Vegan Family Style- Reviews May I Be Frank


This film is not for the faint of heart. Frank is a passionate man. He is not afraid to share his emotions with the world. He has a mouth that made me blush and yep… I saw all of Frank. That was a shocker. But that said I walked away inspired. Watching Frank work through his emotions inspired me to work through mine. Learning to love yourself more than others love you is a very important concept. Being in the now.. Now living in the past or the future is also a very important concept and these are things that Frank learned and……click here for full article

San Rafael Patch Review


Serendipity leads to transformation.

On the day, three-and-a-half years ago, that Frank Ferrante wandered into Café Gratitude on Ninth Avenue and Irving Street in San Francisco, he was 54 years old and weighed 287 pounds.

Depressed and lonely, Frank was a recovering drug and alcohol addict. He had a lousy relationship with his ex-wife and no relationship with his daughter. He was pre- diabetic, had hepatitis C, drank 10 cups of espresso a day just to stay awake, and had been on anti-depressants for 10 years.

If you don’t know the drill at Café Gratitude, the vegan raw food restaurant, every day they have a question. On that day, it happened to be…
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Las Vegas screening review


I took my family (wife and son) to see the documentary ‘May I Be Frank’ Last night.

To those that did not attend the event or read the reviews I thought you would like to read my short review.

I’m definitely a documentary connoisseur, and this one is now at the top of my list (currently my list has over 1,200)
I estimate there were over 150 attendees!

WOW! Bravo! I predict May I Be Frank will soon be the buzz. Started with yummy healthy free food samplings from several local providers, the film hit most emotions plus full of meaning and value, followed great Q&A, then connecting with the film star Frank Ferrante, one of his coaches Conor, the director/editor Gregg Marks and one of the best hugs I’ve had in a long time… from Frank!

There is already talk of having the film show again in Vegas.

Many thanks to our new member Diana Diaz, for putting on the event.

JD Mumma, Ami.

Bay Area Reporter


Bay Area Reporter, Oct. 14, 2010.

Brace yourselves for a “feel good” doc that earns its good vibrations. This is the hard-to-believe, heartfelt story of how a grotesquely overweight, multiple-addicted, divorced, 54-year-old, born-in-Brooklyn wreck of a guy finds salvation at a SF vegan restaurant under the watchful eyes of four 20something sweethearts: Conor Gaffney, Gregg Marks, Cary Mosier and Ryland Engelhart. This quartet of amigos operate the Cafe Gratitude, where, to their surprise and delight, Frank Ferrante stumbled in out of the sun, needing a total makeover. “The Boys” loved Frank for his hyper-profane, Sicilian-influenced wit. The Boys had an offer Frank didn’t refuse: empty his fridge, toss out his microwave and eat all meals for 42 days at the cafe – plus agree to a daily 12-step-style affirmation that alone would have kicked in Frank’s gag reflex if the morning glass of slimy green stuff didn’t do the trick.

42 days later and 110 lbs. lighter, Frank, the brutally candid star of his own recovery, has kicked hepatitis C, undergone three colonics and found forgiveness from his long-suffering family. It’s not all sunshine and lollypops, but May I Be Frank succeeds in portraying the vegan lifestyle as something beyond the punchline to a New Age joke.

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May I Be Frank in Mission Local


Nothing in Frank Ferrante’s slim frame, mane of graying hair and relaxed manner, allude to his former colossal dimensions. Instead, he looks like any other health conscious diner as he sits down at the vegan restaurant Cafe Gratitude on Harrison street.

But four years ago, the 54-year-old carpenter from Brooklyn, was an unlikely candidate to stumble into Cafe Gratitude. ”I was 300 pounds, addicted to drugs, I had hepatitis C, I was depressed, I was dying really,” Ferrante recalls.

He stuck around for a meal after that first visit, a decision which catapulted him to an unusual ride back to health. When he confessed to Ryland Engelhart, one of the managers at Gratitude that he wanted to be loved before he died, Engelhart, together with his friends and colleagues Cary Mosier and Conor Gaffney, decided to put him on a regime of raw food and spiritual coaching and take a camera along for the ride. The result is “May I be Frank,” one of the local documentaries screening at the ninth SF DocFest, a two-week-long documentary film festival that plays at the Roxie Theater.

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May I Be Frank in The Sun Journal


FARMINGTON — “May I Be Frank,” an independent film about sex, drugs and the essence of the human condition and what it truly means to fall in love again, will be shown Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15-16, at the University of Maine at Farmington.

The film documents the transformation of Frank Ferrante, a 54-year-old Sicilian from Brooklyn who is obese, depressed and an addict.

Frank stumbles into a raw, organic and vegan restaurant in San Francisco called Cafe Gratitude. When Ryland, a server at the cafe, asks Frank what one thing he wants to do before he dies, Frank replies, “I want to fall in love one more time, but no one will love me looking the way I do.”
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May I Be Frank in the New York Times


¶“May I Be Frank,” by Cary Mosier, Ryland Engelhart, Conor Gaffney and Gregg Marks, at S.F. DocFest. This film came about by accident: when Frank Ferrante, a depressed and overweight New Yorker, ate at Café Gratitude, a feel-good vegan and raw food restaurant, he did not imagine the effect that meal would have on his life. But after Mr. Ferrante, a divorced drug addict with hepatitis C, declared to three young male managers at the restaurant that he wanted to fall in love again, they set out to change his life and took a camera along.

Over the course of 42 days, the Café Gratitude workers put Mr. Ferrante through a regimen of wheat grass, colonics and touchy-feely advice. The New Age jargon may put off some viewers, but Mr. Ferrante proves to be a compelling on-screen presence: at once honest and manipulative, hopeful and frustrating. Click Here for the Full Article

Michael Beckwith of Agape


Thank you to Agape for their support of May I Be Frank.

Gregg Marks, Michael Beckwith and Frank Ferrante

Jason Mraz in the studio for MIBF


We had the opportunity to film Jason Mraz perform “what would love do?” in his home studio. Jason has become a buddy of ours and has helped us support all things heart opening. We thank him for his time and contribution to the film with the title song.

Jason Mraz at his home studio

The Manor House School Fundraising


MAY I BE FRANK helps raise money for a new school in Cape Cod, offering breakthrough education for children with Autism!
It was an amazing SOLD OUT show in Cape Cod that helped raise money for The Manor House School of Cape Cod! Thanks to Thom, Susan, Steve and of course the boy who inspires us all Joe. Please take a moment to check out this link and donate to what these amazing people are doing! Click HERE to visit the site!