PELHAM, NY -- On Wednesday, July 27th at 7:30 p.m., The Picture House Regional Film Center (TPH) will present an advance screening of the new film Equity (R, 100 mins.) with a post-film discussion and Q&A with director Meera Menon. Equity opens nationwide on Friday, July 29th.
Being promoted as “the first female-driven Wall Street movie” Equity which premiered to critical acclaim at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, tells the story of an investment banker (Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad) who is trying to work her way up the Wall Street ladder while a prosecutor (Alysia Reiner, Orange is the New Black) keeps an eye out for corrupt practices. In addition to a mostly female cast and being directed by a woman, Equity is also written (by Amy Fox) and produced (by co-stars Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas) by women.
The Hollywood Reporter said of the film “Making industry headlines before it even screened at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival when Sony Pictures Classics acquired it for distribution, Equity is a smart thriller set in the corporate world that disguises its modest budget with an intelligent script and good set of hooks.”
After the film, Picture House Critic-in-Residence, Marshall Fine will moderate the discussion and Q&A with the director
Meera Menon. Menon is a writer, director, and editor whose 2013 feature directorial debut, Farah Goes Bang, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Menon 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.” More recently, she was selected to be a fellow at 20th Century Fox’s Global Directors Initiative.
Menon received her B.A. in English and Art History from Columbia University, and her M.F.A from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Menon’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. As a result, Menon 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.
SPECIAL MEMBER SUMMER PREMIERE PRICING: Members enjoy special pricing of $30 for one ticket to all three Picture House Summer Premieres, Miss Sharon Jones! on Wednesday, July 20th, Equity on July 27th, and Hell or High Water on August 8th.
Tickets to the special advance screening and discussion are $15/general admission, $12/students and seniors and members and are available at www.thepicturehouse.org or at the box office, 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, NY 10803.