Steven Soderbergh

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Despite being anointed a wunderkind after winning the Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for his debut film, "sex, lies and videotape" (1989), director Steven Soderbergh spent the better part of the ensuing decade ... Read more »
Born: 01/14/1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Producer (36)

The Girlfriend Experience 2015 - 2017 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus 2015 (Movie)

(Kickstarter) (Associate Producer)

Magic Mike XXL 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Citizenfour 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

We Need to Talk About Kevin 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

His Way 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Solitary Man 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

PU-239 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Playground 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

I'm Not There 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Michael Clayton 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Wind Chill 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Scanner Darkly 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Good Night, And Good Luck 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Keane 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rumor Has It... 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Syriana 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Jacket 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Unscripted 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Criminal 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 1/2 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tribute: A Rockumentary 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Far From Heaven 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Insomnia 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Naqoyqatsi 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Welcome to Collinwood 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pleasantville 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Daytrippers 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Suture 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Come Like Shadows (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Making Jack Falcone (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tishomingo Blues (Movie)

(Producer)

Who Is Bernard Tapie? (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (33)

Fallen Angels 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

The Knick 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Behind the Candelabra 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Side Effects 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Haywire 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Magic Mike 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Contagion 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

And Everything Is Going Fine 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

The Girlfriend Experience 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

The Informant! 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Che: Part One 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Che: Part Two 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Ocean's Thirteen 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Bubble 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Good German 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Eros 2005 (Movie)

("Equilibrium") (Director)

Ocean's Twelve 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

K Street 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Full Frontal 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Solaris 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Ocean's Eleven 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Erin Brockovich 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Traffic 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Limey 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Out of Sight 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Gray's Anatomy 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Schizopolis 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Underneath 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

King of the Hill 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Kafka 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Cleo (Movie)

(Director)

Mosaic (TV Show)

Director
Camera, Film, & Tape (22)

Magic Mike XXL 2015 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Magic Mike XXL 2015 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Behind the Candelabra 2013 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Side Effects 2013 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Haywire 2012 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Magic Mike 2012 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Contagion 2011 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Girlfriend Experience 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Informant! 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Che: Part One 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Che: Part Two 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ocean's Thirteen 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bubble 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Good German 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Eros 2005 (Movie)

("Equilibrium") (Director of Photography)

Ocean's Twelve 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Full Frontal 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Solaris 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ocean's Eleven 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Traffic 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Schizopolis 1997 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

An American Summer 1991 (Movie)

surfing photography (Photography)
Editor (14)

Magic Mike XXL 2015 (Movie)

(Editor)

Behind the Candelabra 2013 (Movie)

(Editor)

Side Effects 2013 (Movie)

(Editor)

Haywire 2012 (Movie)

(Editor)

Magic Mike 2012 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Girlfriend Experience 2009 (Movie)

(Editor)

Bubble 2006 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Good German 2006 (Movie)

(Editor)

Eros 2005 (Movie)

("Equilibrium") (Editor)

Solaris 2002 (Movie)

(Editor)

Schizopolis 1997 (Movie)

(Editor)

King of the Hill 1993 (Movie)

(Editor)

Kafka 1991 (Movie)

picture editing (Editing)

Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1989 (Movie)

(Editor)
Actor (12)

Side by Side 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

His Way 2010 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

MovieReal 2004 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Bleep! Censoring Hollywood 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Waking Life 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Independent's Day 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Schizopolis 1997 (Movie)

Fletcher Munson (Actor)

Independent's Day 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (8)

Eros 2005 (Movie)

("Equilibrium") (Screenplay)

Criminal 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Solaris 2002 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Nightwatch 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Schizopolis 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Underneath 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

King of the Hill 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Sound (2)

Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1989 (Movie)

sound rerecording (Sound)

Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1989 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)
Other (4)

Visitors 2014 (Movie)

Presented by (Other)

The Hunger Games 2012 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

The Trigger Effect 1996 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Roy Cohn/Jack Smith 1995 (Movie)

(for generous support) (Special Thanks)

