Earlier today at the Women’s Filmmaker Brunch, the Tribeca Film Festival announced Meera Menon as the first recipient of The Nora Ephron Prize for her work on the film Farah Goes Bang. Selected out of eight filmmakers, Menon will receive $25,000 for “work and talent that embody the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer,” according to a press release. The award will be presented to her by TFF co-founder Jane Rosenthal and Vogue‘s creative digital director, Sally Singer.
Menon is a first-time writer/director on Farah Goes Bang, a film that follows a 20-year-old who hops on the 2004 Kerry presidential campaign in hopes that the trip will bring her many opportunities, including the opportunity to lose her virginity.
“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, passions 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.”
“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. Tribeca has been such a special experience and the lady love is resounding.”
The Tribeca Film Festival runs through April 28.