Steven Andrew Soderbergh (; born January 14, 1963) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, and editor. An early pioneer of modern independent cinema, Soderbergh is an acclaimed and prolific filmmaker. Soderbergh's directorial-breakthrough indie drama Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)—lifted him into the public spotlight as a notable presence in the film industry. At 26, Soderbergh became the youngest solo director to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival which garnered the film worldwide commercial success, among numerous accolades. His breakthrough saw him to Hollywood where he directed crime comedy Out of Sight (1998); biopic Erin Brockovich (2000) and crime drama film Traffic (2000), the latter winning him the Academy Award for Best Director. He found further popular and critical success with the Ocean's trilogy and film franchise (2001–18); Contagion (2011); Magic Mike (2012); Side Effects (2013); Logan Lucky (2017); and Unsane (2018). Despite his film career spanning a multitude of genres, his cinematic niche centers on psychological, crime, and heist thrillers. His films have grossed over US$2.2 billion worldwide and garnered nine Oscar nominations, winning seven.Soderbergh's films often revolve around familiar concepts often used for big budget Hollywood movies but with an avant garde arthouse approach. They center on the themes of shifting personal identities, vengeance, sexuality, morality, and the human condition. His feature films retain distinctive cinematography as a result of his liberal use of avant-garde cinema coupled with unconventional film and camera formats. Many of Soderbergh's films are anchored by multi-dimensional storylines with plot twists, nonlinear storytelling, experimental sequencing, suspenseful soundscapes, and third person vantage points.
Soderbergh is married to Jules Asner, whom he often credits for influencing his female characters. He has a daughter with his first wife, actress Betsy Brantley. Soderbergh lives in New York City.
Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Mary Ann (née Bernard) and Peter Andrew Soderbergh, who was a university administrator and educator. He has Swedish, Irish, and Italian roots. Soderbergh's paternal grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from Stockholm. As a child, he moved with his family to Charlottesville, Virginia, where he lived during his adolescence, and then to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where his father became Dean of Education at Louisiana State University (LSU). Soderbergh discovered filmmaking as a teenager and directed short films with a Super 8 and 16 mm cameras. He attended the Louisiana State University Laboratory School for high school before graduating and moving to Hollywood to pursue professional filmmaking. In his first job he worked as a game show composer and cue card holder; soon after which he found work as a freelance film editor. During this time, he directed the concert video 9012Live for the rock band Yes in 1985, for which he received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Music Video, Long Form.
Movies & TV shows
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Bill & Ted Face the Music
When a visitor from the future warns Bill and Ted that only their song can save lives, they set out on a new adventure to fulfill their rock and roll destiny. Along the way, they are helped by their d...
A 20 year old self-obsessed college student is stranded off a snow covered Colorado road after he crashes his car, and his only hope of being rescued is his dying phone.
Let Them All Talk
A celebrated author takes a journey with his friends to have fun and heal old wounds. Her nephew is involved with a young literary agent.
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The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate's sweeping study into the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the trut...
Alan Pakula: Going for Truth
"Alan Pakula: Going for Truth" encompasses the personal and professional life of Alan J. Pakula, a lauded filmmaker and extremely private man, who was unflinching in his commitment to bringing some of...
When her idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn, Ellen Martin begins investigating a fake insurance policy, only to find herself down a rabbit hole of questionable dealings that can be linked to a...
Your Life as a Spy
You are a spy and you are lonely.
A young man with a violent past enters a mysterious clinic where the patients wildly transform their bodies and minds using genetic engineering.
This controversial true-crime series seeks to uncover the inner workings of the military justice system as former Army Lieutenant Clint Lorance faces 19 years at the United States Penitentiary in Leav...
This surreal, coming-of-age comedy series follows Ulysses and his friends Carly, Ford, and Severine, who are on various quests pursuing love, sex and fame. Between sexual and romantic dating-app adven...
High Flying Bird
During an NBA lockout, a sports agent, Ray Burke, presents his rookie client, Erick Scott, with an intriguing and controversial business opportunity.
There was a small town in central Scotland in 1994. Despite being completely different people, Johnno and Spanner have a deep bond. Johnno's family are moving him to a new town and a better life, leav...
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At New York's annual Met Gala, a group of female thieves are recruited by a criminal mastermind to pull off the biggest jewelry theft of the century.
A woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution because she is afraid.
Explore the psychological underpinning of love and murder in a small mountain resort town while following popular children's book author and illustratorOlivia Lake, whose literary success makes her a ...
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The Coca-Cola 600 is one of the most prestigious races in the world and Jimmy and his brother were trying to reverse a family curse by committing an elaborate robbery.
A ruthless outlaw prowls the West in search of a former member of his gang, who has found a new life in a quiet town populated only by women.
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X-Rated 2: The Greatest Adult Stars of All-Time
The personal lives of the legendary porn stars who've survived the test of time and influenced popular culture is the subject of a documentary sequel. There are interviews with erotic clips, additiona...