Biography

Despite being anointed a wunderkind after winning the Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for his debut film, "sex, lies and videotape" (1989), director Steven Soderbergh spent the better part of the ensuing decade struggling to find his creative and commercial footing. After following up his Cannes triumph with the baffling "Kafka" (1991), Soderbergh all but disappeared from Hollywood's radar, thanks to commercial failures like "King of the Hill" (1993) and "The Underneath" (1995). He cleansed his palate with the truly bizarre "Schizopolis" (1997), which helped pave the way for a revitalized career with "Out of Sight" (1998), a stylish adaptation of Elmore Leonard's romantic crime thriller that finally put Soderbergh on the map. The director soon entered into a fertile period that saw him make creatively satisfying films that also made money; most notably "Erin Brockovich" (2000) and "Traffic" (2000), the latter of which earned him an Oscar for Best Director. After directing the highly-commercial "Ocean's Eleven" (2001), Soderbergh again felt the need to cleanse his soul with "Full Frontal" (2002) and "Solaris" (2002), both of which earned him considerable scorn. Always willing to experiment, as he did with the low-budget "Bubble" (2006) and the sprawling four-hour epic "Che" (2008), Soderbergh was able to keep alive his independent spirit while his feet remained firmly planted in the commercial world, even at the risk of earning detractors and disappointing fans - the mark of a truly independent filmmaker.

Relationships

Frances Anderson

Companion
Became pregnant with Soderbergh's child 2009 while he was reportedly separated from wife Jules Asner Settled paternity lawsuit April 2011

Jules Asner Actor

Wife
Began dating 2001 Married May 10, 2003

Mary Bernard

Mother
Divorced from Soderbergh's father c. 1979

Laura Bickford Producer

Companion
Bickford produced Soderbergh's film "Traffic" (2000) No longer together

Betsy Brantley Actor

Wife
Married Dec. 2, 1989 Divorced 1994

Peter Soderbergh

Father
Born Nov. 14, 1928; moved family to Baton Rouge, LA where he became Dean of Education at Louisiana State University Divorced from Soderbergh's mother c. 1979 Died Feb. 17, 1998 at age 69

Sarah Soderbergh

Daughter
Born February 1990; mother, Betsy Brantley

EDUCATION

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge , Louisiana
While still in high school, enrolled in the university's film animation class and began making short 16 mm films

Louisiana State University Laboratory School

Baton Rouge , Louisiana 1980
Located on the LSU campus

Milestones

2017

Directed the TV movie "Mosaic"

2016

Executive produced the Starz drama "The Girlfriend Experience," which was also adapted from his 2009 film of the same name

2014

Served as the director and executive producer of the period medical drama "The Knick"

2014

Was a producer on the comedy series "Red Oak"

2013

Again directed Tatum in "Side Effects," co-starring Rooney Mara and Jude Law

2013

Directed the HBO TV movie "Behind the Candelabra," starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon

2012

Directed male stripper comedy-drama "Magic Mike," starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey

2011

Helmed action thriller "Haywire," starring Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, and former MMA athlete Gina Carano; also credited cinematographer (as Peter Andrews); first film with Channing Tatum

2011

Directed thriller "Contagion" about the threat posed by an outbreak of a deadly disease

2009

Helmed "The Informant," a feature adaptation of 2000 non-fiction book about ADM executive turned whistleblower Mark Whitacre

2008

Directed and produced two-part biopic "Che" with Benicio Del Toro in title role; also credited as director of photography (as Peter Andrews)

2007

Re-teamed with original all-star cast to direct "Ocean's 13"

2006

Re-teamed with George Clooney for "The Good German"

2006

Directed indie film "Bubble," which was first of six films shot in high-definition and released simultaneously on DVD, cable TV, and in theaters; earned Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Director

2005

Executive produced "Good Night, and Good Luck," directed by Clooney

2004

Produced and penned screenplay for "Criminal," an English-language version of Argentine hit "Nine Queens" (2000)

2004

Returned to direct "Ocean's Twelve," reuniting all members of original cast

2003

Teamed with George Clooney to executive produce political drama "K Street" (HBO)

2002

Helmed ensemble drama "Full Frontal"

2002

Collaborated with George Clooney for sci-fi drama "Solaris"

2001

Directed all-star cast remake of 1960s film "Ocean's Eleven"; re-teamed with Clooney and Roberts

