Annie Parker lost her mother to cancer at the age of 13. Years later, in 1974, her older sister, Joanie, would be diagnosed with breast cancer. Parker would lose her too. And then, like clockwork, she was also diagnosed with breast cancer. Unlike her loved ones, Parker would beat breast cancer, and eventually, she’d beat two other forms of cancer as well. And that was the story that cinematographer Steven Bernstein wanted to tell in his directorial debut.
After working on 2003’s Monster, Bernstein went looking for another true story when he was contacted about a book manuscript that Annie Parker had submitted about her life. He quickly approached Annie Parker about the possibility of a film, and she was in. “My world was so turned upside down since the age of 13 with cancer that I was really hoping that, either through a book or now this opportunity of a film, that I could get this information out to so many people about being tested and certainly getting awareness and education out to the whole world,” Parker said. READ FULL STORY