In the face of America’s increasingly powerful corporate class, young Starbucks employees have set in motion a unionization campaign that has swept the nation. This underdog story follows the queer and trans workers behind the union as they navigate victories and defeats, and in the process, breathe life into the labor movement.
The title of the film comes from a chair that is set aside in every Starbucks board meeting to "represent" all the retail workers at the company. The chair is left empty and when workers ask for an actual seat at the table, they are denied. Starbucks' respect for the voices of workers is surface deep and purely symbolic. This is further explained in the video below.
The Empty Chair is currently in production and will be completed in Fall 2023. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates on screenings!