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FMTV - May I Be Frank

May I Be Frank

Runtime: 97m 10s | Release date: 2010

This film features: Frank Ferrante, Ryland Engelhart.

Language Warning: Please be aware that some of the language used in this film is considered to go beyond the polite conversation we like to use here at FMTV. Please watch at your own discretion.

Frank Ferrante is a 54 year old Sicilian from Brooklyn living in San Francisco. A lover of life, great food and a good laugh, Frank is also a drug addict, morbidly obese, pre-diabetic, and fighting Hepatitis C. He’s estranged from his daughter, single, and struggling with depression. Frank knows that life can be better than this, and is looking for a way out.

'May I Be Frank' documents the transformation of Frank Ferrante’s life. He unknowingly stumbles into a local restaurant in San Francisco, Café Gratitude, a raw, organic and vegan café. As he becomes friends with the staff, he keeps returning to the café where he feels welcomed and free from his collapsing personal life. On one such visit, Frank is asked by Ryland, one of the servers, “What is one thing you want to do before you die?” Frank replies “I want to fall in love one more time, but no one will love me looking the way I do.”

Inspired by the possibility of helping Frank, Ryland invites him to come into the café every day for the next month. Armed with a camera and a wide open heart, Ryland soon enrolls his brother Cary, and Conor, his best friend, to participate in supporting Frank’s transformation. The final agreement is made that for the next 42 days, Frank will turn his life over to three twenty-something young men committed to his healing and prepared to coach him physically, emotionally and spiritually. Frank will eat only raw food, practice gratitude, visit local holistic practitioners, and get a weekly colonic. Ryland, Conor, and Cary get to support and witness Frank’s miraculous transformation. Frank gets a new body, a clearer mind, and most importantly, a soaring spirit.

Over those 42 days, the four men go on the ride of their lives. Setting out to help Frank lose weight and get healthy, no one anticipated the profound impact his journey would have on the lives of countless others. Through Frank’s story of love, redemption, and transformation, the viewers witness the power of change for themselves and the world. 'May I Be Frank' documents the essence of the human condition, and what it truly means to fall in love again.

Frank Ferrante
Matthew Engelhart
Ryland Engelhart
Conor Gaffney
Cary Mosier


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Genevieve Desmarais | 16 hours ago
This is what happens when you do the work, you chisel away the clay to find the masterpiece that was inside all along. Frank is a beautiful soul and a great inspiration. And I’ve come to realize by experience that the journey back to health is a very spiritual journey.
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 16 hours ago
Thank you for this lovely message, Genevieve! :) ~ Pauline
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Elza Novais | 4 days, 23 hours ago
Uau! This is an incredible story and God bless Café Gratitude :)
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 4 days, 21 hours ago
Thank you for the appreciation, Elza :) ~ Pauline
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Tracy McWhinnie | 5 days, 12 hours ago
Incredible. Emotional. Inspiring.
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Karelle | FMTV | 5 days, 11 hours ago
Thank you, Tracy! ~ Karelle
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Gloria Roldan | 2 weeks, 6 days ago
The warning of the language was not strong enough for me. I saw some of it and went to the end and was happy he was able to make a transformation.
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Joyce Ann Solomon | FMTV | 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Thank you for sharing us your feedback, Gloria. It is greatly appreciated :) ~ Joyce
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Beneita Flemmer | 1 month, 4 weeks ago
Awe! This was so many things for me! For so many others as well! What a transformation from despair to hope to victory! What an inspiration to have seen Frank come to himself with love and acceptance to offering education and hope to others! Beautiful!
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Ivory David | FMTV | 1 month, 4 weeks ago
So glad you had a great time viewing the film Beneita ~ Ivory :)

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