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Tribeca Film Festival's Nora Ephron Prize Goes to 'Farah Goes Bang' Director Meera Menon (TRAILER)

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 25, 2013 at 1:55PM

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.
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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.

This article is related to: Farah Goes Bang, Meera Menon, Tribeca Film Festival


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.