BLOOMFIELD (WWJ) – After Actress Angelina Jolie announced her heart-wrenching decision to have a double mastectomy because she was a carrier of the breast cancer gene, everyone started talking about it. Jolie’s mother and aunt both died of breast cancer.

Now there’s a new movie about two women who’ve changed the way we look at the disease. Mary Claire King is the scientist who discovered that there is a link between breast cancer in families, and she discovered the BRCA gene. King is portrayed by actress Helen Hunt in the film, “Decoding Annie Parker.”

Annie Parker is a woman who lost her mother and sister to breast cancer and was convinced, despite the fact that doctors told her it was just dumb luck, that there was a link between breast cancer in families.

Director Steve Bernstein says he was honored to make the movie and wants to give back to the community by donating to Gilda’s club in Detroit, and other charities.

“We’re going to show the film in support of charities all around the country, and split revenue with them for six months,” says Bernstein.

The special premiere is Wednesday night at the Maple Theater. The event starts at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres by Sweet Lorraine’s; A 7 p.m. film screening will be followed by a Q & A with Annie Parker, director Steven Bernstein and Dr. Ruth Lerman. Tickets: $100 for general seating and $150 for club seating.

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