Lee Garlington ... Regional Judge
Sidney Ganis ... Regional Pronouncer (as Sid Ganis)
Austin Herrera Davis ... Cheating Boy
Janet Borrus ... Cheating Boy's Mom
Wolfgang Bodison ... Akeelah's Father
Marcus Hawkins Dungey Marcus Hawkins Dungey ... Chuckie
Bonita Friedericy ... Volunteer
Caroline J. Smith Caroline J. Smith ... Mary Calveretti
Neil Soni Neil Soni ... Rajeev Subramonian
Jack Ong ... Korean Grocer
Lauren Sanchez ... Reporter
Fay Hauser ... Woman on TV
Keshell Lucas Keshell Lucas ... Little Girl on TV
Corina Boettger Corina Boettger ... Red-Haired Girl
Shyann Chatman Shyann Chatman ... Eighth-Grade Girl
Todd Wagner ... Regional Bee Assistant Judge
Brittany Curran ... District Speller #1 (as Brittany Elizabeth Curran)
Alexandra Rieger ... District Speller #2
Eric Don Eric Don ... Regional Speller #1
Julia Kelleher Julia Kelleher ... Regional Speller #2
Zac Gardner ... Regional Speller #3
John A. Ausick John A. Ausick ... "Sacciform" Speller
Maddy Kloss Maddy Kloss ... "Scutellate" Speller
Mason Green Mason Green ... "Longicollis" Speller
Jessy J. Hwang Jessy J. Hwang ... "Ginglymus" Speller
Biplab Panda Biplab Panda ... "Empennage" Speller
Alexander Christian Stephans Alexander Christian Stephans ... "Souchong" Speller
Katie L. Brown Katie L. Brown ... "Intussusception" Speller
John Oxenreiter John Oxenreiter ... "Engastrimythic" Speller
Katie Olson Katie Olson ... "Escharotic" Speller
Jason Ortenberg Jason Ortenberg ... "Flocculation" Speller
Lance Norling ... Boy in Wheelchair
Jmeka Cherrel Jmeka Cherrel ... Driver
Kahlil Ashanti ... Postman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kevin Cole Kevin Cole ... Registration Guy
Andrea Calabrese ... Spectator (uncredited)
D.T. Carney D.T. Carney ... (uncredited)
Pierre D. Chambers Pierre D. Chambers ... Parent (uncredited)
Rennie Cowan ... Parent (uncredited)
Jemma Evans ... Spelling Bee Audience Member (uncredited)
Eric Fallecker Eric Fallecker ... Student (uncredited)
Aaron Fonseca Aaron Fonseca ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Andrea Frisby ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Thomas Gilbert Thomas Gilbert ... Photographer (uncredited)
Justin Rodgers Hall Justin Rodgers Hall ... Parent (uncredited)
Stephanie Hass Stephanie Hass ... National Spelling Bee Press Reporter (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Dava Hulsey ... Finals - Judge (uncredited)
Carshenah Jefferson ... National Spelling Bee Press Reporter (uncredited)
Lanaria Johnson Lanaria Johnson ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Rebecca Knight ... Featured Speller (uncredited)
Elaine Lockhart ... Teacher (uncredited)
Robert McMurrer Robert McMurrer ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Kelron Mixon Kelron Mixon ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Margaret Newborn ... Parent (uncredited)
Kai Nugent Kai Nugent ... Baby Akeelah (uncredited)
Galda E. Ortiz Galda E. Ortiz ... News Reporter (uncredited)
Justin D. Reininga Justin D. Reininga ... Spelling Bee Audience Member (uncredited)
Michelle Stobaugh Michelle Stobaugh ... Javier's Friend (uncredited)
Holly Traister ... Finals Judge (uncredited)
Brittany M. Wildman Brittany M. Wildman ... Speller (uncredited)
Kaitlyn Williams ... Featured Speller (uncredited)

Produced by 

Jaki Brown ... co-producer (as Jaki Brown-Karman)
Michael Burns ... executive producer
Marc Butan ... executive producer
Mark Cuban ... executive producer
Laurence Fishburne ... producer
Sidney Ganis ... producer (as Sid Ganis)
Nancy Hult Ganis ... producer
Michael Johnson ... associate producer
Kent Kubena ... co-producer
Danny Llewelyn ... producer
Tom Ortenberg ... executive producer
Michael Paseornek ... executive producer
Dalia Phillips ... associate producer
Michael Romersa ... producer
Helen Sugland ... executive producer
Mike Upton ... co-producer
Todd Wagner ... executive producer

