Ouida Washington, Founder, Co-Executive Director
Ouida Washington is Co-founder and Executive Producer of Washington Koen Media, a video production and media company focused on creating high-impact media that promote socially responsible messages. Ouida is a graduate of Pratt Institute, and has enjoyed a diverse career as a film and video producer. She worked several years as an accomplished Music Video Producer, producing award winning videos for such top recording artists as Brandy, Biggie, R. Kelly, Jodeci, D'Angelo and others. Ouida has provided producing services to several feature films, Francesca Page (selection for Sundance Film Festival), A Woman Like That (winner at Urban World Film Festival), Love Poem-Un Easy, and Ghetto Fabulous. She has produced short works including commercials, corporate videos, documentaries and narratives. Ouida's distinct background includes Associate Producer of the documentary components at the National Civil Rights Museum, and Director of the CAS Intel Computer Clubhouse, a creative technology program for children 11-19yrs., where she became a member of the Advisory Board of the American Museum of Natural History's After- School Technology Instructors Guide. Ouida’s work under the Washington Koen Media banner has produced many short form documentary projects, including the internally produced “Beyond the Bricks”, which has since become a media and international community engagement Initiative focused on addressing the needs of school-age Black males in the public education system. The project is now a not for profit entity, in which holds a BFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute. She worked several years as an accomplished Music Video Producer, producing award winning videos for such top recording artists as Brandy, Biggie, R. Kelly, Jodeci, D'Angelo and others. Ouida has provided producing services to several feature films, 'Francesca Page' (selection for Sundance Film Festival), "A Woman Like That" (winner at Urban World Film Festival), "Love Poem-Un Easy", and "Ghetto Fabulous". She has produced short works including commercials, corporate videos, documentaries and narratives. Ouida's distinct background includes Associate Producer of the documentary components at the National Civil Rights Museum, Producer of high profile fundraiser for AAIA (African Americans in Advertising), and Director of the Intel Computer Clubhouse, a creative technology program for children 11-19yrs. She was a member of the Advisory Board of the American Museum of Natural History's After- School Technology Instructors Guide.
Derek Koen, Founder, Co-Executive Director
Derek Koen began his career under the direction of famed documentarian Saint Clair Bourne on the documentary chronicling the life of the professor and scholar Dr. Yosef A.A. Bjen-Jochannan, affectionately known as "Dr. Ben". As Production Coordinator for the Harlem-based film company Roja Productions, Koen worked on the PBS series "Matters of Race", award-winning documentary "Citizen King", and "Bones of Our Ancestry". Then fed up with the senseless violence that plagued his Newark neighborhood, Koen wrote, produced and directed "When Does it Stop" , a visually poetic portrait of a parent’s pain when losing a child to the never-ending cycle of street violence. "When Does it Stop" was screened at several film festivals and has been screened by public school children in New York and New Jersey. After producing and directing his next film the feature "Ghetto Fabulous", Koen was haunted by his participation in furthering negative images of Black people living the urban experience Koen decided to only do stories that would move people forward. “ More than 41 Shots”, a film that brought attention to the pattern of unarmed Black men being shot and killed by Police officers was winner of the 2005 Independent Feature Project and Current TV film competition. And in 2006 Koen joined partner and co-founder Ouida Washington to form Washington Koen Media. Washington Koen Media is a full service video production and media company focused on creating high impact media that boast socially responsible messages. Together they have created films for such clients as the US Department of Justice, The Ford Foundation, Pearson Digital, The Advancement Project and the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, to name a few. Derek is Director of the Beyond the Bricks film and Co-Executive Director of the Beyond the Bricks Project.
Dana E. Salter, Program Manager
Dana holds a Masters in Education and is a doctoral candidate at McGill University;her dissertation focuses on so-called "at-risk" students and their use of technology (e.g. video games, social networking sites, digital media productions) within and outside of school. Salter has been a literacy and writing teacher and educator for over 12 years, and has taught middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate classes within and outside of the United States (Canada, South Korea, Turkey). Additionally, she has worked extensively with community organizations to assist them in using new media in their programming, online presence and outreach. Most recently she was project manager for the Montreal-based Alfie Roberts Institute's first ever multi-media website project.
In her out-of-school and work life Salter sings in a band and is an avid video gamer.
Dana can be reached at D.firstname.lastname@example.org