A Bad Case- An Original Comedy Series Surrounding Diabetes
A Bad Case- An Original Comedy Series Surrounding Diabetes
A Bad Case is an original comedy series about four friends and what happens when diabetes shows up at the worst possible moment. It is not some PC, educational crap about fighting stereotypes. It's a dark comedy about when diabetes goes all wrong. CLICK ON THE MEDIA TAB BELOW TO WATCH THE PILOT.
Inclusion StatementA Bad Case focuses on the stories of people living with type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes affects over 1 million Americans. We are proud to bring this series to the world by involving a cast and crew of people with type 1 and a few type 3's (those who love a type 1) thrown in the mix.
About The Project
Why A Bad Case?
A Bad Case centers around these four friends who each have their different way of doing diabetes.
Haley is organized and untenably positive about it. Thoreau just can’t get a good grip on it and has slacked in a lot of ways in taking care of himself.
Eliot is more of the balanced zen sort of person with diabetes. I think she has really found a good balance of taking good care of herself, but in a way that doesn’t detract too much from all the amazing things she is doing with her life.
And then Eddie is the type three thrown into a world of type 1. He’s been Thoreau’s friend and roommate for years, watching him do some of what needs to be done. And then more recently he’s been exposed to Eliot and Haley and has seen a totally different way of managing this condition. And I think it’s interesting to see how he navigates that world.
Against that backdrop of friendship and learning to deal with diabetes, we have these hypothetical worst case scenarios, which have been inspired by a popular TV show or movie.
So we get to see what happens if the guys in Office Space had diabetes, or what happens if Felicity were a Type 1 and how that would flavor the whole movie or show.
Why a Diabetes Comedy Series?
Hollywood has consistently gotten our story wrong. They have used diabetes as a handy plot tool to raise the stakes for a story. From minor mistakes to huge blunders, they are sharing an inaccurate story of what it means to live with diabetes.
It is time to change that narrative. It is time to have our stories told accurately and in depth. A Bad Case is the story of four friends who handle their diabetes very differently. There is a good chance you will see yourself in at least one of the characters on screen. For the first time, a viewer might be able to relate to someone just like her, who has the same outlook or quirks, who has developed the same strategies for dealing.
Knowing how crucial a positive outlook is on doing a good job of taking care of diabetes, a series that focuses on diabetes and humor could have an incredible impact on those who are struggling with the difficulty of this condition.
Personally, the only way I can deal with such a long-term and difficult situation is to find the humor, even if it is a sort of gallows humor. When we can come to a point of laughing at the absurd difficulty, we gain perspective and a renewed sense of strength to keep on fighting.
I want to produce this series to explore a new medium for pursuing the same mission I have always had when it comes to interacting with the diabetes community; to empower people to take amazing care of their diabetes.
What Have We Done So Far?
Our enitre cast is made up of actors with type 1. Our crew is either a type 1 or type 3 (those who live with and love someone with diabetes.) It was really important for me to cast actors with type 1. We’re telling some really off -olor jokes and, because we deal with it day in and day out, we are, truely, the only ones who have earned the right to tell these jokes and to laugh at the absurdity of the effects of diabetes.
We're super excited because we have finished the Pilot Episode of A Bad Case. You can watch it now if you click the media tab at the top of the page. And we are now gearing up to shoot the next five episodes this Fall. We need to pay our cast and crew, secure and design our locations, and edit the next five episodes.
Who Are We Doing This For?
Since diabetes is so much easier when you have a community, most of our incentives give you a way to join the A Bad Case Tribe. You can be an extra and see how an episode is filmed. We have opportunities to show you are a part of the team with stickers. You can even host a Premier Party.
We will have some Surprise Flash Incentives during the 30-day campaign that will appear for a short time and then disappear. So keep your eyes posted on our social media feeds and follow the campaign above so you are sure to get all of the updates.
Where Can You See the Series?
Comedy was meant to be watched together. There is nothing like laughing in a movie theater full of people who understand your craziness. Our goal is to Premier the series in its entirety in San Diego, New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Nashville.
Then we will be releasing it on Amazon Prime and other VOD platforms as well as on DVD. Finally, it will be released to the public on Vimeo and YouTube.
How Many People Can We Reach?
1. FOLLOW US! Click on the blue "Follow" button at the top of the page and LIKE our film's campaign. We will unlock special rewards to help us complete our project from Seed and Spark when we reach certain follower benchmarks.
2. SHARE! Post our campaign link on your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc) in addition to email/text or any other way you can help to spread the word. This series will do amazing things to help those with diabetes gain back the power to laugh at their diabetes. It's also a great tool to help explain our special breed of craziness to those around us. Let's get this tool into the hands of as many people as we can.
