Oscar-winning directors coming to Omaha
February 18th, 2011
Omaha, NE – Two Academy Award-winning directors take the stage at the Holland this weekend.
Steven Soderberghâ€™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, heâ€™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. Itâ€™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 heâ€™s taped with women.
The film secured Soderberghâ€™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 NPRâ€™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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