SideXSide Studios roots grew out of America’s top newsrooms. Founded and staffed by journalists, SideXSide creates original & commissioned documentary content that uplifts and inspires, that shines a light into dark corners and that helps explain the most important issues of our time. Our work has even helped change federal policy.
Our films have played at top festivals across the globe. Last year, our first feature documentary TransMilitary won 14 awards, including the Audience Award at its SXSW premiere. Co-founders Jamie Coughlin and Gabriel Silverman were named to The Independent’s 10 Filmmakers to Watch list for 2018.
SideXSide’s work has been commissioned by Hilton, Starbucks, P&G, and The New York Times. It has screened on Logo TV and Amazon Prime. We’ve been nominated for two Emmy Awards and a Humanitas Award, won a GLAAD Award and a SIMA Award, and have won many other awards for filmmaking, journalism, and social impact in our industry.
In 2019 thus far, we’ve produced 28 short films shot in 19 countries on six continents. And, we’re developing several original projects.
SideXSide Studios is woman-led, and committed to promoting gender equality in film and media.
Gabe began his career as a journalist at The Washington Post, winning more than a dozen awards for his reporting, including an Edward R. Murrow Award for his investigative work, a White House News Photographers Award for Best Documentary, & two Emmy nominations. Gabe’s directorial feature debut, TransMilitary, premiered at SXSW 2018 where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary and received critical acclaim. He was named to the 10 Filmmakers to Watch list by The Independent. Gabe is an IFP Documentary Lab Fellow, and a RIAS Fellow. His work has been supported by the International Documentary Association, The Rogovy Foundation, GLAAD Media Institute, Frameline Completion Fund, and many others.
Jamie is the recipient of a White House News Photographers Award for Best Documentary, an Emmy nominee, and is an IFP Documentary Lab Fellow and a RIAS fellow. TransMilitary, Jamie’s feature debut which she produced and wrote, premiered at SXSW 2018, where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary and received critical acclaim. She was named to the 10 Filmmakers to Watch list by The Independent. Her work has been supported by the International Documentary Association, The Rogovy Foundation, GLAAD Media Institute, Frameline Completion Fund, and many others. Prior to starting SXS with Gabe in 2015, Jamie worked for USA Today Sports, where she managed the editorial and branded video content.
Kathryn is an award-winning documentary cinematographer and editor. She has traveled to 5 different continents for SXS for original film and short commercial documentaries. Kathryn came to SXS from National Geographic Magazine, where she created short docs. Her work has been honored by the Online Journalism Awards, ASME, Webbys, and the White House New Photographers Association. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. Kathryn is also a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee.
Deanna is an award-winning producer and journalist coming off a festival run with her first festival short, the acclaimed Queens in Training . At SXS, Deanna develops stories both for clients and for SXS original productions. She writes scripts, manages projects, and keeps everyone from SXS team members to clients on task. Previously, she produced videos for Education Week.
Liza’s work has always focused on social and environmental justice storytelling, first as an anthropological researcher and now as a documentarian. As a fellow and then coordinator of the Southern Exposure Film Fellowship, Liza produced films used to educate on critical environmental policy issues. At SXS, Liza works as an assistant editor, combing through hours of footage to find those critical moments that bring a visual story life.
Sadie’s background in international relations and sociology informs her work as a documentarian to create stories that advance social change. She has traveled to Turkey, Kenya, and Belgium to research urban conflict, global health, and girls education. Sadie completed her first documentary short as a producer for ONE FALL, currently on the festival circuit. At SXS, Sadie works as a production assistant supporting ongoing projects.