Short - 7:00 PM - Ralph: Someone to Me
Feature - 7:45 PM - May I Be Frank
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Ralph: Someone to Me, is a documentary short, running time approximately 36 minutes. It was written, produced and directed by Stephanie De Palma, the daughter of the film’s main subject, Ralph. It centers around the impact that Ralph’s life, demons, and eventual demise had on those that surrounded him, through the eyes of his daughter. Ms. De Palma has worked as an actor, director, and producer in NYC , LA, and the UK, and in 2010, she won an award for Best Directorial Debut for the this documentary film at the NY International Film Festival.
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. 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’s life. He unknowingly stumbles into a local restaurant in San Francisco, Café Gratitude, a raw, organic and vegan establishment. 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, the agreement is made that for the next 42 days, Frank will turn his life over to the three young café owners 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.
May I Be Frank documents the essence of the human condition and what it truly means to fall in love again. It was originally shown and extremely well received at the 2012 Awaken! International Spiritual Film Festival - honest, funny, and uplifting.
NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 16.