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Otessa Ghadar '04 is Official Drama Honoree of Webby Awards

In a message from 20/20 Productions on April 10, 2012:

Our web series, created by Columbia University Alumna Otessa Ghadar, has just been selected as an Official Drama Honoree in the Online Film and Video category of the 16th Annual Webby Awards--one of the most prestigious awards in New Media. We're very excited about this excellent news and thought that Barnard might be interested in featuring this story in an upcoming publication.

Columbia University MFA Film Alumna (Class of 2009) Otessa Ghadar began the web series, "Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden," as her thesis while a Graduate Film student at Columbia University. The series is about teenagers growing up in Washington, D.C. in the 90s and chronicles the lives of this particular group of teenagers every summer throughout high school and into college. The series explore various coming-of-age teenage themes including friendships, relationships, sexuality, and identity. Ghadar drew a great deal of inspiration from her own teenage years spent in Washington, D.C. as the show features authentic teenage "hot spots" throughout the District recognizable by actual D.C. natives of the 90s. "Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden" was also a Bronze Winner in the 32nd Telly Awards, a winner in the 2011 and 2012 LA Web Series Festival Awards, and has just finished its 5th season.

Otessa Ghadar is also the founder of 20/20 Productions, an up-and-coming production and distribution company in Washington, D.C. focused on new media and web-based content.

For more information about the web series, feel free to visit OJinBG.com and for more information about Ghadar's company, visit twentytwentyproductions.com.  Follow on Twitter (@OJBishopsGarden) and Facebook (facebook.com/OJBishopsGarden)