Welcome to our website devoted to the life and work of Ric Menello.  We hope that it will grow into a boisterous, entertaining, informative and deeply felt celebration that mirrors Ric’s own infectious energy and love of life. Feel free to send us your comments, photographs and/or written contributions that you would like added to our site.

The site was funded by financial contributions from Gregory Giordano, Patrick and Julia Giordano.

Grave of Claude Chabrol

Brad’s Special Tribute to Ric in Paris

“Today, on this heartbreaking anniversary, I am in Paris.  I have visited Père Lachaise cemetery, Division 10, to find the grave of Claude Chabrol.  I put flowers on it, plus a card with this inscription:

“A l’occasion du premier anniversaire de la mort de Ric Menello, chercheur de film et Correspondant de Claude Chabrol. 1 mars 2014

On the occasion of the first anniversary of the death of Ric Menello, film scholar and pen pal of Claude Chabrol.  March 1, 2014”

I don’t think M. Chabrol would mind…”

Memories of Menello

‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn’: The Story Behind The Anthem

It’s the rallying cry of bands on their way home after a long tour. The drunken chorus of newly minted New Yorkers as they roll over the Brooklyn Bridge at 3 a.m. And now, nearly 30 years after the Beastie Boys dropped the seminal album Licensed To Ill, “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” is the official anthem of the 2013 Video Music Awards.

The Beastie Boys’ debut studio album, Licensed to Ill, dropped in 1986, fresh from the new Def Jam Recordings, which was headed up at the time by Rick Rubin and the Boys’ then-manager Russell Simmons. The record contains some of the band’s biggest hits, including “Fight for Your Right” and the tribute to the borough that many of the guys called home: “No Sleep Till Brooklyn.”

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The Immigrant - Weinstein Company

“The Immigrant” part of the main slate at the 51st New York Film Festival


The Immigrant will be shown during this year’s prestigious New York Film Festival, running from September 27th through October 13th, as part of the main slate then hopefully released through Radius/Weinstein Company sometime later in the year.

In Director James Gray’s richly detailed period tragedy, set in a dusty, sepia-toned 1920s Manhattan, a young Polish immigrant (Marion Cotillard) is caught in a dangerous battle of wills with a shady burlesque manager (Joaquin Phoenix). Screenplay by Ric Menello and James Gray. A Radius release.


The Immigrant Marion Cotillard- Weinstein Company

The Immigrant premieres at the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival in France

The Immigrant, one of Ric’s last screenplay credits, screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival this past May.

James Gray co-wrote, produced and directed the film, which stars Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner.

It is scheduled for release later this year through the Weinstein Company.


Newkirk Plaza Tunnel Mosaic dedicated to Ric Menello by artist Juan Carlos Pinto

Just about everyone who lives in the Flatbush neighborhood of Ditmas Park, knew Ric Menello.  Even those who didn’t know his name probably still would recognize him, because Ric Menello was intricately woven into the fabric of this neighborhood.  Much of Ric’s time was spent in the area on and around Cortelyou Road, but he could also often be found having lunch or sitting on a bench in newly renovated Newkirk Plaza.  This was, in fact, the place he was on February 28, 2013 when he had the heart attack that would end up taking his life one day later.  It’s fitting then that the mosaic designed by J. Carlos Pinto and worked on by other local artists, most of whom knew Ric, would be dedicated to him and that his likeness would be the last image immortalized in the piece.

The mosaic, one of many street art projects produced by Mr. Pinto through the Brooklyn Recycle Project,  http://brooklynrecycleproject.tumblr.com/, in various locations in New York City, was several months in the making.  Its completion was celebrated and dedicated to Ric on May 11, 2013.