Thanks to our Film Sponsors for Akeelah and the Bee: Paul & Mary Koss
Akeelah and the Bee is the inspirational story of Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer), a smart eleven-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words and dreams of competing in a national Spelling Bee.
“An inspiring, charming, feel-good movie that will bring you back to the days when you were excited about learning.”- Matt Pais, Metromix
Despite the objections of her mother Tanya (Angela Bassett), Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne), her principal Mr. Welch (Curtis Armstrong), and the proud residents of her neighborhood. Akeelah’s aptitude earns her an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and, in turn, unites her neighborhood, who all witness the courage and inspiration of one amazing girl. A crowd-pleasing underdog story filled with drama, heart and the love of learning, Akeelah and the Bee is a real W-I-N-N-E-R! (Dir. by Doug Atchison, 2006, USA, 112 mins., Rated PG)
Thanks to our Loft Kids Fest program sponsors: Presidio Schools, UA Health Sciences Asthma & Airway Disease Research Center, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, Trail Dust Town, Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, Broadway in Tucson, Long Realty Cares and Pima County Bicycle and Pedestrian Program!