With a climbing pace and spotlit lighting, this gorgeous film is intriguing and suspenseful from shot #1. Being Frank calmly examines one account of rage and revenge and what one man does to take action on real-life evil. Director Franklin Carpio describes an innate fear most can relate to, “I think what scares me are the things that can actually happen. It probably won’t but the “what if”… I hope the audience feels the tension. I want them to wonder what’s next.”
Much like the progression of the film, the conception came in its own stride. As a heavily character-based thriller, developing “Frank” was natural. “Initially, I was talking with the lead actor, Christian, about working together. He lived in Atlanta, and I was here in Pittsburgh. We spoke about the stuff we wanted to do, and I wrote out the script. We spoke back and forth, and, after a few edits, I ended up with an idea that we sunk into”, notes Carpio.
If you like films that marry aesthetic excellence with realistic fear and anxiety, Being Frank might be your top pick. “As long as they enjoy it, I’ll be happy. What I’ve really enjoyed from people that have watched it is that they wanted to see more” (Carpio).
Don’t mess with Frank. Catch Being Frank on the big screen on Saturday, October first at The Oaks Theater! Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the lights will go down at 7:30 pm.