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May 16 - June 9, 2013   Start the Festival in style with the SIFF 2013 Opening Night Gala! The evening features the Seattle premiere of Much Ado About Nothing, with director Joss Whedon and cast members Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg scheduled to attend.

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Decoding Annie Parker

BEST ACTRESS GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD: Samantha Morton

Special Benefit Screenings to support the King Lab at the Unversity of Washington - a group devoted to the understanding of inherited breast and ovarian cancer.

Schedule
June 6, 2013
Thursday
7:00 PM SIFF Cinema Egyptian Date has passed
June 8, 2013
Saturday
1:30 PM SIFF Cinema Egyptian Date has passed

Based on true events, this touching film follows a 15-year war against a cruel illness, waged on both scientific and emotional fronts by a pair of women demonstrating extreme bravery under pressure. Annie Parker (Samantha Morton) is on intimate terms with breast cancer, having watched both her mother and sister succumb to it. When she herself is diagnosed with the disease, she struggles to hold her family together, displaying a force of spirit that belies the odds. Elsewhere, geneticist Mary-Claire King (Helen Hunt) is researching the idea of an undiscovered link between DNA and cancer, a process that finds her scrambling for both funding and the support of her disbelieving colleagues. How the paths of these two women intersect is funny, irreverent, and heartwarming without the burn. Director Steven Bernstein's feature debut deftly balances the seriousness of the situation with the all-too-human response, finding unpredictable grace notes of beauty and wit during even the darkest of times. Featuring stellar performances by Morton, Hunt, and a first-rate supporting cast including Aaron Paul, Rashida Jones, Bradley Whitford, and Maggie Grace, Bernstein's film pays ample tribute to one of the most important scientific discoveries of the 20th century as well as the people forever changed in its wake.


BRCA Gene Awareness, the non-profit founded by Annie Parker, Steven Bernstein and others, has the exclusive ability to screen the movie Decoding Annie Parker to raise awareness and money for BRCA Gene testing, research and patient support until October 16, 2013. At the June 6 premiere, BRCA Gene Awareness agreed that any donations made during SIFF would be given to support Dr. Mary-Claire King's work. Dr. King's 17 years of relentless dedication identified the BRCA-1 gene and the mutation that causes breast and ovarian cancer in young women.  Make your contribution here.

Follow the BRCA Gene Awareness campaign on Facebook nd on Twitter.


Director Biography

Steven Bernstein was born in Buffalo, New York and worked for a time in the U.K. He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers and wrote a major textbook on film production. Past films as cinematographer include Like Water For Chocolate and Monster. Besides these smaller-budget films, he has worked on 60 major film projects. Decoding Annie Parker is his feature directorial debut.

Sponsored in part by The Safeway Foundation, Atossa Genetics

Director: Steven Bernstein
Principal Cast: Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton, Aaron Paul, Rashida Jones, Bradley Whitford, Maggie Grace, Alice Eve
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 91 minutes
Producer: Clark Peterson, Johnathan Brownlee, Keith Kjarval, Steven Bernstein, Sahil Chanana, Stuart Ross
Screenplay: Adam Bernstein, Steven Bernstein, Michael Moss
Cinematographers: Ted Hayash
Editors: Douglas Crise
Music: Steven Bramson
Website: http://www.decodingannieparkerfilm.com/
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English
Format: DCP
International Sales: Radiant Films International
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