Friday, September 19, 2014

9:00pm – 12:00am

Red Carpet & Opening Night Party with Interactive Demonstrations

Come celebrate the launch of the 2nd Annual DC Web & Digital Media Festival! You’ll be able to hobnob with some of our amazing summit speakers and to generally have a killer time. Some cool features:

  • Tapestry app booth
  • Prom Week gaming booth
  • Screening of Maid in America by visual artist Carolina Mayorga
  • U Street Chromatic (for Duke) interactive art display by Billy Friebele
  • Cash bar

Location: The Loft at 600 F 600 F St, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Closest Metro Station: Gallery Place Chinatown
Parking: Public parking garages near The Loft at 600 (via


Saturday, September 20, 2014

11:30am – 4:30pm

Summit & Awarded Screenings

While the inaugural festival focused solely on web series, this year, 20/20 Productions has expanded its agenda to include a summit, awarded screenings and digitally-interactive art exhibits. Topics covered will run the gamut of all forms of digital media, including robotics, gaming, web series, interactive media and more.

Location: Ward Circle Building, American University 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
Closest Metro Station: Tenleytown–AU


Summit (11:30am – 4:30pm)

These tickets are solely for the summit, which consists of two keynote speeches and three panels from industry thought leaders and innovators. The two keynote speakers are Gregg Deal, a performance artist, who is the creator of “The Last American Indian On Earth”; and Justine Aitel, who is the head of cyber risk at the Dow Jones. For a full list of panelists and speaker biographies, please see the SPEAKERS section.

Awarded Screenings (1:15pm – 4:30pm)

These tickets are solely for the awarded screenings where audience members will have the chance to enjoy watching award-winning web series. Awards will also be handed out to the web sereis and video game creators.

Room One: Ward 1 (Auditorium)

11:30 am

Opening Remarks
Pierre Bagley (Director, Office of Motion Picture and Television Development)

11:40 am

Otessa Ghadar

11:45 am

Art And Activism: Creating Meaning In The Digital Age
Gregg Deal

12:30 pm

How To Manage Your Identity & Brand Online: Connecting In The Digital Age
Katy Atlas, Philippa Hughes, Adam Slagowski
Moderator: Al Kalman (Director Digital Engagement Strategy, Interface Media Group)

1:30 pm

How To Tell A Story In The Digital Age: Multimedia Works & Their Effects
Ryan Holladay, Josh McCoy, Elaine McMillion Sheldon
Moderator: Marcus K. Dowling (Writer, Editor and Brand Management Specialist)

2:30 pm

How To Make A Viral Web Series On A Shoestring Budget: Film’s New Frontier
Anthony Anderson, Paul Awad, Otessa Ghadar, Kathryn O’Sullivan
Moderator: Otessa Ghadar

3:30 pm

Big Brother’s Watching: Shattered Privacy & Security In The Digital Age
Justine Aitel

4:15 pm

Awards Ceremony

Room Two: Ward 5

1:15 pm

Screening of Official Selections
See list of Official Selections

Featured Speakers

Big Brother’s Watching: Shattered Privacy & Security In The Digital Age

Justine Aitel, Head of Cyber Risk, Dow Jones New Zealand-born Justine is risk specialist with background in vulnerability research, IT management, and classical ballet. Since 2013 she has been employed by Dow Jones, where she heads Cyber Security and Special Projects. In this role Justine is responsible for global Information Security as she helps evolve the Dow Jones’ product lines, including Factiva and the Wall Street Journal. In previous roles Justine was CEO of Immunity, Inc, a consultant and researcher with Internet Security Systems (now IBM) X-Force, and New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau. She was also a professional dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company. Justine is based in New York City and Miami.

Art And Activism: Creating Meaning In The Digital Age

Gregg Deal, performance artist, creator of “The Last American Indian On Earth” Gregg Deal is a husband, a father, an artist and a member of the Paiute Tribe of Pyramid Lake. As a provocative contemporary artist/activist and 15 year resident of the DC metro area, much of Gregg’s work deals with indigenous identity and pop-culture, touching on issues of race relations, historical consideration and stereotype. This is especially true with Gregg’s latest performance piece, The Last American Indian On Earth, a work that exploits the stereotypes that exist in American culture while challenging the viewer’s considerations of the indigenous as both contemporary and relic. Within this work, as well as his paintings and mural work, Gregg advances issues within Indian country such as decolonization, the mascot issue (local and across the US) and appropriation all while using tools available through social media, film/video and beyond. Within the context of such heavy subject matter, Gregg speaks intelligently to these issues, brings a sharp wit, and is keenly aware of his place as an indigenous man and a contemporary artist.

