Talent Guide

Jamie Coughlin

  • Discipline:Director
  • Program Year:CNN Docuseries Intensive 2020


Jamie Coughlin | Producer, Director: Jamie Coughlin is an Emmy-nominated journalist, writer and producer. Untitled Stasi is her directorial debut. Coughlin wrote and produced her first feature doc, TransMilitary, which premiered at SXSW 2018, where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary, is streaming on Amazon Prime, and aired on Logo TV. Her New York Times Op-Docs short precursor, Transgender, at War and in Love, was nominated for a New and Documentary Emmy and helped to change federal policy under the Obama administration. Coughlin was named to the 10 Filmmakers to Watch list by The Independent in 2018. Her work has been supported by the International Documentary Association, Catapult Film Fund, Miller/Packan Film Fund, GLAAD Media Institute, and the Frameline Completion Fund. Coughlin is the recipient of a GLAAD Media Award, White House News Photographers Award for Best Documentary, was nominated for an Emmy, and is an IFP Documentary Lab Fellow and a RIAS fellow. Coughlin and her husband, Gabriel Silverman left their newsroom jobs in 2015 to start their production company, SideXSide Studios. SXS employs an all-female team besides Silverman, and is dedicated to promoting equality in production.

Current Project

Untitled Stasi


Before Big Data, there was the Stasi -- East Germany’s secret police that gathered and weaponized the personal information of its citizens to maintain control of the ruling communist party. In Untitled Stasi, a former prisoner of the Stasi goes on a quest for the truth after he finds out his brother informed on the family, and in the process discovers the lasting traumas of living in a surveillance state.