Meera Menon & Amy Fox (director & writer of Equity)
From Podcast Episode 24:
“Equity,” which opens July 29th, stars Anna Gunn, Alysia Reiner, Sarah Megan Thomas, and James Purefoy. It provides a groundbreaking look at Wall Street from women’s perspectives: Women are the driving force of the film, both in front of and behind the camera. In this interview, the Critic and the Referee talk to director Meera Menon and writer Amy Fox. Listen to get the inside scoop!
About Meera Menon & Amy Fox
MEERA MENON (Director) Meera Menon was recently selected to be a fellow at 20th Century Fox’s Global Directors initiative. Her directorial debut Farrah Goes Bang premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, where Meera was awarded the Nora Ephron Prize for a groundbreaking woman filmmaker by Tribeca Film Festival and Vogue Magazine. Additionally, Meera was selected by Glamour Magazine as one of 35 women under 35 Running Hollywood. She received her MFA from USC.
AMY FOX (Screenwriter) With over a dozen theatre productions and a Merchant Ivory film to her credit, Amy Fox’s crisp, quirky writing has been turning the heads of stage and film critics since 1999. Time Out New York has called her “a ferocious talent” and The New York Times has praised her “warmth of understanding.” Amy’s play “Summer Cyclone” has been produced in cities across the country, and her more recent work has played to sold out theaters in New York and London. In 2000, Merchant Ivory executive producer Ismail Merchant commissioned Amy to write a screenplay based on the premise of her play “Heights.” The resulting film, also called Heights, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and opened nationwide in June 2005. The film stars Glenn Close, James Marsden, Jesse Bradford and Elizabeth Banks. Amy continues to write plays, screenplays and fiction from her home in New York City, where she has lived since 1997. She is currently working on a novel. Fox is a graduate of Amherst College and received her Master’s degree in fiction writing from Brooklyn College in May 2005. She is on the faculty of the NYU/Tisch Graduate School of Film and Television. She is originally from Boulder, Colorado.
In theaters July 29.
From Sony Pictures Classics: When Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn) is passed over for a promotion at her firm, she fights for the opportunity to take a start-up public, hoping this promising IPO will secure her a place at the firm’s highest level. But when an employee at the start-up raises questions about a possible crack in the company’s walls, Naomi must decide whether to investigate rumors that may compromise the deal, or push forward with the confidence her superiors expect.
Soon Naomi finds herself tangled in a web of deception and office politics and begins to question if there is anyone she can trust. As the IPO draws closer, Naomi sees that the choices she has made for her career have left her very much alone. Forced to reexamine the rules of the cutthroat world she has always loved she finds herself in a fight for her very survival. (Runtime: 100 Minutes)
*** Official Selection of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival ***
*** Official Selection of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival ***
Starring: Anna Gunn (AMC’s “Breaking Bad”), James Purefoy (Sundance TV’s “Hap and Leonard”), Sarah Megan Thomas (Backwards), Alysia Reiner (Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black”)
Directed by: Meera Menon (Farah Goes Bang)
Screenplay by: Amy Fox
Story by: Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner and Amy Fox