DxONE: How and Why the First Narrative Film about Type 1 Diabetes Came to Be

Posted by dan on Tue, 10/16/2012 - 14:35 in

Check out a clip from DxONE below.

I’m a storyteller. I joke it’s a useless talent I have. There are people in my family who will tell you it is a useless talent and that I should go back to waiting tables. To be fair, I was an excellent waiter, but I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether I’m a good storyteller. I would like to mention – in an attempt to bias your decision – that the films I’ve written and directed have collectively had 150 film festival screenings worldwide, garnering more than 25 national and international awards.

When my 15-year-old son, Nick, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 11, I knew instantly I wanted to make a film about the experience. Of course I was a diabetes newbie and didn’t know exactly what that experience was going to be yet. But the thing about type 1 diabetes is that it changes your life and teaches you lessons immediately.

However, I was emotionally derailed for quite a while before turning my hand to writing. Constant worry will do that to you. That’s one thing they didn’t tell us at the hospital when Nick was diagnosed.

So for the next two years, I turned my hand to whatever comfort food was within easy reach (and not so easy reach). I even found myself driving by fast food joints that weren’t on the way home. Twenty pounds later, I figured it was time to get started on the script.

When I finally began writing the short film DxONE, it occurred to me that there was a feature film-sized story here, probably a mini-series, but I wasn’t going to delude myself about the budget I could raise. So I narrowed DxONE’s focus to what I believed to be the most universal experiences for people with type 1 diabetes in their lives. My goal was to help people better understand type 1 and let families living with the disease know they are not alone.

DxONE is the first narrative film ever made about type 1 diabetes, but it's more than that. It's a film about hope and how all people share the same dreams for their children: meaningful relationships, health and happiness, successful careers, children of their own – a life filled with all things good.

In the end it’s up to you, the viewer, to determine if I’ve done my job well – but just so you know, I don’t plan on waiting tables anytime soon.