Starbucks | Upstanders


Upstanders is an original series by Starbucks that tells the stories of ordinary people acting with immense courage and humanity to make their communities — and our country — better. The series was distributed on Amazon Prime, through Starbucks pay app, on the company’s sign-in to their store WiFi, and through partnership with Upworthy.

SideXSide produced two episodes for season 1 and five of the 11 episodes for the season 2.


The films received more than 80 million views across platforms.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz went on The Daily Show, CBS This Morning, and other television programs to promote the films.

SideXSide Studios Co-Founders were featured on Photo District News 


Executive Producer

Howard Schultz

Produced & Written By

Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Director & Director of Photography

Gabe Silverman

Script Writer & Coordinating Producer

Jamie Coughlin

Camera Operators

Jamie Coughlin, Lani Milton, Julia Reihs, Grant Slater, Joshua Trujillo

Edited by

Julia Reihs, Sara McKellogg Lane

Music Composed By

Jason Staczek, APM Music

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