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Steven Soderbergh not only works behind the camera as a director but behind the scenes as a producer for a variety of projects.
In 2000, Soderbergh and George Clooney formed Section Eight, a film production company based at Warner Bros. Their ensemble comedy Welcome to Collinwood, written and directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, was selected to close the 2002 Cannes International Film Festival's Directors Fortnight. They also executive-produced Christopher Nolan's Insomnia, starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank; and are in post-production on an untitled film written and directed by Lodge Kerrigan.
They are currently in post-production on Charlie Kaufman's adaptation of Chuck Barris' book Confessions of a Dangerour Mind, directed by and starring George Clooney with a cast that includes Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, and Julia Roberts. The film will be released in December.
Soderbergh's other credits as producer include The Daytrippers and Pleasantville; and, as executive producer, Suture and Godfrey Reggio's upcoming NaqoyqatsI, the final installment of the non-narrative films that make up the Qatsi Trilogy, beginning with KoyaanisqatsI and PowaqqatsI.
Soderbergh is the only director to have two films nominated for Best Picture and Best Director in the same year. His Academy Award for Best Director of Traffic marks the first time since the 1928/29 Awards that a director has successfully competed against himself (Frank Lloyd for The Divine Lady ; Michael Curtiz, a double nominee for Best Director in 1938 for Angels with Dirty Faces and Four Daughters, lost to Frank Capra for You Can't Take it With You).
Traffic also received Oscars for Editing (Stephen Mirrione), Supporting Actor (Benicio Del Toro), and Adapted Screenplay (Stephen Gaghan). The film's fifth nomination was for Best Picture (Laura Bickford, Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick).
In addition to Soderbergh's Best Director nomination for Erin Brokovich, Julia Roberts received the Best Actress Academy Award. The film's other nominations were for Best Supporting Actor (Albert Finney), Best Original Screenplay (Susannah Grant), and Best Picture (Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher).
Last year, Soderbergh directed the hugely successful ensemble caper Ocean's Eleven. His additional directing credits include The Limey, Out of Sight, Gray's Anatomy, Schizopolis, The Underneath, King of the Hill, and Kafka.
In August, his contemporary comedy Full Frontal, shot during eighteen days using a combination of digital video tape and film, will be released.
Currently, Soderbergh is directing the science-fiction thriller Solaris, starring George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Jeremy Davies, Viola Davis, and Ulrich Tukur.