Music by 

Aaron Zigman

Cinematography by 

M. David Mullen ... director of photography

Film Editing by 

Glenn Farr

Casting By 

Jaki Brown ... (as Jaki Brown-Karman)
Kim Coleman
Aisha Coley

Production Design by 

Warren Alan Young

Art Direction by 

Shelley A. Wallace

Set Decoration by 

Julieann Getman

Costume Design by 

Sharen Davis

Makeup Department 

Linda Cowan ... key makeup artist
Fay Kelly ... assistant hair stylist
Erma Kent ... assistant hair stylist
Edna Sheen ... department head makeup (as Edna M. Sheen)
Kenneth Walker ... department head hair stylist
Gigi Williams ... key makeup artist

Production Management 

Jennifer Booth ... production supervisor (as Jennifer L. Booth)
Joseph P. Genier ... unit production manager: additional photography (as Joe Genier)
Rosemary Lara ... manager of production: Lionsgate
Lisa Looney ... production supervisor: additional photography
Curtis A. Miller ... supervisor of production: Lionsgate
Carl Pedregal ... post-production supervisor
Donna Sloan ... executive in charge of production: Lions Gate Films
Mike Upton ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 

Anne Carroll ... additional assistant director
Rodney Allen Hooks ... assistant director
David K. Riebel ... key second assistant director (as David Riebel)
Chad Rosen ... first assistant director: additional photography
Marvin Williams ... second second assistant director (as Marvin J. Williams Jr.)
Ken Twohy ... crowds assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department 

Alysia Allen ... art department coordinator (as Alysia D. Allen)
Roxanne Brooks ... art department production assistant
Nelson Bush ... set dresser
Richard Day ... art department production assistant (as Richard J. Day Jr.)
Matthew D. Egan ... propmaker
Bianca Ferro ... props
Mark Finer ... art department production assistant
Chela Fiorini ... assistant props
Matt Furginson ... assistant property master (as F. Matthew Furginson)
Crill Hansen ... laborer
Lonnie Hansen ... laborer
Jason Dock Harrell ... propmaker
Kathleen Kasinger ... property master
Shan Kelly ... on-set dresser
Charles Kern ... painter
Leslie Lawson ... painter
Lawrence D. Lira ... draper
Alicia Maccarone ... set designer (as Alicia MacCarone)
Jocelyn Marsh ... art department production assistant
Robert 'Cass' McEntee ... construction coordinator
Douglas McKay ... set dresser
Kristie Moore ... painter (as Kristie E. Moore-Bialuski)
Efren N. Perez ... set dresser (as Efrén Pérez)
Ken Peterson ... set dresser
Buddy Ray Reynolds ... set dresser (as Buddy Ray Reynolds-Maichel)
Oswaldo Rojas ... propmaker
Michael Ryan ... painter
Jose Saenz ... greensman (as Jose A. Saenz)
Greg Sanger ... leadman
Grant Sawyer ... set dresser
Angela Simpson ... art department production assistant
Marquis Smith ... laborer
Sherman Toy ... art department production assistant
Sal Valle ... set dresser (as Salvador Valle)
Abraham Vorster ... draper
John Warner ... on-set dresser

Sound Department 

Nancy Barker ... first assistant sound editor
Lance Brown ... additional sound re-recording mixer
Ezra Dweck ... additional sound re-recording mixer
Greg Hedgepath ... sound effects editor (as Gregory Hedgepath)
Matt Hedges ... sound editorial coordinator
Melissa Kennelly ... foley editor (as Melissa Pillmear)
Shawn Kennelly ... foley mixer
Laura Macias ... foley artist
Barbara McCart ... sound recordist
James Morioka ... supervising dialogue editor
Chris Navarro ... adr recordist
Vince Nicastro ... foley artist
Matthew Nicolay ... sound mixer
Ken S. Polk ... re-recording mixer
Fred Stafford ... supervising adr editor
Roland N. Thai ... supervising sound designer / supervising sound editor
Eric Thompson ... adr mixer
Gerard Vernice ... cable person
Stacey A. Washer ... boom operator
James Wright ... sound engineer: Dolby
Julie Altus ... adr recordist (uncredited)
Dean St. John ... adr mixer (uncredited)