Panels Discussions

How To Tell A Story In The Digital Age: Multimedia Works & Their Effects

Ryan Holladay, artist and New Media Curator at Artisphere Ryan Holladay is an artist and the new media curator at Artisphere where he has worked since it opened in 2010. He is one of three curators of ‘Fermata’, Artisphere’s Spring/Summer show and its first dedicated entirely to sound. Additionally, Ryan works as a sound artist and musician along with his brother and collaborator, Hays Holladay. Together, the two have amassed a body of work that includes sound installations, film scores, mobile apps and interactive concerts and events. Most recently, they’ve gained attention for their location-aware music projects, for which WIRED called them “pioneers”. They have worked with and spoken to a range of companies and institutions such as MTV, Olin and the MIT Media Lab. Ryan is a 2013 TED Fellow, a 2014 Aspen Ideas Scholar and recently served as artist-in-residence at Stanford University’s Experimental Media Art Department.
Josh McCoy, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, American University Dr. Josh McCoy is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at American University in the Game Lab where he works as a game developer, computer scientist and cross-disciplinary researcher whose focus is on the confluence of game technology, social science, artificial intelligence and design. His goal is to create playable experiences that communicate to broad audiences and critically address the challenges present in our society while expanding the boundaries of technology. The most recent products of his research involve combining artificial intelligence techniques with social science to create meaningful, responsive and socially engaging game experiences. He was a lead on the experimental video game Prom Week, a game that enables a new level of social interaction between characters via an artificial intelligence system that leverages social science to make social behavior playable. This work has been nominated for the Technical Excellence award in the Independent Games Festival and an IndieCade award. Additionally, his research has been used in a DARPA-funded project to enable trainees to engage socially responsive characters with full-bodied interaction for the purpose of teaching good stranger behavior to soldiers in foreign lands.
Elaine McMillion Sheldon, documentary filmmaker & visual journalist, creator of “Hollow” Elaine McMillion Sheldon is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and visual journalist. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wired UK, The Atlantic, LA Times, Huffington Post and PBS Mediashift. Sheldon’s feature-length and short films have screened nationally and internationally. Her most recent project, HOLLOW: an interactive documentary, examines the future of rural America through the eyes and voices of Appalachians. HOLLOW has received recognition from the Peabody Awards, World Press Photo, SXSW, International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam and is a 2014 Emmy nominee. In 2013, Filmmaker Magazine named Sheldon one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film. She works as a freelance filmmaker, editor, producer and media consultant.

How To Manage Your Identity & Brand Online: Connecting In The Digital Age

Katy Atlas, Founder, Sugarlaws Katy Atlas is the founder of, a food, fashion, and lifestyle website that showcases posts on Katy’s original recipes, easy, elegant style, beauty, and home decor. As an ex-Manhattanite living in Texas, a new mom to a three-month-old baby boy, and a lawyer, Katy’s blog covers everything from diapers to Dior. Katy is also the author of a three-book young adult series, titled Moving Neutral.
Philippa Hughes, Founder, The Pink Line Project Philippa Hughes created the Pink Line Project to inspire creative thinking in everyone, to build community and connectivity, and to open portals to art and culture for the culturally curious. Her vision for DC: to change the way people view DC, both residents and visitors. DC is more than just institutions and politics; it’s filled with amazing people doing amazingly creative things using art, technology, and good-old fashioned ingenuity. Philippa published a weekly subscriber-based email that highlights the best of DC’s creative scene. It’s about cool people doing cool things. Philippa writes about arts and culture in DC and speaks about the power of art and personal choice to transform your life. She established a reputation for creating inventive and collaborative environments in which people who would not normally have the opportunity to interact with each other gather to experience art and culture in alternative and stimulating ways. She has been a leader in the creative and temporary use of vacant, urban space throughout the city.
Adam Slagowski, VP, Government Solutions, Huge Adam Slagowski focuses on providing high-quality digital strategy, user experience and design that empower people to interact with some of the most recognized public and private sector organizations. He has successfully helped Huge DC grow and expand a client base that spans media, transportation, financial services, and government within the U.S. and internationally, and has led engagements for several key clients including the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Prior to joining Huge, Adam managed product delivery, sales and operations for several management consulting and technology companies. His list of clients included Capital One, Silicon Graphics, CareFirst, the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Adam has Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science, German and Liberal Arts from Utah State University and is a certified Project Management Professional.

