Project Description

Cover for the film, May I be Frank? Features a silhouette of a man looking sideways with another man standing inside the silhouette looking forward.

May I Be Frank

2010 · Unrated · 1h 30m


May I Be Frank is about Frank Ferrante, 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.

May I Be Frank documents the transformation of Frank’s life when he stumbles into a local raw and vegan restaurant, becomes friends with the staff, and strikes an agreement to turn his life over to three twenty-something young men to be coached physically, emotionally and spiritually. Over 42 days, the four men go on the ride of their lives.

Through Frank’s story of love, redemption, and transformation, we witness the power of change in one person’s life, and it’s impact on countless others.

About the Filmmakers

May I Be Frank was produced by Cinema Libre Studio and directed by Ryan Engelhart, Conor Gaffney, Cary Mosier, and Gregg Marks. Find out more about the film at


“I decided to purchase this because I couldn’t seem to find it on Netflix or Blockbuster and it wasn’t being shown anywhere near me. It was a little hard to bite the bullet and pay for it, but I’m glad I did. Not only because I enjoyed it and found it inspiring, but because my husband ended up watching it several times and has since then begun to work with a trainer and is changing his eating and drinking habits (he’s quite overweight, and nothing I could say to him has helped him change). The most powerful thing about this film is that the transformation of Frank is not just a physical one – and in fact, the physical transformation is the least important and the most unexpected. Read the other reviews to find out what it’s about. All I can say is, if you find this subject of transformation interesting, buy this film. You won’t regret it.” – Felting Mom, Amazon

“I have never felt compelled to write such a personal review as this. Frank is my late father in the flesh, but my dad did not wake up in time. He never had the life-changing benefit of meeting three loving, enthusiastic adults who stuck by his side to help him through his metamorphosis. My dad died in his sleep on his couch, at the same age that Frank was just beginning to live. This fact alone made the film so bittersweet for me. Frank, you changed your life from the inside-out without changing a drop of your delightful personality. I cannot stop telling people about this film, and I don’t want to spoil any of the ‘Aha!’ moments for anyone by telling them why I loved this film so much. Suffice it to say that it is touching, well-made, and has a great soundtrack. I would be so happy if I could have lunch with Frank at the Cafe Gratitude.” – E. A. Nepaial, Amazon


Cover for the film, May I be Frank? Features a silhouette of a man looking sideways with another man standing inside the silhouette looking forward.

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