Visual Effects by 

Shelly Dutcher ... inferno artist: Modern Videofilm, Inc.
Mark Intravartolo ... inferno artist: Modern Videofilm, Inc.
Karen McCarthy ... drs operator: Modern Videofilm
Andrew Midgley ... visual effects producer: Modern Videofilm, Inc.
Pat Repola ... vice president of feature post: Modern Videofilm, Inc.
John Scheer ... iq artist: Modern Videofilm, Inc.
Mike Uguccioni ... visual effects supervisor: XY & Z Visual Effects

Camera and Electrical Department 

Eric S. Adamson ... electrician
Saeed Adyani ... still photographer
James 'Keeper' Auld ... dolly grip
Joseph M. Barno ... grip
Denise Brady ... grip
Brian Christie ... grip
Jeffrey R. Clark ... first assistant camera: additional photography
Cooper Donaldson ... electrician
Manny Duran ... key grip: additional photography
Keith Eisberg ... assistant: Christopher Mosio, additional photography (as Keith Iceberg) / first assistant camera: "b" camera
Jordan Garretson ... grip
Dash Hart ... genny operator
Timothy Hedgecock ... electrician (as Tim Hedgecock)
Brad Heiner ... key grip
Tommy Hubbard ... electrician
Joshua Lee Huber ... electrician
Stephen James ... grip (as Stephen K. James)
John Leonetti ... electrician (as John T. Leonetti)
Marcos O Lopez ... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Marcus Lopez)
Matthew Minke ... grip (as Matt Minke)
Chris Mosio ... camera operator: "b" camera (as Christopher Mosio) / director of photography: second unit, additional photography (as Christopher Mosio)
David Mun ... second assistant camera
Robert Murphy ... best boy electric
Bob Myers ... grip (as Robert Myers)
Jarrod Oswald ... second assistant camera: additional photography
Rich Paisley ... gaffer
Noah Peter ... grip
Theo Pingarelli ... first assistant camera
Johnny Radzik ... camera operator: "a" camera (as John Radzik)
Alexander Salazar ... grip
Steven Douglas Smith ... additional photographer: additional photography
Deron Tse ... grip
Steve Whitcomb ... film loader (as Stephen Whitcomb)
William Rick Young ... best boy grip (as Rick Young)
Mark Carlile ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Michael Fitzgerald ... epk photographer (uncredited)
Andrew Korner ... additional electrician (uncredited)
Dave Muskeni ... electrician (uncredited)
Jeff Niggemeyer ... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Johnny Radzik ... steadicam operator (uncredited)

Casting Department 

Benita Elliott ... casting assistant
Barbara Harris ... adr voice casting
Robyn M. Mitchell ... casting assistant (as Robyn Mitchell)
Cash Oshman ... Big Crowds: President
Eve Streger ... casting assistant
Lamese Williams ... casting associate
Heather Sirota ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department 

Yvonne Bastidos ... costumer
Cheryl Cravedi ... set costumer
Meta Issa ... costumer (as Meta Moïse)
Riki Lin Sabusawa ... costume supervisor
Jodie Stern ... costumer
Robin West ... assistant costume designer

Editorial Department 

Jenny Cho ... post-production assistant
Mark Czyzewski ... additional editor / first assistant editor
Sue Gates ... colorist: Modern Videofilm, Inc.
Mark W. McCoy ... post-production coordinator
Josh Moore ... laboratory contact: Technicolor
David Orr ... color timer: Technicolor
Janice Papadaki ... negative cutter
Martha Savelio ... telecine: Entertainment Post
Bob Wenokur ... studio post-production representative (uncredited)

Location Management 

Richard DiPatri ... assistant location manager (as Richard Dipatri)
Andrew C. Keeter ... location manager (as Andy Keeter)
Craig Simmons ... assistant location manager (as Craig N. Simmons)

