Sunday, June 27, 2010

May I be Frank: before and after

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."-Hippocrates -- Via Cafe Gratitude

How can the mind, body, spirit metamorphosis of one man generate such enthusiasm in total strangers that whole communities will sprout up to embrace and re-envision and work toward creating a similar, transformative resource in various cities across the nation?

Meet the enigma that is Frank. Even if you don't have the opportunity to see the enigma that is Frank in person, it is hard to avoid getting caught up in the on screen overhaul of his life called, May I Be Frank.

No matter what your current state of life affairs, there is most likely some small part that will resonate if you have ever doubted your life purpose or wished that you could take back some of the actions (yours) that may have been directly or indirectly harmful to those you loved.

Frank lives out, on screen, the ups and downs of coming to terms with his current state of despair as he allows a reclamation of spirit to be engineered by three kind-hearted, 20-something, vegan souls who are role models of the guiding light workforce behind Cafe Gratitude in San Francisco.

The result is a personal triumph for Frank and a genuine crowd pleaser in the Spiritual Cinema circle. The star and the filmmaker got a sellout and a standing ovation at the Kansas City screening in June. (Notwithstanding a downpour that could have kept attendees away.)

One of the organizers of the event is now compiling a list for a possible second showing.

The benefit of the screening was seeing today's Frank and finding out about a divine intervention that - without such a drastic maneuver - may not have been possible. And that wasn't the first divine encounter for Frank but I won't spoil it. Frank can tell you more on his blog.

The endearing part of all of the rollercoaster ups and downs that Frank so graciously, if not enthusiastically, endures during his reclamation of soul is that he is authentic and candid. He lets us view him in various moments that are so raw, reality television hasn't found that door. To add emphasis, Frank says he stayed in the fetal position for three weeks after seeing the final cut.

And maybe it is because this whole on screen life trip wasn't preplanned. It happened, just like life, one event, one day, one moment at a time. Frank just sucked in his pride and went through a process that, at any time, he could have opted out of. He kept showing up and, as he will tell you, his is still a life in process.

But, in the end, when Frank completes the 42 day program he signed on for, he makes everyone who went on the ride with him feel like a winner and, just possibly, willing to consider rewriting a few of their own unintentional bitter endings.

At the very least, what appears to be happening is that those who are touched by the film are taking action and embracing the idea of the need to build more loving and caring communities and a much kinder attitude toward nourishment and how we present that which is considered a potential food item.

More information and live links on -

May I Be Frank

Cafe Gratitude

Cafe Gratitude KC

Open Circle Cinema

Footnote: I will be interviewing Natalie Wessling George on Cafe Gratitude KC - July 7, the date of the second screening for May I Be Frank in Kansas City. Frank and Gregg have agreed to an interview in August.

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