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FMTV - May I Be Frank

May I Be Frank

Runtime: 1h 37m | 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.

Featuring:
Frank Ferrante
Matthew Engelhart
Ryland Engelhart
Conor Gaffney
Cary Mosier

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brigit jager | 2 days ago
Thanks for being frank, Frank - and having the courage to be so vulnerable. Look what it brought you, and what you're now able to bring to so many others! Power to you, and other amazing people offering so much inspiration - very beautiful <3
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Karelle | FMTV | 1 day, 20 hours ago
You're most welcome, Brigit! ~ Karelle
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Priscila Fernandes | 2 days, 16 hours ago
Very inspiring! How amazing it was when he realized that his first wish at the beginning would be at the end that he felt in love with himself. Great work on this film, very genuine.
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 2 days, 14 hours ago
Thank you for watching and for sharing this with us, Priscilla :) ~ Pauline
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Vicki DiNitto None | 1 week, 2 days ago
I thought I had watched this before--if I did I was in a totally "different" place than I am now. Wow. And to watch his interview with James first---amazing at his openness and vulnerability.
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Vicki DiNitto None | 1 week, 2 days ago
PS--The music in this video is an added plus, alone, to watching. What great music! I keep trying to find these songs. So appropriately chosen, and beautiful.
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Michelle Dunstall | 1 week, 4 days ago
This was a great documentary, honest, heart wrenching but so genuine, the commitment from the 3 young gentleman was amazing, so supportive and as for Frank, what a character and I applaud his honesty, the struggle is real. Thank you team FMTV - this was a great addition to the catalogue.
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 1 week, 3 days ago
Glad you loved this, Michelle! :) ~ Pauline
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Rebecca Kingston | 2 weeks ago
Beautiful and authentic and heart warming on every level. Thank you for bringing this to us all.
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 2 weeks ago
Lovely, Rebecca! Thank you for watching :) .~ Pauline
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