Art Squat Staff Writers

Johnny Otto is an award-winning Filmmaker, Artist and Animator living and working in the Los Angeles area since 1990. He grew up in a small town in Ontario, Canada, where he went to Film School and eventually taught the film lab. His awards are from Klasky-Csupo and Animation Magazine. He optioned his first screenplay to Joel Silver when he was 26.

After moving to Los Angeles, he optioned his first script to Joel Silver and began his journey as a Writer. He went on to write and direct two feature films, many shorts and music videos. He also produces several animated series including "Zombies, Whatever", Sean the Worm" and "Family Time Travel". Johnny has also written for LEFT BANK MAGAZINE an arts publication based out of Brooklyn where he interviewed Artists such as BLIKE ME, PETER MARS, WRDSMTH and many others.


Svetlana Talabolina / Amber Christianson / Will Carsola / Bill Barminski / Charlotte Rose / Anna Carey / Matthew Wood / Christy Dyer / Camille Waldorf / Mia Orozco / Contaminator / Cotton Candy / Duel Diagnosis / Blek le Rat / Plastic Jesus / WRDSMTH / Meg Zany / Ishika Guha / Stephanie Cate / Billy Morrison / Laura Mullally / Julien Voss-Andreae / Phoebe Clemens / Mr.Morgellons / Annina Roescheisen / Deborah Lynn Irmas / Randy Focazio /

Julia Annabel Siedenburg, located in Los Angeles, is a writer, director and producer and overall lover of anything that you can call art. She was born and raised in a small town near Bremen, Germany. At a young age, movies were more than entertainment for her, she wondered and researched how they were produced, made, and who worked on them behind the scenes. Blooper reels and Making-of’s were a must.

So far, she had the opportunity to intern and work for companies such as Bold Films (Nightcrawler, Whipsplash) and the DeLaurentiis Company (Blue Velvet, Hannibal) at Universal Studios. She also PA’d on various projects, the most well known being the transformers Spin-off Bumblebee. On the side, she shoots and writes her own projects and is finishing up her Masters Degree at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Her short film ‘Sam’ was selected for several film festivals this year and her psychological thriller “Hide and Seek” as well as her artist documentary “B Like Me” will hit the festival circuit the end of this year and throughout 2021.


Chris Ram / Ant Carver / Demonbabies / Eryn Brydon / Jessica Gabriella Jerskey / Jessica Sosa / Mamie Young / Mathew Laurence / Rawraffe / Shane Coffey, a.k.a CITIZNSHANE / Suitcase Joe / Zamiel Casul / Raul / Desert X / Tona / Ador / Alice Mizrachi / Anneli Brown / Carão / Sherry Cagan / Vanessa Rosa / Zack Stauffer / Juuri / 2 Live & Die in L.A. / Degrees of Separation / Autofuix / Brad Antifolk / Gideon / Hera Herakut / Matteo Meloni / Mr Cenz / Ralph Lazar / RugLif3 / Scott C / Snakebitartstudio / The Other Art Fair /

Laura Siebold is a writer, travel expert, and amateur photographer who lives in Los Angeles. Born in a small village close to Cologne, Germany, Laura craved to experience the vibrancy and diversity of city life at a young age. In her youth, she consumed countless novels, often deep into the night, switching the light back on after her parents had gone to bed. Writing her own stories, and poems, she found a creative outlet for her thoughts and ideas. From age 7, inspired by her grandfather’s unwavering interest in technology and her dad’s interest in photography and architecture, Laura started experimenting with different cameras, documenting family trips throughout Europe.


Desert X / Christopher Petro / Daniel Morris / Gesa Neitzel / Jen Brennan / Leena Henningsen / Mike “the Poet” Sonksen / Morley / Raoul Döring / Sara & Rich Combs / Wael Elhalaby “Wael Violin” / 2 Live & Die in L.A. / Degrees of Separation / Gio Bertuccelli / Alexandra Carter / Vickie Chiang / Timothy Dévlin / Rachael Dobos / Naomi Haverland / Klaus Kersten / Alexandra Nechita / Nerone / RUN / Justine Serebrin / Kamilla Tolnø / The Other Art Fair / Cody The Creative / Ernie Steine / Gregg Chadwick / Jorge Algraves / Kevin Komadina / Lisa Paskel-Rees / Mark Ben Harris / Marta Solaz / Michael Hsiung / Stephanie Day-McGann / Taylor Smith / Vasundhara Singh / VWade King /

Jessica Gabriella Jerskey is a chief administrator at Malicious Designs by day, and painter by night. She has lived in Los Angeles for over 10 years. She was born in Wimbledon and raised in Saudi Arabia. Growing up in the Middle East resulted in traveling all over the world, which provided Jessica the unique opportunity to see the creative world from many different perspectival lenses. She began painting at a young age and is still at it to this day. Her work has been featured in several commercials, TV shows (The L Word), and on the walls of established members of the creative industry. Like art and music, she has always been in love with the world of cinema. She briefly tried her hand in the Art Department for commercials and film. While that was educational and stimulating for her, she decided that she would prefer to be more involved in the creative decision making process. Her extensive knowledge of film, and the inspirations behind the paths which directors choose to take, has allowed her to appreciate cinema on a whole different level.


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