Spotlight On Indie Author Otessa Ghadar
A DC native, Otessa has fond memories of its grunge-era. Her teen years were spent serenaded by Morrissey, with much singing into her hairbrush and creating new and marvelous mischief with her best friend. She remembers mix-tapes and Sassy magazines… missing the last Metro, and getting stuck miles from payphones. Her youth was full of teen magic. …and she remembers it as though in Super 8: warm and soft… and potentially set to Donovan music. These are the things she tries to express in her writing and filmmaking.
And now for the more "professional stuff":
Otessa Ghadar is the creator and director of web series "Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden," which follows the lives of D.C. teens growing up and getting down in the 1990's. Ghadar completed her Graduate Film studies, at Columbia University’s Film school in NYC. "Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden" started as her MFA Thesis, and grew from there.
Returning to her D.C. roots, the series is an example of "writing what you know." It is inspired by memories of Ghadar’s own teenage years in D.C. — part recollection, part urban legend, and part pure fiction. Ghadar continued "Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden" in 2008 to focus on the other side of our nation's capital: the culture, the fashion and the indie lore.
Currently in its sixth season, the series has been named an Official Honoree of the 2012 Webby Awards, and has won a 2011 Telly Award, one 2012 LA Web Fest award, two 2011 LA Web Series Festival Awards (for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama Series), and received a 2010 Indie Intertube Ensemble Drama Award nomination, in addition to a nomination for "Outstanding Ensemble" in the 2nd annual Indie Soap awards.
The story has also received media buzz and a cult following for its positive representation of LGBT youth.
Here are my books
|Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden: Summer of 1994|
You know that summer, right… the summer where EVERYTHING changed? Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden (OJBG) is that summer. And Bishop's Garden is the place where it all happens. It's the summer of '94 and naive and rebellious teens are engaging in all kinds of underage tomfoolery. Think grunge, Doc Martens, raves, the invincibility of youth, and epic first loves.
This book details the lives of a group of teenagers navigating high school and growing up in DC during the 1990’s. It's all about teen magic-- creating new and marvelous mischief with best friends, listening to mix-tapes and reading Sassy magazines, missing the last Metro, and getting stuck miles from payphones. Accompany the young heroine, Sarah, as she gets herself into idle summer misbehaving, love triangle betrayals, and friendship fallouts. This is a story about what her life is like before school's truly over and she knows it's all going to change for good. It's about the friends she'll never forget, those first mistakes, and her childish dreams not yet polluted by reality. She and her friends will engage in typical teen idolatry of hot musicians and renegades. They'll set each other up and tear each other down. They'll crash house parties and realize that sometimes in life, there are no 'do-overs.' They'll steal cars, candies, and hearts. They'll make you wish you were a teen again.
This book contains the full collection of scripts from season one of the oldest and longest running teen web series, "Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden." And it's the prequel to the epic romance between two teen girls that has become known as "The Sarah & Gwen Experience." The love story develops in season 2 and spans to season 6. It's part recollection, part urban legend, and part pure fiction, and completely inspired by the author's memories of growing up in DC and the enchantment of her youth. The author, Otessa Ghadar, captures teen life as it is lived--dramatic, filled with self-discovery, and the pain of growing up. Together, as a whole, the stories and the characters ring true. Read the book and you'll realize you've either been-- or known-- one of these characters before.
Venture into Bishop's Garden and remember what it feels like to have your whole life ahead of you! Best part is, when you're done reading, you can meet the characters by watching the webseries adaptation online (www.ojinbg.com).
|Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden: Summer of 1995|
It's the summer of 1995 and the heart of teenage experience lies with Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden. It's the upheaval of summer where gossip and rumors abound, friendships will be tested, and teenage raucousness will rage on. Most importantly, this is the summer of where an unexpected romance between two teen girls, Sarah and Gwen, begins to blossom.
These are their days of youth, full of honest beginnings, where everything in life is insatiably tried for the first time. They will delight in new experiences, not thinking of consequences or that certain episodes of their lives will be irreparable, unchangeable. "Do you like me? Yes or no." Love will at times seem simple, other times, awkward, full of anxiety, complicated beyond comprehension. But it is unimaginable to them that time could do anything to diminish the intensity of their feelings.
All the teens will have their unique drama--whether with failed exemplary parents, clumsy self-discovery, or glorious heartbreak--and they will cling to their friendships to get through it all. They'll find relief by going to raves, secrecy, and rebellion. Careless and carefree, they are timeless teenage renegades on the search for meaning and identity.
This book contains the full collection of scripts from Season 2 of the oldest and longest running teen web series, "Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden." This is the book where the epic "Sarah & Gwen" love story develops and spans throughout 4 more books. It is this romance that sparked a following for the web series and its creator, Otessa Ghadar. The story is part recollection, part urban legend, and part pure fiction-- but completely inspired by the author's memories of growing up in Washington, D.C. and the enchantment of her youth.
Venture into Bishop's Garden and remember what it feels like to have your whole life ahead of you! Best part is, when you're done reading, you can live the romance by watching the web series adaptation online (www.ojinbg.com).
They said she well. She was not well... Based on the true events of a mentally unwell woman who finds her way into the lion’s den at the National Zoo, this is a short story exploring the final and faint internal moments of a woman's life.
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