Ric Menello – by Neil Jesuele

When I met Ric a little over a year ago, it didn’t take me long to realize that his passion for cinema, along with his knowledge of directors’ and screenwriters’ nuances, rivaled my own. Our first face-to-face meeting was at the Heartland Brewery in Union Square, which would become the location of all of our meetings thereafter.

The casual ambiance provided a comfortable arena for our discussions which, on many occasions, lasted several hours; I came away from each of these conversations with a deeper love for the cinema entertainment that Ric and myself enjoyed so deeply.

I was introduced to Ric by author David Evanier, who felt Ric would be a great fit to pen the feature film that I was producing. For this, I am forever in David’s debt, for he not only introduced me to a true master of his craft, which Ric most certainly was, but to a kindhearted genius that I am proud to say was my friend.

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