Who We Are
Otessa Marie Ghadar
FoundeR & DIRECTOR
Otessa Marie Ghadar is a digital storyteller who uses writing, filmmaking, photography, and technology to share her narratives and build communities. As one of the web series medium’s earliest adopters, Otessa is a true forerunner of digital media. Starting in 2006, Otessa’s web series "Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden" is now the longest continually running show online, with an international audience in over 145 countries.
Otessa founded the DC Web Fest (one of the first of its kind & now in its 6th year) out of the need for digital content creators to showcase their works, inspiring creativity and innovation.
As an Adjunct Professor at A.U., and through additional guest lecturing, Otessa uses her passions to guide the next generation of digital storytellers. Stemming from her knowledge and expertise, she published the world’s first new media textbook called "The Wild West of Film."
In addition to speaking, she also enjoys exhibiting her work, having shown work as part of FotoWeek DC, Transformer Gallery, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, amongst others.
A newly initiated Google Next Generation Policy leader, Otessa works diligently to increase technology awareness and innovation among minority and marginalized communities
She resides in Washington DC, and is currently working on her next trans-media project -- the Young Adult Science Fiction series, "Lemma."
She Completed her Graduate Film Studies at Columbia University's film school in NYC.
SOCIAL MEDIA, Event Coordinator, & Photographer
Diana is a third-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.
Analyst & Web Developer
Romeo has worked for the DC Web Fest since 2014 as event support, designer, and VR coordinator, just to name a few of his various roles. When he's not collecting social analytics or maintaining our web site, he enjoys playing music and enjoying everything DC has to offer. A DC native and student at The University of Utah, he has a strong interests in film, technology and supporting the future of new media.