Oren Franklin FKA Dani began his creative journey into the Arts with painting and sculpture. Soon after, his interest shifted into video, film, and animation, exploring the medium’s potential to be free from the limitations of conventional narrative formulas.
He primarily studied film/video formally at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA (BFA, 2007). After graduating, he traveled to Beijing, China where he lived and started teaching film and video at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He is currently graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with an MFA.
His work is known in particular for their explorations in, cameraless animation, and ethnographic studies. His work exhibits interest in, mythology, indigenous sovereignty, feminist and queer theory, earth based spirituality, and social and environmental justice.
Oren's creative work has been shown prominently at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (RedCat) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) both in Los Angeles, CA along with screenings in West Dean College in Sussex, England, Mills College in Oakland, CA, and other theatre gallery spaces within Los Angeles Bay and Denver area.