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Zoe Saldana, Billy Dee Williams, Gabrielle Union, Lesley Ann Warren and Hill Harper star in 'Constellation,' which was filmed entirely in Huntsville.
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Zoe Saldana, Billy Dee Williams, Gabrielle Union, Lesley Ann Warren and Hill Harper star in "Constellation," which was filmed entirely in Huntsville.

Galaxy of stars
fall on Huntsville

Red carpet premiere to benefit
families of Lee bus crash victims

By Danielle Komis
dkomis@decaturdaily.com 340-2447

The term "world premiere" usually conjures up images of red carpets in L.A., New York or Cannes, France. Saturday, however, the world premiere of an award-winning film starring Billy Dee Williams, Lesley Ann Warren, Hill Harper and Gabrielle Union, is only a short drive away.

"Constellation," filmed entirely in Huntsville in 2004, will premiere at Rave 18 Valley Bend Theaters in Huntsville at 6:30 Saturday night.

The film's director, screenwriter and producer, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, will attend, along with stars of the movie, including Billy Dee Williams, Hill Harper, Melissa De Sousa, Daniel Bess, Rae Dawn Chong and Alabama native Torea Stewart.

The movie, rated PG-13, focuses on an African-American family forced to come to terms with a tumultuous past marked by an unrequited interracial affair.

"General audiences like it because it's a really good story, and Alabamians will like it because it breaks many stereotypes about Southerners both black and white," said Ralph Petroff, one of the film's local investors.

"This is a movie about reconciliation, forgiveness, healing, and self-empowerment," Petroff said.

Two Huntsville schoolchildren have roles in the film, and it features as many as 800 extras from Huntsville and surrounding areas.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the nonprofit organization "Angels Among Us," to help the families of children involved in the Lee High School bus crash.

Locals will also enjoy checking out familiar scenery on the silver screen, including the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, The Ledges, Humphrey's Bar & Grill, the Huntsville Museum of Art, Big Spring International Park and Huntsville International Airport.

Following the premiere, "Constellation" will open nationwide Feb. 2 in 300 theaters.

Limited tickets to the showing are available for $60.

Visit www.angelsamongusonline.net, www.constellationhuntsville.com or www.constellationthefilm.com for information on the events.

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