Oscar-winning directors coming to Omaha

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February 18th, 2011

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Omaha, NE – Two Academy Award-winning directors take the stage at the Holland this weekend.

Sex, Lies, and Videotape put Steven Soderbergh's name on the map in 1989


Steven Soderbergh’s most popular films include the Oceans blockbuster heist series starring George Clooney and Matt Damon that grossed over $183 million. But when he stops by Omaha this weekend for the annual Filmstreams fundraiser, he’ll likely also be asked about the movie that put him on the map: the 1989 shoe-string budget production Sex, Lies and Videotape.

The film stars James Spader, Andie MacDowell and Peter Gallagher. It’s the story of a sexually repressed woman, her philandering husband, and a visitor to the home who has a mysterious fetish. The visitor, Graham, has given up relationships, and instead watches videos of interviews he’s taped with women.

Steven Soderbergh will be interviewed by Omaha native and the host of NPR's Studio 360, Kurt Anderson (Photo courtesy Wikimedia)


The film secured Soderbergh’s place as an innovative filmmaker, who pushes the boundaries of contemporary cinema. He followed it with a series of films that never reached critical acclaim. But in 2000, he released two films that secured several Academy award-nominations: Traffic and Erin Brokovich.

Soderbergh will be interviewed on stage about his wide-ranging work by Omaha native and host of NPR’s Studio 360, Kurt Andersen, after an introduction by another Omaha native and Academy Award-winning director, Alexander Payne. The fundraising event takes place Sunday, Feb. 20 at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

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