Tribeca: Nora Ephron Prize Goes to Meera Menon
A recipient has been chosen for the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival's annual Women's Filmmaker Brunch.
First-time writer/director Meera Menon (Farah Goes Bang) was selected out of eight contenders to receive the $25,000 cash prize. Menon was presented with her award by TFF co-founder Jane Rosenthal and Sally Singer, Vogue's creative digital director.
"We're thrilled to highlight Meera's work with this special award. We were impressed with her fresh, witty and smart take on a coming of age story about girlfriends, passion and politics," said Rosenthal. "Her film captures the spirit and themes of Nora's work. I'm proud to continue Nora's legacy through this award and continue to encourage women filmmakers to create the work that inspires them."
Farah Goes Bang debuted in the festival's Viewpoints section, following an awkward twenty-something who hits the road with her pals to stump for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election -- hoping to lose her virginity along the way.
"As a filmmaker I had always been inspired by Nora, she emblematized how to take pain and suffering and turn them into laughter and joy," said Menon. "Those qualities inspired me and my co-filmmakers. Receiving this incredible honor in her name means more than I could ever articulate."