Hilton Thrive Sabbatical Films




If you had an entire month to give a dream or live a dream, what would you do? Where would you go?

Over the first two seasons, SideXSide Studios captured the stories of 18 Hilton Team Members who lived this incredible opportunity. Along the way, we met Team Members making education more accessible, cleaning up the ocean, providing women with career training, and living out life-long dreams. Our team produced videos in 16 countries, personally filming in 11, and remotely directed Team Members to document their experiences with Hilton-provided GoPros.

SideXSide Studios provided all production services, including pre- and post-production. We collaborated with NGO’s and organizations across the globe to ensure filming access, secured film permits and visas, and sourced and worked with local fixers to support production.

If you want to feel inspired, click over the videos tab and enjoy!

Additional Videos



Gabe Silverman

Executive Producer

Jamie Coughlin

Director of Photography

Kathryn Carlson

Second Camera & Still Photography

Eric Kruszewski, Gabe Silverman, Dominic Bracco


Deanna Del Ciello


Kathryn Carlson, Nick Lunn, Aiden Korotkin

Assistant Editor

Liza Slutskaya, Joseph Mendolia, Sadie Zuch, Meredith Donnelly, Deanna Del Ciello