Bee Season


1h 44m 2005

Brief Synopsis

Eliza Naumann spells words. Lots of words. Hard words. Long words. And with an effortlessness and understanding that surprises everyone around her. Her teachers, her fellow students. But especially those closest to her: her father, mother and brother. The people whose lives Eliza's newfound gen

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Distribution Company
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Location
Oakland, California, USA; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m

Synopsis

Eliza Naumann spells words. Lots of words. Hard words. Long words. And with an effortlessness and understanding that surprises everyone around her. Her teachers, her fellow students. But especially those closest to her: her father, mother and brother. The people whose lives Eliza's newfound genius will irrevocably change. As Eliza Naumann trains for the ultimate test of her spelling powers--the pressure-packed National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C--her family simultaneously begins to fall apart. Indeed the more amazing the words are that Eliza learns to spell, the more communication seems to break down all around her. Her father Saul, a religious studies professor, sees something transcendent in Eliza's magical gift, and begins to teach her the secrets of Kabbalah. He becomes obsessed with her victories, living vicariously through her path to God. Her mother Miriam finds Eliza and Saul's shared focus a painful reminder of the connection she once had with her husband and her own parents, who died tragically when she was a young girl. Meanwhile, Eliza's older brother Aaron, once her father's favorite, rebels against his withdrawal of affection, experimenting with other religions, and eventually seeking out a connection with a beautiful Hare Krishna. With her family disintegrating before her young eyes, it's up to Eliza--and an unexpected act of selflessness and love--to put the broken pieces of her world back together.

