‘Big Stone Gap’ movie opens this weekend in Huntsville with local star Erika Coleman

WHNT NEWS 19
November 20, 2015
David Wood

Watch the interview with Erika Coleman

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – For 23-year old year old actress Erika Coleman, is wasn’t the notion of going toe-to-toe with Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman or even the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Grammy-winner Whoopi Goldberg that she was concerned about. “I just wanted to be a part of great movie my family and friends would want to go and see. I wanted to be a part of a movie that doesn’t rely on gratuitous violence, sex or foul-language,” added Erika. Now she’s no longer concerned.

Erika Coleman returns to Huntsville this weekend to share the movie with her family and friends. And Friday night Nov. 20, Erika will appear at a special 7:40pm screening and share her experiences shooting the movie in the small, mountain town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia.

Big Stone Gap is the screen adaptation of the eponymous NY Times best-selling novel written by Adriana Trigiani, who was raised in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Ashley Judd plays a 40-something year old spinster who, after her mother’s death, uncovers a family secret that turns her small town world upside down. Patrick Wilson, also with deep ties to Big Stone Virginia, stars opposite Ashley Judd. Erika Coleman plays Pearl Grimes, who works for Judd’s character in her family pharmacy. Coleman’s character is a key figure in the Big Stone Gap series of 4 novels penned by Trigiani. The movie also stars Jenna Elfman, Whoopi Goldberg, John Benjamin Hickey, Jane Krakowski, Anthony LaPaglia and Jasmine Guy.

At the age of 10, Coleman also starred in the film Constellation, filmed right here in Huntsville in 2005. Of course, I was personally thrilled to interview the fellow black bear and Austin High School grad.

“I’m so happy to be here and to be back home, too,” Colman beamed. “I love Austin; I still love all my teachers and am still in connection with all of them, too.”

Coleman says as soon as she read the script she immediately fell in love with the character of Pearl Grimes.

“And how I prepared for my audition was I read the book before I auditioned so I could get to know the back story of Big Stone Gap, the movie, the character, and everything that was being portrayed.”

Coleman explains the film was actually released in select theaters in early October, but not all cities were on the premier list.

“And Huntsville was one of them. So I called Picturehouse and I said, ‘hey you guys I would really like to push the movie to Huntsville — that’s my hometown, I know everybody will come out to support so let’s bring the film there — they will love it.”

And that is exactly what is happening this weekend. Erika Coleman will be available for a Q&A session and photos between 6:45p.m. – 7:15p.m., prior to the 7:40p.m. Friday and Saturday screenings at Regal Hollywood 18 located at 3312 S Memorial Parkway, Huntsville, AL 35802.

“This is a movie you can bring everyone to; your daughter or your grandmother, and they will both love it,” says Coleman.

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‘Big Stone Gap’ movie opens this weekend in Huntsville with local star Erika Coleman