FEB 27 at 10am PST
Is Love Different on the Web?
Creators Watch Broadcast
with guests including
JO BOZARTH has worked on both film and new media projects as a writer, director, producer,and (first and foremost) an actress. For her role as Eros in the web series “The Further Adventures of Cupid and Eros”, she was awarded Indie Intertube’s Best Actress in a Comedy in 2012. Jo currently lives in Los Angeles, and continues to pursue her acting career.
DARREN CHADWICK is Creator of The Bloody Mary Show. The Bloody Mary Show is an ongoing webseries, the first season of which is presented in seven instalments. It tells of Bloody Mary (who is actually extremely nice) and how she spends her downtime with her friends Abdabs, Malevolent and Viscera.
There are no vampires, werewolves or zombies in the show – Sorry.
The show is littered with loving references to British horror and folklore. We adore the genre and are very loyal. We’ve taken an American concept (in this case the Bloody Mary legend) and anglicised it.
How did the show come about? – It started with sleep paralysis. A terrifying condition where your body is rigid but your higher brain functions still work. The experience is often accompanied with horrific hallucinations. This happened to the writer, who decided to give a personality to the hallucination in order to (in)humanise it so if it happned again, it wouldn’t be so terrifying. It led to a short screenplay called Winifred whose job is to scare those with the condition before it becomes life threatening. The script was too ambitious for a short and over eighteen months it was rewritten and rewritten, Winfred evolving into Viscera along the way. Other characters were added and the focus was changed to Bloody Mary, a character unfamiliar to a lot of British people. We’d love the series to go global. If you’re interested, contact us!….
OTESSA GHADAR, a Washington DC native, is an independent film maker and web series creator on the rise. Since 2007, Otessa has been an acclaimed pioneer of the of the web series format. She is the creative force behind “Orange Juice in Bishops Garden (OJBG),” a story of teens growing up, getting down, and coming out in DC during the ’90s. The show started as Otessa’s MFA Thesis at Columbia University’s Film School and has since gone viral.
Now in its sixth season, OJBG is one of the oldest and longest running web series online and is rising in popularity in more than 140 countries around the world. The DC Gov Office of Film named Otessa as a recent Filmmaker of the Month and her show, OJBG, is a Telly Award Winner, 3 time LA Web Fest Winner, and Webby Official Honoree… (plus a few other noms & upcoming selections, but let’s not get crazy here!) Always on the look out for fostering the ITV medium, Otessa also consults, distributes, and assists other shows whenever possible.
Otessa’s work has sparked somewhat of a movement among her followers. Presenting an honest & diverse portrayal of teen life during adolescence and giving a voice to the local LGBT community, Otessa and her show seek to empower and connect young adults around the world. OJBG is provoking and free thinking; it embodies the rebelliousness of the ’90s grunge era while tackling social issues that surround youth across the world, such as sexuality, bullying, peer pressure, and intolerance. In Orange Juice in Bishops Garden, nothing is taboo, nothing too personal, or too intimate.
Specialties: Writing relationship stories is a passion of mine, so anything I write is sure to have characters you’ll remember, whether you love or hate them. And, of course, I love producing and am very experienced in getting a lot done with very little. That said, I can’t wait until I have a budget big enough where I can put down a few of these hats. Whew!