Who We Are
Otessa Marie Ghadar
FoundeR & DIRECTOR
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.
Social Media & 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.
Event Team ORGANIZER
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.
Festival staff & Graphic Designer
Cam Williams is a student at the Field School, and a DC native. He's
a freelance photographer and graphic designer who runs the company CamGW Studios where he designs logos/graphics and photographs events. He aspires to use his skills in art and business to create new companies and flourish in the business world.
SOCIAL MEDIA & 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 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.
Bruna is graduating this May from the School of Communications at American University with a major in Film and Media, she began producing her own work at age 10 in Rio de Janeiro where she was born and raised until she moved to Dubai in 2007.
With a semester abroad in Europe's #1 film school (FAMU) Bruna directed a short film shot on 16mm and a short documentary about a holocaust survivor's experience in a concentration camp. Bruna continues to focus her work on human rights but enjoys all forms of media and storytelling.
She is excited to be participating in the Web Festival and being able to collaborate with her Directing Professor Otessa Ghadar.
SOCIAL MEDIA & EVENT PLANNING ASSISTANT
Erica is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Georgetown University majoring in Political Economy. With her specialization in Digital Marketing and Erica is assisting with all of our social media platforms. She is also assisting with event coordination and promotion.
Jaclyn Merica is a senior studying Film & Media Arts and Sexuality Studies at American University. She has created media content for organizations like NBC, Points North Institute, The Maine Museum of Modern Art, Casa Ruby, The Humane Society, The Molasky Group and many more. Jaclyn is the Editor-In-Chief of a magazine on campus focusing on social justice and art. She hopes to specialize in fine art photography and documentary films after graduation, as well as advocacy campaigns in the DMV area.
Rachel is graduating in the spring of 2017 from the School of Communications at American University with a major in Film and Media and a minor in Graphic Design. After graduating high school in Syracuse, New York in 2012, she moved to Silver Spring, Maryland where she attended Montgomery College and graduated with an AAS in Television Production. She was an intern at MCTV for 2 years where was awarded Student Employee of the Year in 2014.
Rachel was influenced by her father who is an enthusiastic recreational photographer and who has taken her through most of her travels through 16 countries and over 25 of the 50 states. For her photo portfolio of her travels abroad, Rachel was awarded a National Scholastic’s Silver Key and an honorable mention her senior year of high school. Two years later, she studied Polish language and art history on scholarship in the summer of 2014 in Krakow, Poland. She is now excited and motivated to graduate and begin to work in hardworking teams just like our awesome Web Festival crew.