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  (in credits order)

Daniel Bess ... Young Bear

Ever Carradine ... Celeste Korngold

David Clennon ... Bear Korngold

Rae Dawn Chong ... Jenita Boxer

Melissa De Sousa ... Lucy Boxer-Seras

Hill Harper ... Errol Hickman

Alec Newman ... Kent Seras

Zoe Saldana ... Rosa Levane Boxer

Lesley Ann Warren ... Nancy Boxer

Billy Dee Williams ... Helms Boxer

Gabrielle Union ... Carmel Boxer

Shin Koyamada ... Yosito

Howie Dorough ... Alec (cab driver)

Adam Nelson ... Mathew the Cop

Glenn Plummer ... Man at Barbeque

Tonea Stewart ... Reverand

Clarence Williams III ... Forest Boxer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jolene Andersen ... Woman at Airport
Kathleen Arthur ... Young Rosa

David Beier ... Army Officer

Molly Beucher ... Clerk 2

Omar Burgess ... Frustrated Airport Customer
Dakota Carson ... Airport Passenger

Erika Coleman ... Young Lucy
Joe Cook ... Radio DJ
Lena D'Amour ... Funeral Director (as Vatecia L. Little)
Michael Dean ... Anthony Young
Stefan Dickerson ... Musician
Ralph Gipson ... Airport Employee
Chandler Horkman ... Boy
Eric James ... Kid 1

Juliette Jeffers ... Clerk

Gabe Nieto ... Officer Riviera

Morocco Omari ... Teacher
Jim Piser ... Bartender
Tre Rogers ... Young Helms
Anna Rosenbaum ... Soldier's Wife #1
Hannah White ... Young Celeste
Peter K. Owen ... Business traveller (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jordan Walker-Pearlman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jordan Walker-Pearlman 

Produced by
Nancy Archuleta .... executive producer
Anthony Balch .... associate producer
Charla Driver .... line producer
Kristi N. Gamble .... co-executive producer
Peter Kleidman .... executive producer
Shannon C. Murphy .... producer (as Shannon Murphy)
Gabe Nieto .... executive producer
Morris Ruskin .... executive producer
Jordan Walker-Pearlman .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Bearden 
Stefan Dickerson 
Stanley A. Smith 
Cinematography by
John L. Demps Jr.  (as John Niaga Demps)
Film Editing by
Alison Learned Wolf  (as Alison Learned)
Production Design by
Liba Daniels 
Art Direction by
Geoff Cormier 
Set Decoration by
Margaret A. Thigpen 
Costume Design by
Jeannette Guillermo 
Makeup Department
Merc Arceneaux .... makeup artist
Gloria Belz .... makeup artist
Jeni Lee Dinkel .... makeup department head
Sandy Jo Johnston .... makeup artist
Fay Kelly .... key hair stylist
Ann Taylor .... makeup artist
Beka Wilson .... hair stylist
Production Management
Henry DeBardeleben .... unit production manager (as Henry David DeBardeleben)
Marc Leif .... post-production supervisor
Richard W. Munchkin .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cassandra B. Laymon .... second second assistant director
Caroline O'Brien .... second assistant director
Frank Pinnock .... first assistant director
Art Department
Rick Bongiovanni .... props
Edwin C. Davis II .... set dresser
D. Tobias Denney .... lead man
John Irwin .... carpenter
Chris Kas .... props
Kevin Long .... on-set dresser
Anna Rosenbaum .... art production assistant
Sound Department
Jason Brennan .... sound re-recording mixer
David Gullberg .... boom operator
Eric Justen .... sound re-recording mixer
Anthony Krajchir .... sound engineer
Thomas Morrison .... sound mixer
Patrick O'Sullivan .... supervising sound editor
Carlos Sanches .... sound engineer
Special Effects by
Jimmy Bradford .... special effects technician
Mack Chapman .... special effects coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert 'Montana' Aycock .... grip
Khris Bennett .... grip
Robert Duke .... electrician
David J. Duren .... gaffer
Tracy Facelli .... camera loader
Scott Friedland .... grip
Greg Gayne .... still photographer
Larry Gianneschi IV .... first assistant "b" camera
David Gillespie .... electrician
Jos'h Hancher .... second assistant camera
Beth Horton .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as S. Beth Horton)
Andy Howell .... electrician
Jeremy Hudson .... camera production assistant
Justin Hughes .... grip
Kyle D. Hutson .... best boy
Michael Jacobson .... electrician
David Jerkins .... electrician
Rick Lighthall .... electrician
Josh Malloy .... electrician
Jon Myers .... camera operator
John Oliveri .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
R. Mark Ramey .... first assistant camera (as Mark Ramey)
Michael F. Reynolds .... electrician
Scott Satterfield .... best boy grip
Ken Smith .... key dolly grip
Kennith G. Smith .... dolly grip
Louis Smith .... assistant camera
Darrell Tibbs .... grip
Earnie Wann .... electrician
Ernie Wann .... electrician
Wade Whitley .... assistant camera
Ben Williams .... electrician
Darryl Wilson .... key grip
Jeff Wolf .... director of photography: aerial unit
Joseph Walker .... camera intern: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Karla Nesmith .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jason Bland .... assistant costumer
Renee Brown .... second assistant costumer
Kati McCord .... wardrobe production assistant
Gertrude Moore .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Brad Jacques .... assistant editor
Marc Leif .... additional editor
Chuck Winston .... color timer
Music Department
Jason Brennan .... composer: additional music
Jason Brennan .... music editor
Ron Feuer .... composer: additional music
Christopher Peters .... composer: song "I'm Onto You"
Transportation Department
Jon Bergholz .... driver
Billy Colbert .... key transportation coordinator
Michael Colbert .... driver
Carolyn Davis .... driver
John De Troia .... driver
Walton Harold .... driver
Larry E. Henderson .... driver
Terry Johnson .... driver
J.P. Manning .... transportation co-captain
Ken Nevin .... transportation captain
Ralph W. Page .... driver (as Ralph Page)
Fred Pope .... driver
Don Riesau .... driver
Timothy Stephens .... driver: hair/makeup/wardrobe
Timothy Stevens .... driver
Jacob Thomas .... driver
Otha Jerome Worley .... driver
Other crew
Andrew J. Areffi .... assistant: Shannon Murphy
David Beier .... military advisor
Arnecia Bradley .... production assistant
Dale Bramhall .... assistant: Billy Dee Williams
Reagan Brandon .... script supervisor
Ava DuVernay .... unit publicist
Derry Ellis .... security officer
Kristi N. Gamble .... legal consultant
Courtney Gordon .... studio coordinator
Fredrick Goshey .... security officer
Madison Guess .... production assistant
William Brett Haas .... location manager
Gerald B. Hagerty .... cast security
Peter Hardin .... legal
William Hayes .... security officer
Darrell C. Hazelrig .... production office coordinator
Roland Hill .... cast security
Emmie Holmes .... travel coordinator
Laurie A. Hoover .... assistant production accountant
Stephen Ingle .... assistant to director
Ralph Jordan .... train engineer
Patricia Kuhn .... assistant accountant
Anastasiya Kukhtareva .... production assistant
Sims Lawson .... production assistant
Jesse Lewis IV .... accounting production assistant
Jameel Lewis .... production assistant
Chris Malone .... key set production assistant
Carolina Manrique .... stand-in: Zoe Saldana
Theadore McKiney .... security officer
Ray Meyer Jr. .... pilot
Ellene Miles .... unit publicist
Paul Mitchell .... production assistant
T.M. Murphy .... assistant to producer
Doris Posey .... production secretary
Bill Richards .... aerial coordinator
Meekel Richardson .... production assistant
Krystle Sampson .... production assistant
Ray Sergeant .... military consultant
Alan Shephard .... security officer
Michael Sims .... security officer
Tanya Stewart .... production assistant
Nan T. Stuart .... production accountant
Leonard Warren .... security officer
Terry Willie .... security officer

