Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cinema Libre's May I Be Frank On Feb. 12

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report
In a society that glorifies instant gratification and the easy cure for what ails you it is refreshing to take notice of — as Robert Frost so succinctly put it — those who choose to take the “one less traveled” in getting their life out of the morass of despair and back into the daylight.

Such is the story that newly-minted documentary filmmakers Cary Mosier, Ryland Engelhart and Conor Gaffney — with hands-on guidance from veteran Gregg Marks — tell in their film, May I Be Frank.   Cinema Libre has tabbed Feb. 12 as the DVD release date.   
Imagine that you’re a 54-year old, 290-pound schlub of a man, living a miserable life — too much booze — suffering from Hep C and other maladies of the body and spirit, who happens to wander into a Vegan restaurant.  

That sounds like the set-up for a joke, you know the kind: “A duck walks into a bar,” but in this case it is the Café Gratitude in San Francisco and it is probably the last place on earth for Frank Ferrante to be ... much less a duck.

Better a pill for this, a pill for that, some fast food and a drink or two … that would be more his style, not some yuppie bistro with veggies on the menu.

But surprise, Frank likes the place.  People are nice.  The food, ahhhh, that might take some getting use to.   But, this is where it gets good, because May I Be Frank isn’t one of those Hollywood feel-good movies, it’s a real story about a real human being — one with lots of flaws.   

Ryland Engelhart, one of the Café Gratitude servers, hits upon the simple proposal of making Frank Ferrante the subject of a month-and-half long life-changing experiment.  Eat healthy, they will film it, cheer him along and see what happens.  Frank can always go back to a pill for this … a pill for that.  

The trio of young filmmakers coach him, help him through the tough spots (it’s not easy breaking life-long habits) and take Frank to a new place, both physically and emotionally.   They have the film to prove it.  

Enter Gregg Marks, who, as the story goes, took a look at their raw footage, shot connecting sequences and edited it into the final, award-winning documentary.  May I Be Frank, might just be of the best films for your heart come this Valentine’s Day … Cinema Libre’s Feb. 12 release date is spot-on for just such a thing to happen!

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