How To Make A Viral Web Series On A Shoestring Budget: Film’s New Frontier

Anthony Anderson, creator of Anacostia Anthony Anderson was born and raised in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, DC, where he expressed his love for entertainment by performing in local talent shows. He ultimately developed a love for acting and writing and not too long after graduating from high school, started his own production company, Southeast Boy Productions. He wrote and produced his first feature film project entitled The Ties That Bind shortly after establishing his production company and the first season of ANACOSTIA quickly followed. Anthony Anderson is the writer, executive producer and lead character in the popular web series, ANACOSTIA. Called “wildly addictive” by, ANACOSTIA is a 10 episode dramatic web series that follows the lives of the residents of Anacostia, a small residential community in Washington DC, as they navigate through love, betrayal, deception, sex and murder. Since its debut in 2009, ANACOSTIA has developed a loyal fan following—the show has been downloaded in more than 96 Countries, and has won several industry awards including Indie Series Awards for which ANACOSTIA has been nominated for more Indie Series Awards (25 Nominations and 6 wins) than any other series. Anthony Anderson also holds the record for the most individual Indie Series Award nominations (16 nominations, 3 wins). ANACOSTIA has attracted veteran stars such as two-time Emmy Award winner Martha Byrne formerly of the daytime drama As The World Turns. In September 2011, Anthony Anderson was awarded the African American Filmmaker of The Year by the Historical Black Press, an honor shared with Tyler Perry.
Paul Awad, Co-Executive Producer, Thurston Paul Awad is the Co-Executive Producer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor of the Western Web series THURSTON. His directing and cinematography work on THURSTON has received nominations and/or awards from the International Academy of Web Television, the Telly Awards, and the Indie Series Awards. Paul worked in commercials before turning his focus to narrative projects. His short films “A Ghastly Tale” (3D), “Dracula’s Mother,” “Lot Lizards,” and “Sweet Dreams” have won awards at festivals across the country. His thriller/horror feature “The Fugue” screened at festivals and is currently available on Neflix and Amazon. He has also directed at the American Globe Theatre (Off-Off Broadway), the Page-to-Stage Festival at The Kennedy Center, The Source Theatre, and The Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts, a Master’s in Film Production and is on the digital filmmaking and video production faculty of The Art Institute of Washington.
Otessa Ghadar, creator of Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden, author of The Wild West of Film As one of the web series medium’s earliest adopters, Otessa Ghadar started “Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden” as her MFA thesis at Columbia University’s film school. Now in its 7th season, OJBG is the longest continually running show online. The show has an international following in 145+ countries and has been recognized by industry heavy hitters, such as the Telly Awards, the Webby Awards, LA Web Fest, among others. Otessa is also the founder and president of 20/20 Productions, the digital media firm behind the 2nd Annual DC Web & Digital Media Festival. Additionally, she wrote and published the industry’s first textbook last year, titled The Wild West of Film. Using material published in the book, Otessa currently lectures to top-tier corporations and academic institutions on the state of communication and creation in the digital age.
Kathryn O’Sullivan, Co-Executive Producer, Thurston Kathryn O’Sullivan is the Co-Executive Producer/Creator/Writer/Costume Designer of the Western Web series THURSTON for which she has received numerous nominations and awards for her work. She is also a novelist, playwright, and professor at Northern Virginia Community College. Her debut novel FOAL PLAY (St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur) won the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition and is the first in the Colleen McCabe series. Other books in the series include MURDER ON THE HOOF and NEIGHING WITH FIRE (2015). Her play MOVING DAY was recently published in “The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2014” (Smith & Kraus) and “Plays of the Dramathon: New Short Plays from DC Playwrights” (The Theatre Lab, 2014). She is a member of the International Academy of Web Television, The Dramatists Guild, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. ,