Samantha Morton-Helen Hunt’s ‘Decoding Annie Parker’ Gets U.S. Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)

Decoding Annie Parker Finds Distribution

eOne sets release for summer

Entertainment One Films  has secured U.S. distribution rights to medical drama “Decoding Annie Parker,” which stars Samantha Morton, Helen Hunt and Aaron Paul.

The film will be released day-and-date in theaters and VOD in the summer.

The story centers on two women whose parallel lives are devoted to finding a hereditary link to certain types of breast cancer. Morton portrays the title character, who loses her mother and sister to the disease before facing down cancer herself, while Hunt portrays real-life geneticist Mary-Claire King, who spends 16 years proving her widely dismissed theory that genetics plays a role in some forms of breast cancer.

Annie Parker’s husbands are played by Paul and Bradley Whitford. Rashida Jones, Richard Schiff, Alice Eve, Maggie Grace, Marley Shelton, Chris Mulkey and Corey Stoll also star.

The film is cinematographer Steven Bernstein’s feature directorial debut from a script he wrote with his son Adam Bernstein and Michael Moss. Bernstein, Keith Kjarval, Clark Peterson and Stuart W. Ross produced.

Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International began selling international rights at the American Film Market.

The deal was negotiated for the filmmakers by UTA Independent Film Group and by exec producer Sidney Powell of Dallas-based Fawkes Partners LP, and for eOne Films U.S. by Sejin Croninger.

“It took seven years to make ‘Decoding Annie Parker,’ which started out as a film project and evolved into a cause for everyone involved, including the extraordinary cast,” Bernstein said. “Both on screen and off, Annie Parker and Mary-Claire King have become beacons of hope and inspiration, and it is so gratifying to find in eOne a distributor that understands the important, funny and uplifting message of this film.”

Powell was inspired to create the charity organization BRCA Gene Awareness after meeting Bernstein and seeing the film. She oversaw a series of fundraising screenings of “Decoding Annie Parker” across the U.S. and abroad that helped raise approximately $1 million for breast-cancer charities.

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  1. Congratulations on getting this important -groundbreaking information out there! Love this movie and how it changed the way we look at diagnosis and family health history. As a BRCA2 survivor of breast cancer along with my brother, it helped bring a new understanding that will save the lives of our children and so many others! For more inforamtion on BRCA and Male Breast Cancer, please visit our web site at HIS Breast Cancer Awareness
    Best of Health,

  2. Equalizer says:

    OMG The best movie. I laughed, i cryed and i became informed. I will be showing this movie to my students. All schools should have this movie. If you are a mother, have a daughter, or a wife, buy dont rent. You will love it.

  3. Dave, Thank you for the announcement on the distribution of Decoding Annie Parker. 2014 is going to be phase two of what was a monumental 2013 in getting BRCA on the world’s radar. My goal for 2014 is to go beyond the “Angelina awareness”. There are new books/resources getting out there like Letters To Doctors plus films like Decoding Annie Parker and the documentary Pink And Blue. Knowledge is ultimately power and more lives will be saved as a result.

  4. Wendy Unger says:

    Great news for a great film – this will help save lives for the many who have the opportunity to experience the heroic lives of these women. BRAVO!

  5. Dave, Thank you for the thorough article and discussing our charitable cause. So many women around the world don’t know about the BRCA mutation and what they can do to avoid cancer. This movie is as funny and inspiring in Samantha’s performance of the irrepressible Snni Parker as it is informative in Helen Hunt’s portrayal of Dr. King’s tireless work and extraordinary scientific discovery. Everyone who has any connection with a cancer patient should see it, and it is a must see for every woman.

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