Woodstock 2013 Meera Gandhi signing Woodstock poster
Our friend Mover and Shaker Meera Gandhi, CEO and Founder of The Giving Back Foundation
, presented the 3rd Annual Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award to acclaimed film director Mira Nair at the Woodstock Film Festival on October 5, 2013. In the presentation during the Maverick Awards gala evening in Woodstock, New York, Meera Gandhi said that that the Giving Back spirit must be kindled in all walks of life. Read Meera's most recent Whom You Know interview here:
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We have known her for four years now and continue to be more and more amazed with her intelligent, ambitious generosity and are honored to know her.
Meera Gandhi presented the Giving Back award and $5000 Cash honorarium to Ms. Nair. The award is given each year to the director, producer or actor who best delivers a message of social change and a strong compassion for philanthropy.
Mira Nair, one of the icons of filmmaking, is best known for her directorial brilliance with such legendary films as Monsoon Wedding, Salaam Bombay, Vanity Fair, The Namesake, and her most recent film, the Reluctant Fundamentalist. The Broadway stage production of Monsoon Wedding will open in 2014. A dedicated humanitarian, she has helped over 5000 street kids in India and established 17 centers for them. She works with young filmmakers in Uganda, where she operates film schools for the African continent’s best and brightest young filmmakers.
Past recipients of the Meera Gandhi Giving Back award for philanthropy were actor Mark Ruffalo in 2011 and actor, director and screenwriter Tim Blake Nelson in 2012. Mark is involved with the environment and Tim Blake with creating theater opportunity for youth in NYC.
This award is in keeping with the Giving Back Foundation philosophy:
“We are to the universe only as much as we give back to it“ ---Meera Gandhi
Woodstock 2013 Mira Nair signing Woodstock Festival poster
Woodstock 2013 Andy Garcia and Peter Bogdanovich
Director Peter Bogdanovich received the Maverick Lifetime Achievement award, presented to him by actor Andy Garcia.
Woodstock 2013 Meera Gandhi and Mira Nair with trophy
Woodstock 2013 Paul Rudd
Actor Paul Rudd was present for the Festival and was on a few panels.