Meera Meno
Meera Meno
Meera Meno, recipient of the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize for “Farah Goes Bang” at the Tribeca Film Festival

The inaugural Nora Ephron Prize was awarded to Meera Menon, the director of “Farah Goes Bang,” according to a press release the Tribeca Film Festival sent out on Thursday.

The release noted: “Menon was selected out of eight 2013 TFF filmmakers to receive a cash prize of $25,000 for work and talent that embody the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer.”

“Farah Goes Bang” is a road-trip comedy about an awkward 20-something “who hits the road with her buddies to stump for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election, hoping the trip will also be her opportunity to finally shed the long-unwanted virginity that still clings to her, despite her best — and most uncomfortable — efforts.”

TFF co-founder Jane Rosenthal wrote of Menon, “We were impressed with her fresh, witty, and smart take on a coming of age story about girlfriends, passions and politics. Her film captures the spirit and themes of Nora’s work.”

This award went to a popular choice. At last week’s meet-and-greet with narrative filmmakers and press, more than one journalist declared “Farah Goes Bang,” as their favorite film in the festival and made a point of meeting the young, humble and talented filmmaker.

The Tribeca Film Festival runs though April 28, 2013.


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