Lorena Durán was born in New York and raised in Dominican Republic. In 2018 she finished the M.F.A. program in film with a concentration in directing/cinematography at N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she was awarded the Purin Foundation Scholarship and Tisch School of the Arts Scholarship. She has shot many films with a great variety of cultural backgrounds, while working on her goals of lensing the unseen and universal stories that can be felt and valued by all people regardless of where they come from. Prior to enrolling at Tisch, she worked in film productions for 4 years and directed and shot her first short documentary Fronterizas, a finalist for the 2014 Sundance Institute Short Film Competition 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 cinematographer. Durán is a 2019 Film Independent Project Involve Cinematography Fellow.