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AKEELAH AND THE BEE

DOUG ATCHISON has been making movies since the age of 14 and attended the USC School of Cinema-Television. He has directed over a dozen short films, including his award-winning thesis project "Ellen's Father.” He works frequently as a "script-doctor" for the major studios and writes articles on the film business for national publications. Atchison has taught directing at the International Film and Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine and screenwriting at the University of LaVerne.

In 2000, AKEELAH AND THE BEE won the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting competition, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Past winners of the Nicholl award include Susannah Grant (Erin Brokovich), Mike Rich (The Rookie), and Ehren Krueger (The Ring).

Recently, Atchison adapted the novel "The Breadwinner” into a feature teleplay for ABC/Touchstone and Glenn Close. He also co-wrote the screen adaptation of Rebecca Gilman's award-winning play "Spinning into Butter” for producers Lou Pitt and Norman Twain. He is also currently adapting Kahlil Ashanti's acclaimed one-man-show "Basic Training” into a feature film with producer Barry Josephson. They will be taking the stage version of Basic Training to New York in early 2005.

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