2000

Formed Section Eight Productions with George Clooney

2000

Directed Julia Roberts in her Academy Award winning role as a single mother who fights to bring a class action lawsuit against Pacific Gas and Electric Company in "Erin Brockovich"

2000

Helmed award-winning drama "Traffic," an adaptation of the British series "Traffik"; also served as director of photography (credited as Peter Andrews)

1999

Directed "The Limey," starring Terrence Stamp; incorporated flashback scenes of Stamp from "Poor Cow" (1967), which was directed by Ken Loach

1998

Helmed "Out of Sight," an adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel co-starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez

1997

Directed Spalding Gray monologue film "Gray's Anatomy"; re-teamed with Gray who had acted in "King of the Hill"

1996

Returned to Baton Rouge to shoot "Schizopolis," starring himself opposite his ex-wife Betsy Brantley

1995

Remade Robert Siodmark's 1949 film noir "Criss Cross" as "The Underneath"

1993

Made TV directorial debut with "The Quiet Room," an episode of Showtime anthology series "Fallen Angels"

1993

Directed and wrote "King of the Hill," based on Depression-era memoir of writer A.E. Hotchner

1991

Directed second feature, poorly received biopic "Kafka" with Jeremy Irons as Franz Kafka

1989

Feature directing debut, "sex, lies and videotape"; also wrote and edited; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay

1987

Made film short "Winston" about sexual deception that preceded "sex, lies and videotape"

1985

Big break came when he directed Grammy-nominated concert video "9012Live" for the rock band Yes

1980

Moved to Los Angeles, CA after graduating high school

1980

Worked as an editor for sports variety show "Games People Play"; series canceled after six months

1978

At age 15, made first short film "Janitor"

Began making short 16 mm films as a teen after enrolling in a university's film animation class

Returned to Baton Rouge and continued making Super-8 shorts including "Rapid Eye Movement"

Began directing music videos for local bands in Louisiana

First completed project, an Ex-Lax commercial

Bonus Trivia

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On the similarities between Soderbergh and the lead character of Graham in 'sex, lies and videotape,' actor James Spader told Rolling Stone (May 18, 1989) magazine: "We never talked about it. But there would be days when I'd get out of wardrobe and come to the set, and we'd be wearing the same thing."

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When asked what it was like directing and acting opposite his ex-wife in "Schizopolis" (1996), Soderbergh stated: "I highly recommend it. I think everybody must have thought I was insane while we were making the movie. But, when you think, 'It's just life. Why shy away from it?' In terms of of my work, I'm always looking for the stupid thing to do, the thing that makes you think, 'Why would anyone put themselves through that?' It was very therapeutic. It really was like standing on the bow of a ship in a bad storm. It required an enormous amount of equilibrium." – from the Village Voice, April 1, 1997

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Soderbergh on his direction of actors, to Movieline (December 2000/January 2001): "What I always want to do is find the best version of them. It's not that I want to glamorize them, it's just that I'm pretty good at minimizing whatever weaknesses they have. My gut instinct about that is pretty good, from how to pitch a performance tonally to how to frame, light and cut them. That's my job.

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Soderbergh's interest in filmmaking began when he started making Super 8 mm films as a teenager.

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Soderbergh became only the second person in the history of the Directors Guild of America to be nominated for more than one film in the same year when he was tapped for a pair of 2000 releases, "Erin Brockovich" and "Traffic." The first man so honored was Francis Ford Coppola in 1974 when he was nominated for "The Conversation" and "The Godfather, Part II" (the latter won the prize).

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In 2001, Soderbergh became the first filmmaker since Michael Curtiz in 1938 to receive dual Academy Award nominations for Best Director for both "Erin Brockovich" and "Traffic" (won award for "Traffic").

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Soderbergh worked a series of odd jobs upon his arrival to Hollywood, including a TV show scorer and cue card holder.

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He wrote the first draft of his directorial debut, "Sex, Lies, and Videotape," in eight days.

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"Just from my very personal, subjective point of view, I don’t have an interest in making another theatrical film unless my attitude changes or the business changes. There are a series of things that have contributed to it — I think the audiences have a played a role, the studios have a role in it — but film is increasingly fear based in its decision-making, and that’s not a good base to be creative." - from www.indiewire.com, October 2, 2015

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