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.”
Ryland, his brother Cary and Conor, his best friend, are inspired by the possibility of helping Frank. For the next 42 days, Frank eats only raw food, visits holistic practitioners and gets a weekly colonic. Through the process, Frank develops a new body, a clearer mind and most importantly, a soaring spirit.
Realizing their project was too risky for traditional distribution venues, the “May I Be Frank” team organized a grassroots effort across the country, with fans of the film taking on the role of promoters and hosting a screening followed by a question-and-answer session.
Gregg Marks, film director, and Frank lead a discussion that is equal parts stand-up comedy, group therapy and spiritual communion while exemplifying the power of community and the importance of a holistic approach to healing.
The film has been shown nationwide at festivals, independent theaters, community centers and churches.
“I teach people to focus on love, gratitude, appreciation and how to live the life they want to live as well as how to take responsibility for their lives. When I heard about the movie I wanted to share it with my community,” said Joline Seavey of Farmington, who has been working with the team to host a screening at Lincoln Auditorium.
“I fell in love with the creators that put this phenomenal film together. It really reflects my philosophy of life,” Seavey said.
“May I Be Frank” will be shown at 7 p.m. both days in the auditorium in Roberts Learning Center on the UMF campus. Admission is $10.
For more information about the film, visit www.mayibefrankmovie.com.