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Spellbound - Harry Altman, Angela Arenivar, Ted Brigham, Jeffrey Blitz

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Movie propaganda

Little kids. Big words.

Jeff Blitz' Academy Award-nominated documentary is an affecting, inspiring look at eight children as they make their way to compete in the 1999 USA National Spelling Bee in Washington DC Defying all stereotypes and categorisations, the spellers that Blitz chooses to focus on run the ethnic and socio-economic gamut.

Persons of interest

  • Harry Altman .... Himself
  • Angela Arenivar .... Herself
  • Ted Brigham .... Himself
  • April DeGideo .... Herself
  • Neil Kadakia .... Himself
  • Nupur Lala .... Herself
  • Emily Stagg .... Herself
  • Ashley White .... Herself
  • Alex Cameron .... Himself
  • Jeffrey Blitz .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS - Oscars) 2003: Nominee: Best Documentary Feature (Jeffrey Blitz, Sean Welch)
    • Cleveland International Film Festival 2003: Won: Best Film (Jeffrey Blitz)
    • Hawaii International Film Festival 2002: Won: Best Documentary (Jeffrey Blitz)
    • Independent Spirit Awards 2003: Nominee: Truer Than Fiction Award (Jeffrey Blitz)
    • Los Angeles IFP/West Film Festival 2002: Won: Audience Award Best Documentary (Jeffrey Blitz), Special Jury Prize (Jeffrey Blitz)
    • Melbourne International Film Festival 2003: Won: Most Popular Documentary (Jeffrey Blitz)
    • SXSW Film Festival 2002: Won: Documentary Feature (Jeffrey Blitz)
    • Woodstock Film Festival 2002: Won: Maverick Award Best Documentary (Jeffrey Blitz)
  • Spellbound official movie site
  • Studios and distributors:
    • Hopscotch * 21st Century Pictures

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Theatrical report

USA is number one!

And they have the geeks to prove it. What a country.

Security censorship classification


Surveillance time

97 minutes (1:37 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 13 November 2003
DVD rental: 6 May 2004
VHS rental: 6 May 2004

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