Meera Menon is a writer, director, and editor. In 2013, her feature directorial debut, Farah Goes Bang, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival; as the film's co-writer/director, Meera was awarded the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize for a groundbreaking woman filmmaker by Tribeca and Vogue. That year, she was also showcased as one of Glamour Magazine's "35 women under 35 running Hollywood." She was selected to be a fellow at 20th Century Fox's Global Directors Initiative. Her second feature, a female driven Wall Street drama titled Equity, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics.
She received her BA in English and Art History from Columbia University, and her MFA from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Meera's father, Vijayan Menon, is a film producer and founder of Tara Arts, which has served as a cultural ambassador to members of the Indian diaspora for over thirty years, showcasing various musical and cinema artists from South India. As a result, Meera grew up in the South Asian film industry and won a national television award in India for her performance on the hit TV show "American Dreams" when she was 18. In addition to her filmmaking career, Meera has worked as a curator for contemporary film and video art festivals in Paris, Miami, and New York; in 2008, she curated an exhibition of over 100 independent artists at New York's legendary Chelsea Hotel.
She works and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, cinematographer Paul Gleason, under the commercial banner Elephant Shoe Pictures. Meera tends to use humor as a defense mechanism, and wonders if the U.S. Department of Defense might consider doing the same.