Dana Turken is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker whose work lives somewhere between the real and the surreal, the dramatic and the comically absurd. She grew up outside of Detroit and spent her youth training as a dancer. She studied semiotics at Brown University, directing at Prague’s FAMU Film Academy, and received her MFA in directing from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television. She’s directed eight short films, which have screened at numerous international film festivals, and one play through the Francis Ford Coppola One Act Festival.
Dana has participated as a fellow in the Film Independent program Project Involve, Film Independent’s Screenwriting Lab, Berlinale Talents, and the Sundance Screenwriters Intensive. In 2015, she was awarded an artist residency at the School of Making Thinking, where she worked on a project based on Euripedes’ The Bacchae. She has produced and directed work for the Lincoln Motor Company, Vanity Fair, Vice, Live Nation, Hard Rock, ATTN, and The National Park Foundation. She recently co-directed two episodes of Cleaner Daze, a dark comedy web series set in a juvenile drug treatment center.