Spellbound

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Spellbound is a 2002 documentary that was directed by Jeffrey Blitz. The film follows eight competitors in the 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Documentary Feature; Yana Gorskaya's editing won the... read more
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Spellbound is a 2002 documentary that was directed by Jeffrey Blitz. The film follows eight competitors in the 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Documentary Feature; Yana Gorskaya's editing won the ACE Eddie award for best editing of documentary. Spellbound won the Emmy for Cultural/Artistic Programming and Jeffrey Blitz was nominated for directing. Frank Neuhauser, winner of the first National Spelling Bee, held in 1925, appears in the film.

Original Release

11/13/2002

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Cast

Harry Altman Himself - Spelling Bee Participant
Angela Arenivar Herself - Spelling Bee Participant
Ted Brigham Himself - Ted's Brother (as Tim)
April DeGideo Himself - April's Father
Neil Kadakia Himself - Spelling Bee Participant
Nupur Lala Herself - Spelling Bee Participant
Ned Andrews Himself
Jacques Bailly Himself
William Dolan Himself
Eric Enders Himself
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Jeffrey Blitz

Writers

Jeffrey Blitz

Cast

Harry Altman Himself - Spelling Bee Participant
Angela Arenivar Herself - Spelling Bee Participant
Ted Brigham Himself - Ted's Brother (as Tim)
April DeGideo Himself - April's Father
Neil Kadakia Himself - Spelling Bee Participant
Nupur Lala Herself - Spelling Bee Participant
Ned Andrews Himself
Jacques Bailly Himself
William Dolan Himself
Eric Enders Himself
Geoff Hooper Himself
Vinay Krupadev Boy Who Says Yenta
Alexander Mohapatra Himself
Sydnor Mehr Richkind Himself
Shuojing Song Himself
Katie Kerwin McCrimmon Herself
Julianne Ruth Herself - Angela's Friend
Amee Tejani Herself
Ubaldo Arenivar Himself - Angela's Father (as Ubaldo)
Jorge Arenivar Himself - Angela's Brother (as Jorge)

Producers

Editors

Yana Gorskaya

2003 Oscar Best Documentary, Features Nominated
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