Music Department 

Johnny Caruso ... supervising music editor
Mollie B. Casey ... music assistant
Jay Faires ... president of music: Lionsgate
Jeanne Fay ... music clearance
Joel C. High ... music supervisor
Tricia Holloway ... music consultant: Lionsgate
Kevin Koloff ... music legal: Lionsgate
Mateo Laboriel ... electronic music programmer
Ernest Lee ... music recording engineer
Thomas D. Mahoney ... music coordinator (as Tom Mahoney)
Evelyn Paglinawan ... music legal: Lionsgate (as Evelyn J. Paglinawan)
Eduardo Ponsdomenech ... music editor
Rebecca Rienks ... music coordinator
Michael Stern ... score mixer / score recordist
Jesse Voccia ... electronic music programmer
Sam Zeines ... music consultant: Clockwirk Music
Aaron Zigman ... conductor
Howard Drossin ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Josh Evans ... assistant score engineer (uncredited)
Steve Juliani ... music preparation (uncredited)
Kory Kruckenberg ... scoring assistant engineer (uncredited)
Sean Osborn ... clarinet (uncredited)
Satnam Ramgotra ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
David Sabee ... orchestra contractor (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department 

Jan McWilliams ... script supervisor

Transportation Department 

Tony Barattini ... driver
Rod Brodie ... driver
Joe Cosentino ... driver
Angel Desanti ... transportation captain (as Angel De Santi)
Audrey Fitzgerald ... driver
Wayne Flowers Jr. ... driver (as Wayne Flowers)
William Gardner ... driver
Nathan Hardcastle ... transportation dispatcher
Geno Hart ... transportation coordinator
Kirk Huston ... transportation captain
Leo Landa ... driver
Steve Larson ... driver
Luis Mata ... driver: additional photography
Esteban Munoz ... mechanic (as Esteban Muñoz)
John Pellegrino ... driver
Adam Pinkstaff ... driver
Joseph R. Rose ... driver (as Joe Rose)
Brian Stackhouse ... driver
Steven Luke Weible ... driver (as Steve Weible)
Herbert David Wilson ... driver (as H. David Wilson)
Chris Haynes ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew 

