The DX will regularly feature The DX Diabetes Dish, a profile about life and life with diabetes. This month, we dish with New York City-based screenwriter and director Dan Masucci, who recently released DxONE, a film about a family’s ups and downs as they come to terms with their son’s type 1 diagnosis (starring Masucci’s own son, Nicolas, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2009). In 2007, Masucci made it into the top 1% among more than 12,000 screenwriters competing for a place in the Steven Spielberg/FOX reality show “On the Lot”; his films have been screened at over 150 film festival screenings worldwide.
What is your state of mind today?
Excited. I’m just back from the Rhode Island International Film Festival for the world premiere of DxONE, which is the first narrative film ever made about T1 diabetes.
What three words would you use to describe who you are?
Passionate, creative, impatient.
Why is diabetes your passion?
The distinction between T1 and T2 diabetes is not clear for many people. By channeling my passion for film into a story depicting life with T1, I’m hoping DxONE will help educate others about how serious this disease can be.
If you could take away one aspect of diabetes, what would it be?
Its unpredictable nature. The fact is, you may do everything you’re supposed to do, but the results can often be erratic, with no clue as to why.
What inspires you to do what you do?
I’ve always been driven toward creative work. There’s something inside of me that has to tell stories. When my son was diagnosed with T1 diabetes at age 11, I knew that I was going to make a film about the experience. At first I believed it would be cathartic, but I was emotionally derailed for two years before I began writing the screenplay. What motivated me was realizing since my son’s diagnosis how little people knew about T1.
What do you appreciate most in your friends?
Loyalty and humor. If someone is true to me, I’ll stand by them to the bitter end.
What would you pack for your favorite vacation?
Whatever book I’m reading at the time. I steal whatever moments I can, wherever I can to read, even on vacation!
What’s in your refrigerator right now?
Leftovers from my favorite meal – rigatoni, gravy, meatballs, and sausage made using my father’s recipe. It’s one of the few meals, I find, which gets better the second day. Also in my fridge: homemade chicken salad, romaine lettuce, carrots, apples, bottled water, bread, habanero sauce, eggs, peanut butter and jam, Greek yogurt, and packaged peach, pear, and pineapple cups.
What is your favorite way to relieve stress?
Taking a long walk.
What is your idea of happiness?
Doing things that I love with people I love makes me happiest. That and eating… eating with people I love is the icing on the cake!
What do you most dislike?
When people text while they drive. Any of the ways that people let technology disconnect them from interaction with actual human beings, really. We live in an age in which people are increasingly more comfortable looking at a monitor than a person.
What words do you try to live by?
Do what you do for love, not the big break. As long as you do what you do for love, you’ll never look back with regrets.
What is your greatest fear?
That my son will experience a low blood sugar level.
What is your greatest extravagance?
I’m a self-admitted nerd who plays Dungeons & Dragons. I have an impressive collection of books and supplies for the game.
On what occasion do you lie?
When I sleep. It’s much better than standing up while sleeping.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
I wish we could spend more time together. My oldest brother and his family live across the country.
Who are your heroes in real life?
I believe that heroes are people who inspire others. I have been inspired greatly by the creative works of people like Stephen King, Terry Brooks, George R.R. Martin, Steven Spielberg, Sam Raimi, and last but not least, Frank Darabont.
What would you choose for your last meal?
It would be a smorgasbord of my father’s gravy and meatball rigatoni, my own homemade baked mac-n-cheese, pizza, buffalo wings, Dickie Dee’s Italian style hot dogs, and chocolate ice cream!
All opinions contained in this article reflect those of the interviewee and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies, or affiliates.
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