Arts & Entertainment

Madison Cinema 4 to be Site for Exclusive New Jersey Premiere of 'Decoding Annie Parker'

Actress Helen Hunt

MADISON, NJ - The New Jersey premiere of the film Decoding Annie Parker will be hosted by the Male Breast Cancer Coalition at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7 at the Madison Cinema 4.

The 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize-winning film is a fact-based story that focuses on medical science, personal tragedy and perseverance. After losing her mother and sister to breast cancer, Annie Parker discovers that she too must confront the disease. The film tracks the title character from her Toronto childhood in the early 1960s to the 1990s and the landmark discovery by a team of researchers, headed by Mary Claire King, of the gene BRCA1 mutation that causes an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Cheri Ambrose, the founder of the Male Breast Cancer Coalition said, “The film is a must-see for anyone, male or female, who has had breast cancer or knows someone who’s a survivor. Many people have heard of the BRCA gene but don’t know much about it. We hear about breast cancer and presume it’s mostly a female disease often passed from the mother’s side of the family on to the daughter. But the American Cancer Society says there will be 2,240 new cases of male breast cancer this year alone and 410 will die from the disease. We also know that the BRCA gene is passed from generation to generation from the father’s side. We have partnered on this project because we passionately believe that increased awareness about breast cancer, on every level, will help to save lives.”

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The film, which stars Academy Award nominee Samantha Morton and Academy Award-winner Helen Hunt, tells the story of two women whose paths serendipitously cross: Annie Parker (Morton), a three-time cancer survivor who lost her mother and sister to breast cancer, and geneticist Dr. Mary Claire King (Hunt).

Those behind the film Decoding Annie Parker are hoping that it will inspire even more people to take a closer look at their family trees, even if they haven’t seen signs of breast cancer. The film is written, produced and directed by Steven Bernstein, whose diverse projects include the award-winning feature Like Water for Chocolate and the Oscar-winning film Monster, starring Charlize Theron. Bernstein designed the unique distribution model used for the launch of Decoding Annie Parker, trying to find additional ways to use his film as a force for good, raising money for charities, research groups and institutions, while also repaying the loans necessary to make the film.

A portion of the night’s proceeds will help fund the further distribution of “Decoding Annie Parker” to get his emotionally-moving film into more theaters. Attendees of the premiere will also get a first look at an extended clip of “Stepping Out of the Pink Shadow: A Male Breast Cancer Story.” This new documentary by Black Water Creek Productions reveals the fears and taboos experienced by real-life male breast cancer survivors and lack of attention that is given to men who suffer from the disease.

The film also chronicles the story of a father and daughter who discover they are both carriers of the BRCA2 gene, are diagnosed with breast cancer at the same time and endure their battle with the disease together.

Following the screening, a panel of survivors and medical experts (still in formation) will lead a Q & A session. Tickets are $17 (plus a $1 handling fee) and all attendees will receive a gift bag as a “thank you” for their supports of this project. To purchase tickets, visit

To learn more about this film and view trailers, visit


“This is a film not just about breast cancer, in fact, in some ways it’s not even about breast cancer.

It’s about humor... It’s about those things that allow us to survive catastrophic things.” - Annie Parker

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