Here's the link for you to share: bit.ly/ABCseed
3. CONTRIBUTE! Although we are thankful that you share our project, the best way you can help us is by contributing to our campaign. EVERY DOLLAR HELPS!
Where Would We Be Without the DOC?
For the first twelve years after my diagnosis, I tried to do diabetes on my own. I was miserable.
And then I met the Diabetes community and everything changed. The support and information and encouragement I got from these amazing people who were dealing with the same thing I had been struggling with for years was life altering.
I know I would be nowhere without the camaraderie of my fellow Type 1's. This project is my way of giving back.
So I owe all of you out there a big, huge, ginormous THANK YOU! For being you, for sharing the love, and for making diabetes just a little more bearable.
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About This Team
Francesca McAuliffe is a first generation, trilingual, World Language educator and the high school boys varsity soccer coach at her Alma Mater. Diagnosed at four years of age, she truly doesn’t remember life without diabetes but has never let it slow her down. Francesca is the Staten Island TypeOneRun Chapter Leader as well as a member of the New York Metro Area group. While completing her bachelor's degree at CSI, Francesca earned a minor in dramatic arts, received vocal training, and performed in various black box theatre productions. Francesca enjoys traveling the world with her husband Tim and experiencing global cuisine.
Brett Ryan Stewart is a Nashville based music producer, songwriter, comedy author (Gripe Juice), and cat lover. Deemed “A talent worth watching!”, by Performing Songwriter Magazine, his work has appeared on Fox TV, A&E, OWN, Heineken, Microsoft, to name a few. He is a T1D who has written numerous articles about his experience for Beyond Type 1. This is his first time in front of a camera, but his daily life with Type 1 is enough character study.
Yaniv Bercovitz grew up in San Diego with two older sisters. He discovered his passion for film as early as middle school when he entered a film contest and wrote, directed, and starred in his own film, "Two Idiot Cops". The film won the Best Film Award and Yaniv took home his own Best Director. After that, he attended New York Film Academy in Burbank, CA upon graduation from high school. Yaniv was diagnosed with type 1 at 9 and has been involved with JDRF ever since. He always looks for the humor in situations, so A Bad Case should be a perfect fit.
Monica Ormsby, originally from the East Coast, grew up with a love for musical theater and dance. Now living in Los Angeles she is focused on pursuing her acting career. Her credits include numerous theater productions and both regional and national commercials. Although Monica is newer to screen acting, she feels that her many years of performing as a dancer will help her bring each character’s story to life.
WRITER, PRODUCER, DIRECTOR
Erin Spineto is an adventurer, author, speaker, and person with type 1 diabetes. She shares her passion for adventure and how it can infuse you with motivation to take amazing care of type 1 diabetes through the Sea Peptide Salties. In 2011, she sailed solo 100 miles down the Florida Keys after doctors told her I couldn't sail alone with diabetes. In the years since, she has led teams of type 1 athletes to Swim Around Key West, paddle 100 miles up the Intracoastal Waterway, and to explore the far reaches of Turks and Caicos on bike, paddle board, foot, and in the water. Erin has written two books about adventuring, Islands and Insulin and Adventure On, and has recently moved into writing and producing this original comedy series.
Katrena was diagnosed with Type 1 when she was 3.5 years old and doesn't remember life without it. When she was six, she was one of the first camper's to attend Camp Want-Kura and at nine she went off to Camp Conrad-Chinnock. It was there that she met her network of other Type 1's.Katrena has always been drawn to the performing arts and decided very early on in life that she wanted to pursue a career in entertainment. After spending many years studying and focusing on performing, she realized that she enjoyed being on the other side of the casting table. With an eye for spotting talent, she splits her time between casting projects and being a casting coach.
Tony Spineto is a painter, sculptor, and illustrator. He studied at the Laguna College of Art and Design. He will be adding both his artwork and his artistic eye to the set design and color concept.
Tony may only be a type 3 diabetic, but he is familiar with pushing the boundaries of disability. tony has bilateral clubfoot, yet has raced at the highest level of triathlon, completing four Ironman races as well as dozens of half ironman and shorter distance triathlons. He is also a motivational speaker and role model in the clubfoot world.
Daniel Morgen has been living with diabetes since 1987, since he was the tender age of 5. Not to be slowed down, he got into skateboarding, music, and photography over the next few years to shape the T1 he is today. These hobbies definitely play a part in the trials and tribulations of living with diabetes, but have also made for some good times and laughter along the way as well!
Rob Neil is a newly diagnosed a Type 2 Diabetic Homeschool Dad. He served our nation as a U.S. Army Paratrooper, and has over 15 years of security experience. He opened Threefold Defensive Training in 2013, serving his community with defensive and safety training of all kinds.