Writer / Producer
Danny is a writer, filmmaker, storyteller, and co-founder
of Rock Farm Productions. Danny wrote and produced the pandemic-themed animated short film Demi’s Panic
in collaboration with legendary, Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton. The film is an official selection
at film festivals around the globe and will premiere at the iconic TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood at the
Oscar-qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival. In 2019, Danny appeared on the World Channel’s program Stories from the Stage in a live, televised storytelling event. Danny is currently working on a collection of short stories and poems, a script for a live action short, and a spoken word story, so if you are a publisher, film producer,
or work at The Moth, hit him up!
Lorena, a native of Colombia, is a storyteller, writer, filmmaker, and co-founder of Rock Farm Productions.
As a storyteller, she has appeared on World Channel’s television program Stories from the Stage and has performed on Suitcase Stories, a traveling storytelling event created by the International Institute of New England which features immigrant stories.
With a marcom career expanning close to two decades, Lorena has won numerous awards for creativity and storytelling. Lorena is a Pauline Scheer Fellow at GrubStreet where she is currently working on a memoir about her experiences growing up during the Colombian drug war and migrating to the United States.
Bill Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation, and is the first person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Bill moved to New York City from Portland, Oregon in 1968 and began his career creating cartoons for publications such as New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy and Screw.
In 1987, he was nominated for an Oscar® for his animated short Your Face. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar® nomination, this time for his short Guard Dog. Push Comes to Shove won the prestigious Cannes 1991 Palme d'Or; and in 2001, another short film, Eat, won the Grand Prize for Short Films in Cannes Critics' Week.
After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike's, he turned his talent to feature films. Since 1991, he's made eleven feature films. Eight of them, The Tune, Mondo Plympton, I Married A Strange Person, Mutant Aliens, Hair High, Idiots and Angels, Cheatin', and Revengeance are all animated features.
Bill Plympton has also collaborated with Madonna, Kanye West and Weird Al Yankovic in a number of music videos and book projects. In 2006, he received the Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award from The Annie Awards. He also animated 6 opening "couch gags" for FOX-TV's "The Simpsons" and 6 "Trump Bites" shorts using real audio from Donald Trump, which won a 2019 Webby Award.
Daniel has built a career on uncompromising creativity, sincerity, and a strong work ethic; moving seamlessly between the sounds of his native Colombia, emotional singer-songwriter music, electronic music, and orchestral music. Some of his credits include "Demi’s Panic" (film by renowned animator Bill Plympton, composer), “El Barón” (Sony Pictures Television, main title songwriter), Becky G (pop mega star, songwriter/producer), Andy Allo (Prince collaborator and lead role on Amazon's “Upload”, songwriter/producer), “Sami Yaffa - Sound Tracker” (documentary series, producer), “Naco Es Chido” (film by Sergio Arau, soundtrack/songwriter/producer), Elan Atias (former front man of The Wailers, songwriter/producer), Sergio Arau (director of "A Day Without A Mexican” and musician, songwriter/producer), Coco Jadad (Sony Music, songwriter/producer), “This Is Kelly” (short film, composer), “¡Corre!” (short film, composer), Cimarrón (Grammy nominated joropo group, songwriter/producer), Fruko y sus Tesos (salsa legends, songwriter/producer) and Fania (salsa record label, producer/remix) among many others. Additionally, Daniel’s music has been synced on shows like “The Bachelor”, “Temptation Island” and “Extreme Home Makeover.”
Daniel is a recipient of the Reel Change: Fund for Diversity in Film Scoring, made possible by SESAC and Christophe Beck, and administered by New Music USA. This award helped fund Daniel's score for Demi's Panic by allowing him to record Colombian marimba and harp with musicians in his home country and to record a string ensemble at the prestigious Los Angeles recording studio, The Village.
Cast & Crew
Daniel Jimenez Afanador
Lorena Hernández Leonard
Daniel Jimenez Afanador
Rachel Braga Jones
Director / Animator
Writer / Producer
Editor / Associate Producer
as Demi’s mother
as Demi’s father