Constellation (film)

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Poster for Constellation
Directed byJordan Walker-Pearlman
Produced byShannon C. Murphy, Nancy Archuleta, Peter Kleidman, Gabe Nieto, Morris Ruskin (executive producers); Kristi N. Gamble Charla Drive (line producer); Jordan Walker-Pearlman (producers)
Written byJordan Walker-Pearlman
StarringBilly Dee Williams
Gabrielle Union
Melissa De Sousa
Hill Harper
Zoe Saldana
Music byMichael Bearden, Stefan Dickerson, Stanley A. Smith
CinematographyJohn Niaga Demps
Edited byAlison Learned
Distributed byCodeblack Entertainment, Shoreline Entertainment
Release date
  • February 16, 2005 (2005-02-16) (Pan African Film Festival)
  • February 2, 2007 (2007-02-02) (United States)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States

Constellation is a drama film that was released by Codeblack Entertainment and 20th Century Fox in 2007.[1] It had its French premiere in Cannes, and in Britain premiered as a special screening at the American embassy in London.


Returning to Huntsville, Alabama—a town that once held back their opportunities but now glistens as a modern, technology-based city—the Boxer family and its extended members discover in the memory of a loved one what binds them together.

When the beloved Carmel Boxer passes away, her entire family returns to the Deep South to celebrate her life and legacy. As the Boxer family comes together for the first time in many years, revelations of Carmel's painful past begin to force each person to address their pent-up emotions and true feelings for one another. The story chronicles the lives and loves of this African-American family as its members are forced to come to terms with a tumultuous past marked by an unrequited interracial affair. The film explores the way in which the family patriarch, Helms Boxer, must confront his demons amid the changing racial fabric of society and his own family.[2]



Constellation was filmed entirely on location in Huntsville, Alabama.


Based on 20 reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, it currently holds a 0% "Rotten" with a statement saying, "Though earnestly directed, Constellation lacks dramatic fireworks and eventually falls into TV-movie sentimentality."

However, the Los Angeles Times said in its review that the film was "highly entertaining and emotional," and that "Walker-Pearlman is adept at revealing the effect these people and others have on each other, especially on Helms, played with depth and restraint by Williams."[3] The film won Best Independent Film of the Year at the Black Reel Awards from the Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film, made up largely of African-American film critics.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Constellation". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  2. ^ Brandau, Jean. "Movie Review "Constellation"". Retrieved May 25, 2012.
  3. ^ Thomas, Kevin (February 10, 2005). "Memory and love in the South". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 21, 2014.

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