THIS DOCUMENTARY IS FREAKING AWESOME AND I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO WATCH IT! It will inspire the heck out of you! I purchased the DVD and I am going to watch it again tonight.
Frank Ferrante, Jason Mraz, and the amazing folks behind the film.
About the film:
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, 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 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.
Elevate brought me on board to take pictures that evening. I was ENTHRALLED when they wanted me to do my thang and document the event as I saw it. My heart was on fire!
Life’s inbetween moments . . . it’s what I live for.
Mikki Willis and his wife Nadia.
It’s hard for filmmakers NOT to be behind the camera, even when they aren’t supposed to be! I get it.
Photoshoot with Patty Yuniverse. She’s the one in the Shit New Age Girls Say YouTube video! It is hilarious!
Some backstage photos before panel discussion.
Mikki & Nadia . . . You can feel their love from 100 miles away. They just celebrated their 9 year anniversary.
Jason Mraz performance.
I feel truly grateful that people see “me” through my craft. It’s the reason I do what I do, and I absolutely LOVE IT. Thank you so much to Elevate. The night was amazing!
P.S. Go see the film.