May I Be Frank
“Who says you can’t change your life for the better? Who says you have to remain stuck in patterns that don’t serve you? May I Be Frank is a story of redemption. It’s exciting and inspiring. Don’t miss it!”
– John Robbins, author of The New Good Life, The Food Revolution, and Diet For A New America.
Who doesn’t love an inspired, well-documented true story about massive life transformation, from desperation to elation? This is an incredible film – one of the very best in the world of life healing. At times, the insights are sublime.
Watch as Frank Ferrante, a 54 old Sicilian from Brooklyn, NY, with a lifetime of drug & alcohol addiction and everything that comes with that, including Hepatitis-C, is taken on a 42 day journey, by 3 twenty somethings.
Using Raw Vegan Food, Affirmations, Spiritual practice, Holistic practitioners and Unconditional love, these boys help Frank in transforming his health, his relationships, his weight and his view of himself and the world, and ultimately help him fall in love with himself again.
Frank Ferrante is a 54 year old Sicilian from Brooklyn living in San Francisco. A lover of life, great food, beautiful women 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, Cafe Gratitude, a raw, organic and vegan cafe. As he becomes friends with the staff, he keeps returning to the cafe 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 cafe everyday 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 this 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.
BUZZ ABOUT ‘MAY I BE FRANK’
“It is a beautiful sight. The caring behavior of the three young coaches is the essence of the revolutionary spirit meant by ‘True revolution is about tenderness.”
- Alice Walker, author, The Color Purple
“I was deeply moved by Frank’s transformation. Frank and the boys demonstrate what community can look like if we take a stand for a purpose larger then ourselves. Seeing this film is an invitation for your heart to open.”
- Woody Harrelson, Actor
“This film is a triumph…where the hero defeats the villain within himself AND gets the girl in the end. I’ve followed Frank on his transformational journey a few times now, and each time I do, I awaken to something new and true about my own life’s purpose. This film is an amazing gift for those looking to cultivate their soul resources.”
- Jason Mraz, Musician
“I deeply enjoyed this true story of one man’s transformation that gives hope to us all. In its courage and compassion, it reflects the larger theater of our humanity: a few young guys who work at Cafe Gratitude, responding to Frank’s wish to find love one more time, set out to change his life and maybe save his soul as they guide and support him on a life-changing challenge he could never have predicted and would not likely have taken on his own.”
- Dan Millman, author, Way of the Peaceful Warrior
“Frank’s journey is a testament to the power of community, good healthy organic food and what can happen when your desire to be love is strong enough.The folks at Cafe Gratitude have been an important part of my own healing process, and I am so grateful that this movie and this movement is growing and helping so many people to reconnect with themselves, each other, and the abundance of love, light and natural beauty that fills and surrounds us”.
- MC Yogi, musician, spiritual activist
About the Filmmakers
Cary Mosier, Ryland Engelhart, Conor Gaffney
Cary Mosier, Ryland Engelhart, and Conor Gaffney are first time filmmakers and best friends. All three men were working for Cafe Gratitude, a local San Francisco restaurant owned by the Engelhart family. Cary came from a film making background, having studied at San Francisco State. Ryland and Conor both came from the music industry, working as a recording studio owner and musician, respectively. All three men have an interest in creating impactful and progressive works of art and media that carry a positive and inspiring message. May I Be Frank is their debut project in the film medium.
Gregg Marks is a filmmaker from New York City, with a 28 year background in music/composition, 12 years in design & motion graphics and 6 years in filming and editing. After honing his skills on shows like Styleyes, Treehugger.com, and various television commercials, he was inspired to move to San Francisco and to make a documentary film.
Upon arrival he met Ryland Engelhart, Cary Mosier and Conor Gaffney, who had just finished the initial filming of a powerful 42 day project about human transformation. After viewing the raw footage, Gregg knew this was it. After shooting an additional 50 hours of footage and 5 storyboards later, ‘May I Be Frank’ was complete.
This is Gregg’s first full length feature documentary as a director and editor, which has inspired many in the film community, Alanis Morrisette, Jason Mraz, Woody Harrelson, Alice Walker, Dan Millman and many more who’ve reached out to help spread the word about this powerful film.
‘May I Be Frank’ changed how I take care of myself… Really, I, quit smoking, started exercising and eating healthy… This has turned into being on a path for loving myself deeply. Thank you Frank! – Spencer Franklin
Thank you for sharing this amazing film. It made me realize how very grateful I am for my husband who pushed me to become a certified health coach. I hope I can help transform and inspire my clients as much as this film has inspired me. – Sherree Ross
I was moved and ‘inspired by the story of Frank’s transformation. Frank, thank you for allowing your very personal story to be shared publicly. Gregg, thank you for being such a creative storyteller and bringing Frank’s journey to all of us in a way that affects so many that see it. Best of luck to each of you as your adventure together continues! – Chris Stewart
How lucky I was to be in the crowd last evening in KC! Words cannot begin to explain how this movie touched my heart… I am in love again, with possibilities! – SueAnn Strom
Frank…(And any one involved in the movie and journey) the experience I had while watching it was unbelievable… Thank you. We’re IN love with you and the story. I am actually watching the film again as I type this. This story keeps on giving spiritually. I’m 16 and I just want to you to know Frank! You are helping mankind in a way I bet you never thought you would… I hope your life is even more fulfilling than you’d ever imagined and its only going to get better for you. So once again thank you for everything! – Madeline McMillen
Saw this last night. Bought 3 copies. HIGHLY recommend it! – Sue Quitno Vicory
This is my second viewing and I laughed and cried and loved it as much the second time as the first! You touched my heart and the hearts of so many all over again! – Jeri Birdsall
This was one of the most INSPIRING things I’ve ever seen… Very different backgrounds, but amazing how many things Frank voiced that I could never quite put my finger on of my own thoughts and fears. Thank you for being so open ~ you will never know how many lives you touch! – Ellie Bowden- Daniels
I went to see the movie on a whim. I heard about it on the radio on Thursday and thought it would be something different to do on a Saturday. I ended up going to both showings. I went to the first one by myself; I was so moved/touched by both the movie and discussion afterwards that I just had to share it with my wife. The film is so much more than about a guy losing a ton of weight. It’s about transformation in its truest sense – it brings to light the power of community and love and connection. My wife and I had dinner afterwards – not vegan, I’m sorry to say, but still delicious and special. We talked on and on about the movie and the connections we saw between the film and my current journey in transforming my own life. It was a beautiful, lovely Saturday. Thank you Frank and to all of those who attended. – Thomas Forester