Lorena Durán was born in New York and raised in Dominican Republic. She has shot many films with a great variety of cultural backgrounds- telling the stories of Afghan and Indian young girls, a Liberian man in the Midwest of the U.S., the mysteries of the woods in the North of Spain and the love of an isolated community in Cuba- as she works on her goal of lensing unheard stories that can be felt and valued by all people regardless of where they come from.
Durán is currently developing her thesis film for the M.F.A. in film with a concentration in directing and cinematography at N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of the Arts. At NYU she was awarded the Purin Foundation Scholarship and Tisch School of the Arts Scholarship. Prior to moving to New York, she worked in Dominican film productions and directed and shot her first short doc Fronterizas, a finalist for the 2014 Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge about a group of Dominican and Haitian women working together despite racial tensions. Durán studied classical guitar and sees music as one of her greatest influences as a cinematographer. She is a 2019 Film Independent Project Involve Cinematography Fellow and a 2019 Volker Bahnemann Cinematography Award finalist.