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Spellbound is a 2002 documentary nominated for the Academy Award for Documentary Feature. It followed eight competitors in the 1999 National Spelling Bee. The competitors were Harry Altman, Angela Arenivar, Ted Brigham, April DeGideo, Neil Kadakia, Nupur Lala, Emily Stagg, and Ashley White. The film's director was Jeffrey Blitz .
Many critics who reviewed Spellbound singled Altman out as its most interesting "character". Roger Ebert wrote that he "has so many eccentricities that he'd be comic relief in a teenage comedy... He screws his face up into so many shapes while trying to spell a word that it's a wonder the letters can find their way to the surface." He is currently as of October 2004 a senior at the Academy for Engineering and Design Technology  in Hackensack, New Jersey.
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