The Girlfriend Experience
The relationship between exclusive escort and their clients is explored. It costs a lot to be in a relationship.
The Legend of the Palme d'Or
Some of the greatest recipients of this trophy recall special moments at the end of the festival. The film brings light moving and personal stories, as surprising as they are varied, which all contrib...
Magic Mike XXL
Three years after quitting the stripper life at the top of his game, Mike and the rest of the Kings of Tampa traveled to Myrtle Beach to put on one last blow-out performance.
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The One I Love
On the verge of separation,Ethan andSophie escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend to save their marriage. When an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relations...
Glenn and Laura traveled to Hong Kong to meet Edward. She brought her camera with her.
21 Years: Richard Linklater
A journey through the professional life of innovative film director Richard Linklater: 21 years creating films, carving his signature in pop culture; an analysis of his style and motivations, through ...
And the Oscar Goes To...
The Oscar goes to the story of the gold- plated statuette that became the film industry's most coveted prize. The Academy's history began in 1927 with the birth of Louis B. The head of MGM formed a pr...
Set in downtown New York in 1900, 'The Knick' is centered on the Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who work there, pushing the bounds of medicine in a time of as...
Behind the Candelabra
The autobiographical novel describes the tempestuous relationship between Liberace and Scott Thorson.
A woman uses prescription medication to deal with her anxiety because she is worried about her husband's release from prison.
Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love
When Marvin Hamlisch passed away in August 2012 the worlds of music, theatre and cinema lost a talent the likes of which we may never see again. Seemingly destined for greatness, Hamlisch was accepted...
The Men of Haywire
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Gina Carano in Training
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The Hunger Games
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainmen...
In school, 9-year old Julian gets into trouble for squealing a bully and therefore disturbing class.
An Amazing Time: A Conversation About End of the Road
"End of the Road" is a film about a road.
In the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world, Mallory Kane works for a government security contractor. Someone close to her left her for dead after freeing a Chinese journalist. Suddenly the t...
Mike, an experienced stripper, takes a younger performer called The Kid under his wing and teaches him the arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.
I Ain't Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac
I AIN'T SCARED OF YOU is a documentary tribute to Bernie Mac (1957-2008). From his stand-up in underground Chicago comedy clubs to the Big Screen in Hollywood, Bernie Mac's sharp tongue and heart of g...
Side by Side
Film is the standard format for recording moving images. A new form of digital filmmaking has emerged over the past two decades. Through in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters, the film explores t...
Stanley Kubrick in Focus
Spielberg, Soderbergh, Stone, Friedkin, and others tell how the director's style influenced them.
The Last Time I Saw Michael Gregg
A theatre company in Australia is attempting to stage a new play despite the disappearance of the director.
As an epidemic of a lethal airborne virus - that kills within days - rapidly grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself...
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Eva had a difficult relationship with her son after he committed a horrible act when he was a toddler.
Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs)
Lodge Kerrigan made a movie about a fictional attempt to make a Grace Slick biopic.
And Everything Is Going Fine
He made the art of the monologue his own from the first time he performed Swimming to Cambodia. His shows were vibrant, hilarious and moving, and they were all about the intimate aspects of his life. ...
A rising star at a giant suddenly becomes a whistle blower. As he exposes his company's price fixing conspiracy to the FBI, he envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and given a pr...
Porn: Business of Pleasure
CNBC takes a behind the scenes look at the Porn Industry and examines challenges facing the industry, including censorship, and the competition from free online porn. It also looks at the executive an...
A car magnate watches his personal and professional life go down the drain because of his business and romantic indiscretions.
Che: Part Two
Che is at the top of his game after the Cuban Revolution. He disappears and reappears in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban revolutionaries and recruits to start the great Latin Americ...
The Girlfriend Experience
A call girl with a $2,000 an hour price tag can live in New York's lap of luxury. With her successful business and a devoted live-in boyfriend, she thinks she has it made. A new client rocks her world...
A significant number of the victims of human traffickers in the United States are children. The educational system and law enforcement played a role in keeping the issue off the radar when she returne...
A law firm brings in a 'fixer' to fix the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.
I'm Not There
Six actors are portraying Bob Dylans.
Danny Ocean's team of criminals are crafting a plan that is more personal than ever before. Danny Ocean and his team will bring down the casino owner after he has a heart attack. Asking for help from ...
A worker at a Russian nuclear facility gets exposed to a lethal dose of radiation. In order to provide for his family, he stole plutonium and set out to sell it on the black market in Moscow with the ...
The Good German
After the end of World War Two, an American journalist arrives in Berlin. He becomes involved in a murder mystery surrounding a dead GI who washes up at a lakeside mansion during the negotiations betw...
Building No. 7
Steven Soderbergh's short was an homage to Godard.
A Scanner Darkly
An undercover cop in a not too distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his identity as a result.
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The Middle Eastern oil industry is at the center of the drama. Bennett Holiday, an American lawyer, is in charge of facilitating a dubious merger of oil companies, while Bryan Woodman, a Switzerland-b...
