The Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday awarded Meera Menon, whose feature debut “Farah Goes Bang” is an official selection, with the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize at the annual Women’s Filmmaker Brunch. Anna Wintour, Glenn Close and Lily Tomlin were in attendance, among many more.
The award endows Menon with $25,000 in honor of writer/director Nora Ephron, who died last year. “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,” Menon said when she received the prize. “Those qualities inspired me and my co-filmmakers. Receiving this incredible honor in her name means more than I could ever articulate.”
Hailed as “warm-hearted” and “engaging” by The Hollywood Reporter upon its Tribeca premiere, “Farah” tells the story of a floundering twenty-something who attempts to lose her virginity while on the campaign trail for John Kerry. Read an Indiewire interview with Menon here and watch the trailer below.