Decoding Annie Parker

Decoding Annie Parker

Sloan Foundation Film

Release Date



  • Steven Bernstein


  • Rashida Jones
  • Alice Eve
  • Aaron Paul


  • Hamptons International Film Festival, 2013

Love, science, sex, infidelity, disease, and comedy: the wild, mostly true story of the irrepressible Annie Parker and the almost discovery of a cure for cancer.

Annie Parker (Samantha Morton) finds out she has breast cancer—a devastating blow to a woman who has already lost her mother and sister to the same disease. Meanwhile UC Berkeley geneticist Mary-Claire King (Helen Hunt) is convinced there is a link between DNA and cancer, even if few in her profession believe that some cancers may be hereditary. Based on true events, the film chronicles how these remarkable women work toward one of the most important genetic discoveries of the 20th century.

Possible Topics

  • Hereditary breast ovarian cancer syndrome (BRCA1 and BRCA2)
  • The latest advances in breast cancer research
  • How the discovery of BRCA1 revolutionized the study of numerous other common inherited diseases

Past Programs


The State of Breast Cancer Research

California Film Institute, San Rafael, CA