Press and Speaking Engagements

Jan 25th, 2017
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Washington, DC

Leading a Culture Capital “State of the Union” discussion on the role of Women in the Media, in addition to screening her video art.

September 30, 2016
Roma Web Fest
Rome, Italy

Spoke for an international panel on new media, directed a workshop on creating web series, and presented an award. Interviewed by the Radio 108 Network, Academia Radio Televise Di Roma, Radio Godot, Youbee Italia Magazine, and 2 Qualunque Radio.

June, 2016
Awesome-Con
Washington, DC

Panelist for “Awesome Film Makers Making it Happen”

2016
DC Office of Cable Television, Film, and Entertainment
Washington, DC

Featured interview on “Reel Talk”, live-to-tape television interview and podcast.

2016
American University Washington, DC
Washington, DC

Professor of graduate and undergraduate students, specializing in the instruction of directing for film and media.

July, 2016
Picture Lock Radio
Arlington, VA

Radio interview and podcast for “Picture Lock Radio: Ep. 11 – Peter Sampson, Danielle Vega, & Otessa Ghadar”

March, 2016
Picture Lock
Arlington, VA

Live-to-tape television episode, podcast, and blog interview for the “Picture Lock: Ep. 41 – DC Web Fest 2016” podcast.

2015-Present
Rosebud Film Festival
Washington, DC

Judged over 100 submissions and helped select festival winners. Participated as an award presenter and speaker.

2015-Present
DC Shorts Film Festival
Washington, DC

Judged festival submissions. In 2016 will operate a web series workshop, and host open discussion as a panelist in addition to judging duties.

2014-Present
Skillshare

Online Skillshare class based on my textbook: “How to Create Your Own Web Series”

March, 2016
On Tap Magazine
Washington, DC

Feature and column for the DC Web Fest. Print and online magazine.

March, 2016
Quiet on the Set Magazine
Washington, DC

Interview and feature: “Otessa Ghadar: Queen of the Web Series.” Online magazine.

Spring, 2015
Bulletin, The Magazine of Choate Rosemary Hall
Wallingford, CT

The Wild West of Film selected and featured for alumni magazine’s “Bookshelf” column. Nationally distributed print magazine.

April, 2015
The Washington Post
Washington, DC

Featured the DC Web Fest in the “Going Out Guide.” Newspaper, print, and digital editions.

April, 2015
Tagg Magazine Washington, DC
Washington, DC

Interview and feature: “The Woman Behind DC Web Fest: Otessa Ghadar.” Print and online magazine.

April, 2015
American University
Washington, DC

Guest lectured for Capstone Graduate Film class.

March, 2015
Picture Lock
Washington, DC

Live-to-tape television episode, podcast, and blog interview for the “Picture Lock: Ep. 30- DMV Webseries Creators” podcast.

February, 2015
Experience Ambition
United Kingdom

Feature and interview podcast: “Moving away from traditional routes to market”

January 2015
San Jose Mercury News
San Jose, CA

Quotes and interview with me about the film “The Interview” and non-traditional distribution: “’The Interview’ elevates YouTube to top-tier streaming club”

August, 2014
DC Film Office MPTD Reel Talk
Washington, DC

Interviewed for podcast: Reel Talk.

April, 2014
Saudi Aramco
Washington, DC

Lectured to top executives at Saudi Aramco about taking control of your online representation: “Social Media and Online Representation for Corporate and Personal Use.”

March, 2014
Barnard Magazine
NYC, NY

Feature — “Salon” column as “DIY Innovator.” Nationally distributed print and online magazine.

January, 2014
Huffington Post

Full feature article and interview —  made it to the front page of Huffington Post: “Youth Unite: How Entrepreneur Otessa Marie Ghadar Created an International Community Through Cyber Streaming”

2014
The Washington Post
Washington, DC

Second Annual DC Web Fest featured in the “Going Out Guide Events Calendar.” Newspaper, print and online.

November, 2013
Curve Magazine

Featured Article — full feature article and interview, in nationally distributed print magazine: “Fresh Squeezed: Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden brings back 90s grunge.

October, 2013
Global Kids DC
Washington, DC

Textbook presentation: “The Wild West of Film.”

August, 2013
TIVA — Television, Internet & Video Association of DC
Washington, DC

Judge for 2013 TIVA Awards

July, 2013
She Magazine

Write-up in nationally distributed print magazine.

July, 2013
Curve Magazine

Write-up in nationally distributed print magazine.

April, 2013
27th Annual FilmFest DC
Washington, DC

Curated a New Media showcase and led panel discussion
Organized first ever showcase | Planned & hosted panel discussion |Covered by major media sources, including The Washington Post

April, 2013
1st Annual DC Web Fest
Washington, DC

Founder & Host.  Organized & executed the first ever Mid-Atlantic and Southern USA digital arts and web series showcase.

February, 2013
Presenter and Q&A leader at Artisphere
Arlington, VA

February, 2013
DC Mayor’s Office of Film: FilmDC Podcast
Washington, DC

Featured filmmaker for podcast. Broadcast interview: FilmDC Podcast & ReelTalk.

January, 2013
DCTV
Washington, DC

Featured filmmaker for broadcast  episode. Broadcast interview, live-to-tape “Diversity & Tolerance.”

January, 2013
The Washington Post
Washington, DC

Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden Season 7 Premier was featured as a part of a February events publication. Newspaper, print, and digital editions.

2013
The Washington Post
Washington, DC

First Annual DC Web Fest featured in the “Going Out Guide Events Calendar.” Newspaper, print, and digital editions.

September 28, 2012
George Mason University: GMU TV “Studio A”
Fairfax, VA

Featured filmmaker, for upcoming episode. Broadcast interview, live-to-tape: “Studio A.”

May, 2012
The Advocate

Feature in article: “Reasons to Have Pride in 2012.” Online magazine.

April 19, 2012
American University
Washington, DC

Master Class Speaker: “Future Trends in Filmmaking: the Web and Beyond”

February 14, 2012
Source Theater
Washington, DC

Lead Panelist: “How to Make a Film in Washington DC 101”

November 3, 2011
The Washington Post
Washington, DC

Full feature article about web series in DC — highlighting Anacostia and 20/20’s Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden. Newspaper, print, and digital editions.

September 27, 2011
Art Alliance – Guest Speaker
Baltimore, MD

“New Media/ Web Series as the Wild West of Filmmaking” Baltimore Screenwriters’ Coffee Club Guest Speaker. Discussion of the new media process, from script-to-screen, with particular focus on craft and story.

August 23, 2011
Interface Media
Washington, DC

“How to Produce a Web Series” Professional Roundtable Women in Film &Video + DC Film Alliance

November 8, 2010
Brightest Young Things
Washington, DC

Featured and interviewed in article and photoshoot: Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden. Online magazine.