Crew

Susan Alegria

Art Director

Anthony Allegre

Accounting Assistant

Jeffrey Allen

Music

Nancy Allen

Music Editor

Carmen Alvarex

Assistant

David Amado

Avid Editor

Johann Sebastian Bach

Song

Karen L. Baker

Office Assistant

Stephen Balliet

Audio Mixer

Ben Barker

Sound

Michael Barry

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

James Beaumonte

Grip

Michael Becker

Costumer

Nate Belove

On-Set Dresser

Albert Berger

Producer

Kolja Blacher

Song Performer

Joe Bonadio

Music

David Boulton

Adr

Kris Boxell

Set Decorator

Phil Bray

Photography

Andrew Brotzman

Assistant

Jane Bulmer

Assistant

Rocky Capella

Stunt Coordinator

Carla Capretto

Song Performer

Mickey Carleton

Costume Supervisor

Camerata Cassovia

Song Performer

James R. Chandler

Craft Service

Hae-won Chang

Song Performer

Andy Chase

Song

Andy Chase

Music Producer

Aric Cheng

Set Designer

Catherine Childers

Hair

David Childers

Key Grip

Gregory Childers

Grip

Carol Chow

Assistant

Luann Claps

Makeup

Peter Clarke

Sound

Rich Clot

Props

Ryan Collinson

Foley Recordist

Brad Combs

Assistant

Brian Copenhagen

Sound

Katherine Covell

Assistant

Carolyn Crimley

Instructor

Mary Cybulski

Script Supervisor

Nick D'abo

Props

Brad Davis

Production Accountant

Gretchen Davis

Makeup

Kent Demaine

Visual Effects Supervisor

Brian Deming

Engineer

Louis Di Cesare

Chief Lighting Technician

Roger W. Dodd

Props

Sharlene Duale

Production Coordinator

Dominique Durand

Song

Dominique Durand

Music Producer

Rory Enke

Location Manager

Timothy Fain

Music

Timothy Fain

Song Performer

Don Feeney

Transportation Captain

Tom Ficke

Stunt Coordinator

Patrick Figueroa

Best Boy Grip

Ben Flax

Assistant

Gabriel Foley

Consultant

Jeph Folkins

Loader

Naomi Foner

Screenplay

Peggy Forcellini

Hair

Richard Foreman

Photography

Glenn Freemantle

Sound

Carolyn Fulkerson

Coach

John Furniotis

Other

Felix Gehm

Location Manager

Barbara Gogney

Instructor

Myla Goldberg

Source Material

Michael Goldman

Art Director

Juan Gonzalez

Craft Service

Michael Grean

Craft Service

Tim Guffin

Assistant Camera

Tim Guffin

Loader

Mindy Hall

Makeup

Peggy Hall-plessas

Dialect Coach

Leslie Hamilton

Assistant Camera

Dr. Winfried Hammacher

Executive Producer

Bill Hart

Acting Coach

Kiersten Harter

Assistant Editor

Dale Haugo

Scenic Artist

Chris Hayes

Camera Operator

Vivian Hengsteler

Negative Cutting

Matthew Heron

Special Effects Coordinator

Lee Herrick

Sound

Greg Holland

Animal Trainer

Henry Hollander

Researcher

Virginia Hopkins

Painter

Rachel Hudgins

Associate Producer

Joel Iwataki

Music Scoring Mixer

Joel Iwataki

Score Recording

Simon James

Original Music

Sergio Jimenez

Craft Service

Karen Jine

Office Assistant

Cory Johnson

Set Production Assistant

Tabitha Johnson

Costumes

Abbi Jutkowitz

Apprentice Editor

Rowdy Kelley

Location Manager

Dan Korintus

Post-Production

Annette Kudrak

Music Editor

John Lacy

Chief Lighting Technician

Robert Lane

Accounting Assistant

Anne Lee

Assistant Camera

Gerry Leonard

Music

Karin Levinson

Visual Effects Producer

Catherine Leyba

Production Coordinator

John Lister

On-Set Dresser

David Loya

Assistant

Patrick Ludden

Property Master

Mark Luevano

Foreman

Stuart Macphee

Post-Production Supervisor

Mary Malin

Costume Designer

Lawrence Manchester

Music

Mindy Marin

Casting Director

Tony Martinez

Editor

Tony Martinez

Dialogue Coach

Antonio Martinez Garcia

Assistant Costume Designer

Michelle Matland

Assistant Costume Designer

Mato

Color Timer

Patrick Mcardle

Assistant Camera

Gary Mcclendon

Electrician

Michael A Mccue

Assistant Director

Kelly Mcgehee

Production Designer

Bill Mcgirr

On-Set Dresser

Susan Mcnamara

Unit Production Manager

Saundra U. Mcpherson

Other

Katia Milani

Post-Production Supervisor

Arnon Milchan

Executive Producer

Pete Min

Song Performer

Pete Min

Song

Craig Mohagen

Construction Coordinator

Eddie Money

Song

Mark Moran

Associate Producer

Anne Mueller

Property Master

Mark Nakahara

Electrician

Peter Nashel

Song

Peter Nashel

Music

Peter Nashel

Music Producer

Peter Nashel

Music Arranger

Cindy Nevins

Accountant

Brendan Nicholson

Sound

Giles Nuttgens

Other

Giles Nuttgens

Director Of Photography

Katsuhiko Okada

Props

Suzanne Ornstein

Coach

John Oster

Props

Nelson Padgette

Music

Mike Patrick

Rerecording

Jay Peck

Foley Artist

Mike Phillips

Helicopter Pilot

Michelle Pizanis

Set Production Assistant

Dwane B. Platt

On-Set Dresser

Christian Powell

Art Department

Geof Prysirr

Acting Coach

Lyndell Quiyou

Hair

Peggy Rajski

Executive Producer

Derek Raser

Transportation Coordinator

Alex Raspa

Adr

Charles Ray

Foreman

Sandy Reed

Craft Service

Jacob Ribicoff

Sound Effects Editor

Edward T. Richardson

Painter

Patrick Riley

Assistant Camera

Yvette Rivas

Hair

Brad Robinson

Set Production Assistant

Duane Robinson

Key Rigging Grip

Will Robinson

Visual Effects Supervisor

Franklin Rocha

Transportation Co-Captain

Ed Roland

Song

Mark Romanek

Executive Producer

Ken Rosenthal

Other

Jac Rubenstein

Post-Production

Victor Salazar

Construction

Larry Saltzman

Music

Scott Sandine

Medic

Michael Scanlon

Electrician

Adam Schlesinger

Song

Adam Schlesinger

Music Producer

Steve Schwartz

Sound Editor

Aldis Seaton

Craft Service

Inbal Segev

Song Performer

Inbal Segev

Music

Stacey Shames

Music

Warren Shaw

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Warren Shaw

Supervising Sound Editor

Jonathan Shedd

Location Manager

Chris Shellenberger

Electrician

Gregory K Simmons

Assistant Director

Mitch Sisskind

Instructor

Tanya Smith

Coordinator

Christina Soletti

Research And Content Consultant

Collective Soul

Song Performer

Staci Southwick

Assistant

Russell Souza

Foreman

John Spezzano

Dolly Grip

Elie Spitz

Other

Stuart Stanley

Foley

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Distribution Company
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Location
Oakland, California, USA; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall November 11, 2005

Limited Release in United States November 11, 2005

Released in United States on Video April 4, 2006

Released in United States 2005

Released in United States September 2005

Released in United States October 2006

Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 19-November 3, 2005.

Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival October 18-22, 2006.

Directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel oversaw development of the screenplay's rewrite by Naomi Foner.

Released in United States Fall November 11, 2005

Limited Release in United States November 11, 2005

Released in United States on Video April 4, 2006

Released in United States 2005 (Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 19-November 3, 2005.)

Released in United States September 2005 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival September 2-5, 2005.)

Released in United States October 2006 (Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival October 18-22, 2006.)