me & paulMeera Menon is a writer, director, and editor. Recently, she was selected to be a fellow at 20th Century Fox’s Global Directors Initiative. In 2013, her feature directorial debut, Farah Goes Bang, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival; as FGB’s co-writer/director, Meera was also awarded the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize for a groundbreaking woman filmmaker by Tribeca and Vogue. 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; she curated the exhibition “meet me here xoxo” at New York’s legendary Chelsea Hotel in 2008. She works as a director and editor in Los Angeles with her partner in life and movies, Paul Gleason under their commercial production banner Elephant Shoe Pictures. She is currently writing and developing several TV and film projects. .

Meera tends to use humor as a defense mechanism, and wonders if the U.S. Department of Defense might consider doing the same.