Axel Alba ... adr cast
Mary Jane Amato ... first assistant accountant
Leland Jay Anderson ... assistant: Laurence Fishburne
Shadee Ardalan ... set production assistant
James M. Arnold ... payroll accountant
Bree Bailey ... assistant: Michael Paseornek
Kimberly Bailey ... adr cast
Jacques Bailly ... technical advisor (as Jacques Bailly Ph.D.)
Andrea Baker ... adr cast
Susan Bannout ... medic
Cassandra Barbour ... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Jim Bartoo ... digital asset management: Lionsgate
Kendre Berry ... adr cast
P. John Burke ... counsel: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, 2929 Productions
Courtney Taylor Burness ... adr cast (as Courtney Burness)
Polly Businger ... studio teacher (as Polly Basinger) / studio teacher
Jules Carideo ... production coordinator
Lanei Chapman ... adr cast (as Lanai Chapman)
Bryant Cheng ... office production assistant
Jason Cox ... set production assistant (as Jason M. Cox)
Kevin Davidson ... adr cast
Jenny DeArmitt ... assistant production coordinator
Yon Elvira ... supervisor: assets and production publicity, Lionsgate
Carlo Eugster ... assistant: Sid Ganis
Heather Fielding ... studio teacher
Jeff Fischer ... adr cast (as Jeffrey Todd Fischer)
Amanda Shamis Flannery ... business and legal affairs coordinator: Lionsgate (as Amanda Shamis)
Cynthia Gates Fujikawa ... production accountant
Lisa Gooding ... clearance supervisor
Maya Goodwin ... looping group
Pamela B. Green ... main title: PIC (as Pamela Green)
Sarah Greenberg ... co-president of film marketing: Lionsgate
Elaine Hall ... dialogue coach (as Elaine Hall Katz)
Terrence Hardy Jr. ... adr cast (as Terrence Hardy)
Liam Hearne ... post-production accountant
Gary Hebert ... title designer: main title, PIC
Dorottya Hegedus ... assistant: Mike Upton (as Dorottya Hegedus-Lum)
Kayla Henry ... adr cast
Diana Horwich ... assistant: Doug McClure, 2929 Productions
Josh Holden Hume ... office production assistant (as Josh 'Holden' Hume)
Paige Hurd ... adr cast
Tracy Jackson ... assistant: Angela Bassett
Krysten Leigh Jones ... adr cast (as Kyrsten Leigh Jones)
Audrey Kendrick ... assistant: Helen Sugland
Carlyle King ... adr cast
Brian M. Kingman ... insurance: Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services. Inc (as Brian Kingman)
Cody Klop ... adr cast
Katelyn Kowalick ... adr cast
Robyn Kubena ... assistant: Marc Butan (as Robyn Heath)
Carlos Lacamara ... adr cast (as Carlos La Camara)
John Lafayette ... adr cast (as John La Fayette)
Jeff L. Lieberman ... electronic press kit (as Jeff Lieberman)
Jose Lopez ... chef
Nery Arnold Lopez ... chef (as Nery Lopez)
Daniel MacArthur ... assistant: Donna Sloan
Danielle Mana ... assistant: cast / production assistant: additional photography
Christopher Marlon ... assistant: cast
Austin Marques ... adr cast
Terence Mathews ... adr cast (as Terence Matthew)
Douglas McClure ... business affairs: 2929 Productions (as Douglas B. McClure)
Todd McCormick ... production assistant: additional photography
Meredith McIvor ... production coordinator
Robert M. Melnik ... executive vice president: business and legal affairs, Lionsgate (as Robert Melnick)
Ricky Mendez ... assistant: cast
Khanya Mkhize ... adr cast
Kevin Moll ... studio teacher
Keri Moorhouse ... assistant: cast (as Keri Ann Moorhouse)
Michaela Jill Murphy ... adr cast (as Jessie Flower)
Robert Natter ... assistant: Michael Romersa and Danny Lewellyn
Lisa Ng ... assistant
A.J. Noel ... adr cast (as AJ Noel)
Tim Palen ... Co-President, Theatrical Marketing: Lionsgate
Kevin Picket ... craft service (as Kevin Pickett)
Keith C. Pickett ... second craft service
Julie Polkes ... unit publicist
Michelle Pullman ... assistant: Jay Faires
Mishon Ratliff ... adr cast (as Mischon Ratliff)
Emily Rice ... post-production accountant
Lyman Richardson ... set production assistant
Ashlynn Rose ... adr cast (as Ashlyn Rose)
James Ross ... set security
Amber Roy ... business and legal affairs: Lionsgate (as Amber N. Roy)
Jonathan Ruiz ... creative executive: Lionsgate
John Sacchi ... senior vice president of production: Lionsgate
Jeff Saville ... set production assistant
Samar Sepehri ... contract administrator: Lionsgate
Laura Sevier ... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Zack Shada ... adr cast
Jo Ann Smith ... studio teacher (as Jo Ann M. Smith)
Michael S. Strange ... production assistant: additional photography
Tinashe ... adr cast (as Tinashe Kachingwe)
Jarik Van Sluijs ... title designer: main title, PIC
Charlyn Ware ... vice president: business and legal affairs, Lionsgate
Robert Weisman ... caterer
Denzel Whitaker ... adr cast
Donald E. Wygal ... assistant production coordinator (as Donald E. Wygal Jr.)
Cory Cate ... production assistant (uncredited)
Julie Cummings ... production assistant (uncredited)
Dante ... warm-up comic (uncredited)
Mike Kohl ... production assistant (uncredited)
Sean Kevin Sweeney ... production assistant (uncredited)
Paul Wilson-Young ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks 

Amy Atchison ... special thanks
Michael Behrens ... special thanks
Eric J. Danenberg ... special thanks
Montana Fishburne ... dedicatee: Mr. Fishburne dedicates his performance to his daughter (as Montana)
Garth Friedrich ... special thanks
Alex Graves ... special thanks
Djibril N'Doye ... special thanks (as Dubril N'Doye)
Mary N'Doye ... special thanks (as Mary N' Doye)
Bayo Ogumdele ... special thanks
Lou Pitt ... special thanks
Carla M. Roberts ... special thanks (as Carla M. Roberts Esq.)
Greg Tennant ... special thanks
Alvin Williams ... special thanks
Marianne Williamson ... acknowledgement: quotes from "A Return To Love" courtesy of
Richard Yarborough ... special thanks: Department of English, University of California, Los Angeles (as Professor Richard Yarborough)

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