September 2020 Carmel headquartered Dream Store Media shines a light on diabetes with its latest documentary, \u201cSugar Coated: The Pieces of Diabetes,\u201d that recently debuted and is currently streaming on Prime Video on Amazon. The documentary follows four families living with diabetes and features local and medical experts who are working on managing the disease while searching for a cure. The film not only educates viewers on the diabolical affects diabetes has on individuals, families and caretakers, it also reexamines the general public\u2019s understating\u2014or, more importantly, lack of understanding\u2014of diabetes and who is at risk of being diagnosed with it. Dream Store Media\u2019s Earned Credibility in the Medical and Entertainment Industries We first introduced Dream Store Media to our readers in our July 2017 cover story, \u201cHollywood Comes to Carmel.\u201d Dream Store Media is comprised of unique and award-winning production experts who create impactful visual stories. The team masterfully brings together technology, design, cinematography and a marketing mindset, creating impactful and unique media experiences with in-house designers, producers, animators and FX engineers to expertly manage their deep breadth of projects. Dream Store Media partnered with the Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning on \u201cSugar Coated: The Pieces of Diabetes.\u201d Their film was funded by an independent medical educational grant from Novo Nordisk. Dream Store Media\u2019s Brett Gordeau, CEO and producer, and Christopher \u201cChris\u201d Mapes, CTO and producer, directed \u201cSugar Coated,\u201d which was co-executive produced by Amanda Kaczerski. The documentary was filmed on location in Carmel, Fishers and Indianapolis, Indiana, Kauai and Honolulu, Hawaii, and Chicago, Illinois. Insight on Fighting Diabetes from a Local Medical Expert Dr. Rhys Davies Jones, M.D., a family practice specialist with over 40 years of diverse experience in Carmel, Indiana, is one of the medical experts featured in \u201cSugar Coated.\u201d When asked why Jones felt compelled to contribute to the documentary, he replied, \u201cI was convinced that whatever Brett and his team would produce, it would be a wonderful contribution to the public and would be tastefully done.\u201d Jones continued, \u201cThere are between 80 and 120 million Americans that are totally unaware. The average diabetic has it 10 years before he\/she is diagnosed. That\u2019s a lot of damage being done to people\u2019s systems that could have been mitigated and reduced by quite a lot because we\u2019ve gotten really good at dealing with this now. The public needs to be asking their doctors, \u2018Do I have prediabetes? Do I have diabetes? Can you test me?\u2019 And those questions would help a lot. It is important to get the message out about diabetes and especially prediabetes.\u201d It\u2019s an Important Message That Can Save Lives The documentary itself took about two years to create, but the conception for the project began nearly nine years ago. \u201cAmanda and I have been working on the funding for this for nine years,\u201d Gordeau shared. \u201cI\u2019m a prediabetic and have been for 13 to 14 years now. I work very hard to avoid diabetes, and for me, after my diagnosis, I looked at the world differently. I walk into the grocery store, look around and think, \u2018Oh my gosh, everything is sugar and carbohydrates.\u2019 With time and education, I realized that through exercise and diet, I can still have an enjoyable life. So, when the time came to really look at how we would produce this documentary and the \u2018message,\u2019 I knew Chris had some pretty interesting ideas and would bring a lot to the table.\u201d Upon viewing the documentary, I learned that residents of Hawaii and the South Pacific are fighting a huge battle against diabetes. Dream Store Media\u2019s Chris Mapes lives in Hawaii and shared his knowledge of the area\u2019s current issues with regards to battling the disease and education about it. \u201cWe had to figure out a way to get as much of this content out to the public as possible because is a huge issue here in Hawaii,\u201d Mapes stressed. \u201cOne in every five people are afflicted with it here because of lack of education on the disease as well as a lack of food education. We wanted to help with this messaging by sharing four stories out of the 10 to 15 that we shot in this documentary.\u201d Mapes continued, \u201cWe tried to keep this documentary as upbeat as possible, but it is diabetes. It is a serious disease. We featured a couple of amazing kids and adults as well as some phenomenal medical doctors who are leading experts in diabetes research. We knew that we couldn\u2019t use traditional means to get this message out and put our heads together to come up with a way to disseminate it to as many people as possible. Ultimately, we landed on the Amazon model and were approved for distribution on Prime Video.\u201d Gordeau concluded, \u201cThere is a broad and popular misconception that there are just two types of diabetes, and that\u2019s not the truth. We talk about that in the documentary with the experts who discuss how it\u2019s really kind of a group of diseases, and there is a Type 1.5. We always hear that it\u2019s about eating right and exercising, but it\u2019s also about genetics, and we were fortunate to have some of the leading professionals in the entire world share their knowledge on diabetes with us in \u2018Sugar Coated\u2019 that we are able to share with our audiences the world over.\u201d \u201cSugar Coated: The Pieces of Diabetes\u201d is available now on Prime Video for FREE! It is a compassionate and educational film that is well worth the 45 minutes of your invested time.