Cast & Crew

Directed By

Written By

Doug Atchison
written by


Tzi Ma
Mr. Chiu
Craig Wasson
Ted Saunders
Marjorie Harris
National Spelling Bee Head Judge
Jacques Bailly
National Spelling Bee Pronouncer
Krysten Leigh Jones
Tough Girl #1
Amirah Hawkins
Tough Girl #2
Jeff Marlow
District Judge
Chloé Conroy
District Pronouncer
Lee Garlington
Regional Judge
Sidney Ganis
Regional Pronouncer
Janet Borrus
Cheating Boy's Mom
Wolfgang Bodison
Akeelah's Father
Caroline J. Smith
Mary Calveretti
Neil Soni
Rajeev Subramonian
Jack Ong
Korean Grocer
Fay Hauser
Woman on TV
Keshell Lucas
Little Girl on TV
Corina Boettger
Red-Haired Girl
Shyann Chatman
Eighth-Grade Girl
Todd Wagner
Regional Bee Assistant Judge
Brittany Curran
District Speller #1
Alexandra Rieger
District Speller #2
Eric Don
Regional Speller #1
Julia Kelleher
Regional Speller #2
Zac Gardner
Regional Speller #3
John A. Ausick
"Sacciform" Speller
Maddy Kloss
"Scutellate" Speller
Mason Green
"Longicollis" Speller
Jessy J. Hwang
"Ginglymus" Speller
Biplab Panda
"Empennage" Speller
Katie L. Brown
"Intussusception" Speller
John Oxenreiter
"Engastrimythic" Speller
Katie Olson
"Escharotic" Speller
Jason Ortenberg
"Flocculation" Speller
Lance Norling
Boy in Wheelchair
Kevin Cole
Registration Guy
Jemma Evans
Spelling Bee Audience Member
Aaron Fonseca
Audience Member
Andrea Frisby
Audience Member
Thomas Gilbert
Stephanie Hass
National Spelling Bee Press Reporter
Dava Hulsey
Finals - Judge
Carshénah Jefferson
National Spelling Bee Press Reporter
Lanaria Johnson
Audience Member
Rebecca Knight
Featured Speller
Robert McMurrer
Audience Member
Kelron Mixon
Audience Member
Kai Nugent
Baby Akeelah
Galda E. Ortiz
News Reporter
Justin D. Reininga
Spelling Bee Audience Member
Michelle Stobaugh
Javier's Friend
Holly Traister
Finals Judge
Kaitlyn Williams
Featured Speller

Produced By

Jaki Brown
Michael Burns
executive producer
Marc Butan
executive producer
Mark Cuban
executive producer
Michael Johnson
associate producer
Kent Kubena
Tom Ortenberg
executive producer
Michael Paseornek
executive producer
Dalia Phillips
associate producer
Helen Sugland
executive producer
Mike Upton
Todd Wagner
executive producer


M. David Mullen
director of photography


Nancy Barker
first assistant sound editor
Lance Brown
additional sound re-recording mixer
Ezra Dweck
additional sound re-recording mixer
Kostas Gkikas
adr mixer
Greg Hedgepath
sound effects editor
Matt Hedges
sound editorial coordinator
Melissa Kennelly
foley editor
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
Dean St. John
adr mixer


Casting Director

Jaki Brown
Casting Director

Production Design

Art Direction


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

Visual Effects

Shelly Dutcher
inferno artist: Modern Videofilm, Inc.
Mark Intravartolo
inferno artist: Modern VideoFilm
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

Assistant Director

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

Production Management

Jennifer Booth
production supervisor
Joseph P. Genier
unit production manager: additional photography
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

Art Department

Alysia Allen
art department coordinator
Roxanne Brooks
art department production assistant
Nelson Bush
set dresser
Richard Day
art department production assistant
Mark Finer
art department production assistant
Chela Fiorini
assistant props
Matt Furginson
assistant property master
Kathleen Kasinger
property master
Shan Kelly
on-set dresser
Alicia Maccarone
set designer
Jocelyn Marsh
art department production assistant
Robert 'Cass' McEntee
construction coordinator
Douglas McKay
set dresser
Efren N. Perez
set dresser
Ken Peterson
set dresser
Oswaldo Rojas
Jose Saenz
Grant Sawyer
set dresser
Angela Simpson
art department production assistant
Sherman Toy
art department production assistant
Sal Valle
set dresser
John Warner
on-set dresser


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


Amy Atchison
special thanks
Michael Behrens
special thanks
Eric J. Danenberg
special thanks
Montana Fishburne
dedicatee: Mr. Fishburne dedicates his performance to his daughter
Garth Friedrich
special thanks
Alex Graves
special thanks
Djibril N'Doye
special thanks
Mary N'Doye
special thanks
Bayo Ogumdele
special thanks
Lou Pitt
special thanks
Carla M. Roberts
special thanks
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

Music Department

Terence Blanchard
composer: unused score
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
Evelyn Paglinawan
music legal: Lionsgate
Rebecca Rienks
music coordinator
Michael Stern
score mixer / score recordist
Jesse Voccia
electronic music programmer
John Winters
scoring crew
Sam Zeines
music consultant: Clockwirk Music
Aaron Zigman
Howard Drossin
Josh Evans
assistant score engineer
Steve Juliani
music preparation
Kory Kruckenberg
scoring assistant engineer
Sean Osborn
Satnam Ramgotra
musician: percussion
David Sabee
orchestra contractor

Casting Department

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

Costume Department

Cheryl Cravedi
set costumer
Meta Moise
Riki Lin Sabusawa
costume supervisor
Jodie Stern
Robin West
assistant costume designer

Camera Department

Eric S. Adamson
Saeed Adyani
still photographer
Jeffrey R. Clark
first assistant camera: additional photography
Cooper Donaldson
Manny Duran
key grip: additional photography
Keith Eisberg
assistant: Christopher Mosio, additional photography / first assistant camera: "b" camera
Dash Hart
genny operator
Brad Heiner
key grip
Tommy Hubbard
Joshua Lee Huber
John Leonetti
Marcos O Lopez
second assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Mosio
camera operator: "b" camera / director of photography: second unit, additional photography
David Mun
second assistant camera
Robert Murphy
best boy electric
Jarrod Oswald
second assistant camera: additional photography
Theo Pingarelli
first assistant camera
Johnny Radzik
camera operator: "a" camera / steadicam operator
Steven Douglas Smith
additional photographer: additional photography
Steve Whitcomb
film loader
William Rick Young
best boy grip
Mark Carlile
lighting technician
Michael Fitzgerald
epk photographer
Andrew Korner
additional electrician
Dave Muskeni
Jeff Niggemeyer
rigging electrician

Location Management

Richard DiPatri
assistant location manager
Andrew C. Keeter
location manager
Craig Simmons
assistant location manager

Script Department

Jan McWilliams
script supervisor
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