A three-part anthology film about love and sexuality: a menage-a-trois between a couple and a young woman on the coast of Tuscany; an advertising executive under enormous pressure at work, who, during...
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2 ½
A movie about making movies about making movies. In 1968, William Greaves shot several pairs of actors in a scene in which a woman confronts her husband and ends their relationship. In "Take 2 1/2," G...
Unscripted is an American comedy-drama series that aired in 2005. The series was largely improvised by its performers. Steven Soderbergh, George Clooney, and Grant Heslov were involved in the producti...
Set against the backdrop of a decaying Midwestern town, a murder becomes the focal point of three people who work in a doll factory.
A man searches for his daughter. He tried to find out what happened to her until he met a woman with a daughter the same age. She could help him find the missing piece.
Good Night, and Good Luck.
The story of a journalist. The witch-hunts were against Murrow.
A military veteran is on a journey into the future, where he can predict his death, and he is left with questions that could save his life and those he loves.
Nick Penrose is an advertising executive in the year 1955 under enormous pressure at work. He tells his psychiatrist Dr. Pearl about a recurring dream of a beautiful naked woman in his apartment, as t...
Danny Ocean and his merry band of thieves are involved in three heists in Rome, Paris and Amsterdam, but a Europol agent is on their heels.
Needing a new partner capable of intricate cons, Richard Gaddis recruits a crook with a perfect poker face. William Hannigan is going to get a fake silver certificate. He needs money to help his fathe...
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K Street is a 2003 HBO television series about lobbyists and politicians in Washington, D.C. It was named for a street that is home to many lobbying and legal firms.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. At the height of his TV career, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA and trained to be a covert operative. Barris said that it wa...
A strange planet is being investigated by a psychologist.
Far from Heaven
A housewife in Connecticut in the 1950s is facing a crisis in her marriage and racial tensions in the outside world.
Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the murder of a teen.
Welcome to Collinwood
Five hapless inner-city low-lifes attempt to burgle a pawnbroker's safe, but end up being plagued by bad luck.
A contemporary comedy set in Los Angeles, Full Frontal traces the complicated relationship among seven friends as they deal with the fragile connections that bind them together. A day in the life of m...
The subject of Waking Life is a young man. The film follows the main character as he observes and participates in discussions about issues such as reality, free will, our relationships with others, an...
There are tribute bands in the feature rockumentary. The experience of rock supergroups like Kiss, Journey, Judas Priest and Queen can be recreated by tribute bands. The on- and off-stage struggles of...
Less than 24 hours after being paroled, Danny Ocean is already planning to steal more than $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos. If Danny wanted to score money, he might reconcile with his ex-wif...
An exploration of the United States of America's war on drugs. The war on drugs becomes personal for the new head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy when he discovers that his daughter is a...
A mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy, and wins with a little help from her bra. There are illnesses in the records. She discovers a huge cover-up while investigating.
Wilson, a tough English ex-con who travels to Los Angeles to avenge his daughter's death, is the subject of The Limey. Wilson went to L.A.'s toughest criminals to find out what happened. After survivi...
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In these insightful one-on-one interviews, the industry’s biggest and brightest join host Elvis Mitchell (film authoritarian and critic for The New York Times) in front of a live audience for an in-de...
Geeky teenager David and his popular twin sister, Jennifer, get sucked into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV sitcom called "Pleasantville" and find a world where everything is busy all the time...
Filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival discuss what it is like to be an independent filmmaker, and what Sundance has done for them.
Out of Sight
Jack is determined to make one last robbery. Karen Sisco is a federal marshal. They want to know if there is more between them than just the law.
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She thinks her marriage is going well until she finds a love note for her husband. She went to her mother for help. The family went to the city to confront Louis with the letter. Along the way, the fi...
The film shows Gray's investigations into alternative medicine for an eye condition.
Michael Chambers was born in Austin, Texas. To the mother who is starting a new life and the brother who is driven by jealousy. He can't forget where he was. He married Rachel and betrayed her with hi...
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Fallen Angels is an American neo-noir anthology television series that ran from 1993 to 1995 on the Showtime pay cable station and was produced by Propaganda Films. No first-run episodes were shown in...
King of the Hill
Based on the Depression-era bildungsroman memoir of writer A. E. Hotchner, the film follows the story of a boy struggling to survive on his own in a hotel in St. Louis after his mother is committed to...
Brothers Vincent (rich) and Clay (poor) meet up for the first time after their father's funeral and remark on how similar they look. But unknown to Clay, who thinks his life is taking a turn for the b...
An insurance worker gets involved in an underground group after a co-worker is murdered. The secret organization that controls the major events in society is being stopped by an underground group. The...
Yes: 9012 Live
The legendary YES line-up of Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Trevor Rabin, Alan White and Tony Kaye performs in this landmark concert that's become a home video favorite, now on DVD for the first time! So...
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The film industry is honored. A copy of the Oscar statuette is given to the various category winners. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was where the first awards were held.
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