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and a sexual reference
96 min
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Scars of History Healed by the Power of Love, 20 January 2008
Author: Author-Poet Aberjhani from United States

It is interesting to note that the movie CONSTELLATION was first screened in 2005, just after the Academy Award-winning CRASH. And like "Crash," it provides a penetrating look into how race relations have influenced the American character; but unlike "Crash," it gives much more credit to the role that love has played in developing that character. Director-writer Jordan Walker-Pearlman opens his film with a quote from Jeffery Seaver in which the author observes that between love and death, "Love is more powerful and lasts longer." The film "Constellation" attempts to prove that point by tracing the history of an interracial relationship and its painfully mixed impact upon the lives of the couple involved as well as their family and friends.

Set in Huntsville, Alabama, the movie starts around World War II when a very bold young black woman named Carmel Boxer, played with effecting simplicity by Gabrielle Union, and a young white soldier named Bear, played by Daniel Bess, defy social convention and the law by pursuing a secret romance. With her younger brother Helms Boxer acting as their look-out, they enjoy brief times together hidden by the cover of night; until Carmel decides to visit Bear in broad daylight as his platoon is preparing to deploy. That decision proves devastating when her lover is ordered to walk away from her and board his train, leaving Carmel behind in a room where several white men assault her. We do not see an actual gang rape but the implication is clear enough and so is the bitter aftermath. We come to understand that aftermath some 50 years later shortly following Carmel's death as family members and friends--Black and White--gather to mourn her passing as well as to make some kind of peace between each other.

Veteran actor Billy Dee Williams plays the now mature Helms who, unable and unwilling to cope with his country's racism, has made a life for himself as an artist in Paris. The price of doing so, however, has been the loss of a viable relationship with either of his daughters, and, two apparently failed marriages. Relationship is a key word for this movie because the "Constellation" referred to by the title more than anything else is a constellation, or grouping, of deeply intimate interactions. Relationships between lovers, between a brother and a sister, between friends, between Blacks and Whites, and between the past and the present. Walker-Pearlman weaves these relationships together and explores their human depths with sheer mastery set to a mesmerizing score of America's classical music forms, including jazz, gospel, American classic, folk, and rap. In his vision of America, specifically the U.S., racial antagonism comprises only a fraction of what has bound Blacks and Whites together. They have also been bound by shared culture, history, tragedies, triumphs, and blood.

Plum acting roles are rare for veteran black male actors but that of Helms Boxer is a perfect fit for Williams, who actually is an accomplished visual artist as well as an actor. He finds himself in good company with a constellation of bona fide stars that include: Lesley Ann Warren, Rae Dawn Chong, Clarence Williams III, Hill Harper, and Zoe Saldana.

Recent high profile interracial marriages might lead some to feel that "Constellation" squeezes a bit too much drama out of the subject. But anyone under that impression might consider that the last laws officially barring interracial marriage in the United States were just taken off the books, in the year 2000, in the very state where this movie is set: Alabama. One of the great triumphs of the film is its ability to acknowledge the agony of past prejudices while celebrating the triumphs of family and love in the here and now.

by Author-Poet Aberjhani, author of "Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance" (Facts on File Library of American History)

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