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FRANK

What to know: A wonderful documentary about a small business owner named Frank Arroyo who sells bikes in the Lower East Side of New York.
FRANK is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-18
5 minutes
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I enjoyed the short film Frank. It's a wonderful documentary with an inspiring story of how Frank is a documentary about a small business owner named Frank Arroyo who sells bikes in the Lower East Side of New York. It includes real customer stories and a segment about how Frank used his bikes to help the residents of his city during times of crisis, such as 9/11 and rallies.

I enjoyed seeing how a small shop can bring so many people together, and how a business matters to so many more people than just the owner. It is nice when customers can have such a personal relationship with a vendor such as Frank, who really cares about the people he helps. From the outside, Frank's bike shop looks very small. However, shots of the inside really surprised me - there are bikes right next to each other, from the floor to the ceiling! Though Frank doesn't have a lot of space, he manages to fit a lot into it. This documentary was filmed on location in the Lower East Side of New York. Though Frank and his customers share some tragic events such as natural disasters and attacks at some points, happy music throughout the film helps maintain its good nature. The film starts out with very upbeat music and some shots of the city streets. The speakers' perspectives are honest and unscripted. The documentary could have glorified the shop with a goal to get customers, like a commercial, but Frank and his customers recount true events and experiences. My favorite part of the film is the sense of togetherness shared by Frank and his customers. Frank's bike shop has been in business for 40 years, so he recalls some of his customers as children, who now bring their families to buy bikes from the shop.

The film's message is that what goes around, comes around. Frank has offered his help to his city's inhabitants in times of need, and in return, he gets loyal customers who keep his business running.

I give Frank 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. I recommend this title for a youth and family film festival. Older children and adults will appreciate this inspirational true story of how a small, hole-in-the-wall business can work as a building block for a city. By Ella S., KIDS FIRST!

I enjoyed the short film Frank. It's a wonderful documentary with an inspiring story of how Frank is a documentary about a small business owner named Frank Arroyo who sells bikes in the Lower East Side of New York. It includes real customer stories and a segment about how Frank used his bikes to help the residents of his city during times of crisis, such as 9/11 and rallies.

I enjoyed seeing how a small shop can bring so many people together, and how a business matters to so many more people than just the owner. It is nice when customers can have such a personal relationship with a vendor such as Frank, who really cares about the people he helps. From the outside, Frank's bike shop looks very small. However, shots of the inside really surprised me - there are bikes right next to each other, from the floor to the ceiling! Though Frank doesn't have a lot of space, he manages to fit a lot into it. This documentary was filmed on location in the Lower East Side of New York. Though Frank and his customers share some tragic events such as natural disasters and attacks at some points, happy music throughout the film helps maintain its good nature. The film starts out with very upbeat music and some shots of the city streets. The speakers' perspectives are honest and unscripted. The documentary could have glorified the shop with a goal to get customers, like a commercial, but Frank and his customers recount true events and experiences. My favorite part of the film is the sense of togetherness shared by Frank and his customers. Frank's bike shop has been in business for 40 years, so he recalls some of his customers as children, who now bring their families to buy bikes from the shop.

The film's message is that what goes around, comes around. Frank has offered his help to his city's inhabitants in times of need, and in return, he gets loyal customers who keep his business running.

I give Frank 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. I recommend this title for a youth and family film festival. Older children and adults will appreciate this inspirational true story of how a small, hole-in-the-wall business can work as a building block for a city. By Ella S., KIDS FIRST!

"Frank" is a short documentary that features Frank Arroyo, the longtime owner of a historic bike shop in the Lower East Side of New York City. The film is a brief portrait of his life, memories, and captures the contributions he's made to the community of bike enthusiasts living in the city. We explore key events and his influence on the community through customer testimonies, interviews, and historical photos.
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