OUT OF SIGHT
Out of Sight is director STEVEN SODERBERGH's seventh
film, following Gray's Anatomy, Schizopolis, The Underneath,
King of the Hill, Kafka and sex, lies, and videotape.
Born in Georgia and raised primarily in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
he began making films at age 13. After graduating from high school,
Soderbergh traveled to Los Angeles, where he worked as a freelance
editor before returning to Baton Rouge to continue making short
films and writing screenplays. After shooting a documentary profiling
the rock group Yes, Soderbergh was asked to direct a full-length
concert film for the band. The result was 9012LIVE, which
received a Grammy nomination in 1986 for Long Form Music Video.
After two years of writing more screenplays, both on spec and
for hire, Soderbergh completed the script for Sex, Lies, and
Videotape. Shooting commenced in Baton Rouge in the summer
of 1988 with James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher and
Laura San Giacomo playing the four leads. The film premiered at
the Sundance film festival in January, 1989 and four months later
won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Soderbergh's second film, Kafka, was a black-and-white
mystery-suspense film set in post-WWI Prague. Combining elements
of Franz Kafka's life, letters and fiction, the film starred Jeremy
Irons in the title role and was released in 1991.
The memoirs of author A.E. Hotchner provided the basis for Soderbergh's
third film, King of the Hill, which detailed the attempts
of an imaginative twelve-year old boy to keep his family from
splitting apart during the Great Depression. The film was released
in 1993 and, according to the annual Premiere Magazine
Critic's Chart, was the fifth best-reviewed film of the year.
In 1995, Soderbergh reunited with Peter Gallagher for The Underneath,
a dark tale of obsession and betrayal set in present-day Austin,
Texas. The film also starred Alison Elliot, Elisabeth Shue and
Joe Don Baker.
In the spring of 1997, Soderbergh's two latest films were released:
Schizopolis, an experimental, low-budget comedy in the
spirit of Richard Lester and Bunuel, and Gray's Anatomy,
the filmed version of Spalding Gray's acclaimed monologue, in
which Gray describes his experiences in the world of medicine
(both the alternative and established variety) after being diagnosed
with a rare eye disease.
In addition to his credits as director, Soderbergh functioned
as producer on Greg Mottola's The Daytrippers (1997) and
on Gary Ross' Pleasantville, which will be released in
the fall of 1998. As well, he served as an executive producer
on David Siegel and Scott McGehee's Suture (1994) and co-wrote
the thriller Nightwatch, which was released in April of
this year, starring Ewan McGregor and Patricia Arquette and directed
by Ole Bornedal.
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