9:30 PM EST, December 4, 2013
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.