Meera Menon

Meera Menon is an Indian–American director, writer, and editor. Her feature directorial debut, Farah Goes Bang,[1] screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 and was awarded the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize by Tribeca and Vogue.[2] She currently resides in Los Angeles.[3]

Early life

Menon cited her father as her earliest inspiration for filmmaking, using his camera to shoot films with her next-door neighbour.[4] Since her father, Vijayan Menon, is a film producer, Menon was exposed to filmmaking from a young age.[4] Her father is also a founder of Tara Arts, an English cultural ambassador for South India, showcasing musicals and films.[3] Menon says while her parents encouraged her to pursue the arts, her father advised her to look at it as a hobby.[4]

Because of this way of thinking about film, Menon did not seriously consider filmmaking as a career until she attended Columbia University, and took classes that were taught by professional filmmakers.[4] Menon she received a BA in English and Art History from Columbia, but while she was there, she began directing films and discovered a passion for the craft.[4] She went on to receive an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.[3]

Career

In 2009, Menon wrote and directed the short film Mark in Argentina, a story about a governor searching for his mistress in Argentina. However, it wasn't until Menon released her feature-length debut when she started to get a great deal of recognition from the media.

Menon's first full-length feature film, Farah Goes Bangwas described by Jennifer Mills as one that, "explores many genres: the road movie, the sexual coming of age movie, the political film, the buddy movie."[5] Menon co-wrote the film with Laura Goode, who also acted as a producer.[5] Not only did Menon win the Nora Ephron Prize for Farah Goes Bang, but the film also won awards at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and CAAMFest.[6][7]

Menon also works as an editor for Larry King Now, and has done camera work and art direction for other independent projects.[8]

In 2015, Menon directed the female-driven Wall Street drama Equity.[9] The film premiered In Competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.[10]

In 2016 Menon also wrote and directed the short film The Press Conference for Refinery29's ShatterBox Anthology, a series of 12 shorts written and directed by women. The short premiered on Refinery29's website on September 23, 2016.[11]

She had also worked as a director on the TV series The Magicians[12] for an episode in the third, and two in the fourth season.

Filmography

sFilmRoleNotes
2019 The Terror: Infamy Director
  • Episode 7: "My Perfect World"
2019 The Magicians[13] Director
  • 3 episodes: "Twenty-Three", "Escape From The Happy Place" and "The 4-1-1"
2019 The Walking Dead Director
  • 1 episode: "Bounty"
2019 The Punisher Director
  • 1 episode: "The Abyss"
2018 GLOW Director
  • 1 episode: "The Good Twin"
2018 Titans Director
  • 1 episode: "Together"
2017Blood DriveDirector, writer
2016The Press ConferenceDirector, writer
2016EquityDirector
2013Farah Goes BangWriter, director and producer
  • Nominated – Best Director, Winter Film Awards
  • Nominated – Best Film, Winter Film Awards
  • Nominated – Best Narrative Feature, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
  • Nora Ephron Prize, Tribeca Film Festival
  • Best Feature, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
2009Mark in ArgentinaWriter and director

References

  1. "Farah Goes Bang (2013)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  2. Dave McNary (25 April 2013). "Meera Menon Wins Inaugural Nora Ephron Prize at Tribeca". Variety. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  3. "Filmmaker". Meera Menon. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  4. "The Believer Logger — Girls Behind The Camera: An Interview with Meera Menon — Girls Behind The Camera: An Interview with Meera". Logger.believermag.com. 27 June 2013. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  5. "'Farah Goes Bang' Director Meera Menon Talks About Her Fresh Take on The Road Movie | Tribeca". Tribecafilm.com. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  6. "Farah Goes Bang (2013) Awards". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  7. Samantha Highfill (23 April 2013). "Tribeca Film Festival: Meera Menon wins Nora Ephron Prize". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  8. Dave McNary (9 December 2015). "Female Directors Helming Only 6.4% of Movies: DGA Report". Variety. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  9. Dave McNary (17 March 2015). "Meera Menon to Direct Female-Driven Wall Street Drama for Broad Street Pictures". Variety. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  10. Chang, Justin. "Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2016 Competition, Next Films". Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  11. "Meera Menon's Newest Film: The Press Conference". Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  12. "The Magicians (U.S. TV series)", Wikipedia, 25 April 2019, retrieved 25 April 2019
  13. "The Magicians (U.S. TV series)", Wikipedia, 25 April 2019, retrieved 25 April 2019
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