Who We Are

 

Otessa Marie Ghadar

Founder

Photo By Joe Carabeo

Photo By Joe Carabeo

Through insight gained from both Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden and 20/20 Productions, Otessa Ghadar recently wrote and published the digital media industry’s first textbook, The Wild West of Film. This DIY-guide for creative professionals teaches novices and experts alike how to create, market and manage in the digital age.

As one of the web series medium’s earliest adopters, Otessa Ghadar is a true forerunner of digital media. OJBG started as her MFA thesis at Columbia University’s film school and is now the longest continually running show online. With an international audience in over 145 countries, OJBG has been recognized not only by a loyal global following, but also by industry heavy hitters. OJBG is a six-time Telly Awards Winner, a four-time LA Web Fest Winner, a three-time Webby Awards Official Honoree, among others.

Otessa is also the founder and president of DC-based digital media company 20/20 Productions. With its content, the company has become the destination for non-geoblocked, globally available programming. The company is currently planning its 5th Annual DC Web and Digital Media Festival (DC Web Fest). This year’s festival has broadened its scope to include all forms of digital storytelling and technology, from gaming, to AI, to online publishing and more. A summit, gathering thought leaders, innovators and experts to discuss the industry’s future landscape, has been added, as well.

 

Christina Hammond

Social Media Manager | Event Coordinator

Christina (A.A.S Fashion Merchandising | B.B.A Marketing) began working with the DC Web Fest in 2015 as a Social Media Coordinator. With her knowledge of event operations, combined with her expertise in media relations, customer service and leadership, these qualities contribute to her flourishing career in event production and management. Christina is currently a student at the George Washington University School of Business to complete her certification in Event Management.

 

Romeo Cabarga

Event Team Member

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Romeo has been working with the DC Web Fest off and on for several years. He is a DC native and student. He has strong interests in film, technology and the future of new media. 

 

Cam Williams

Festival Intern and Even Photographer

Cam Williams is a student at the Field School, and a DC native. He's
also a freelance photographer who runs the company CamGW Photography
where he shoots for parties, events, and musical gigs, but otherwise
he works as a graphic designer and photo editor.

 

Diana Eaton

Event Coordinator

Diana is a second-year MFA candidate in the Film & Electronic Media program at American University. Diana aspires to thrive as an independent filmmaker, using her creativity, deep thoughts, personal experiences, and encounters to create powerful stories that audiences can relate to and benefit from. She also seeks to produce documentaries that will address societal issues and amplify the voices of the unheard, overlooked, and ignored. 

 

Jack Cantor

Festival Intern & Event Photographer

Jack got his first DSLR when he was 11 years old. It hasn't left his side since. He is currently a sophomore at the Field School in Washington, DC.