Soderbergh: The Obscure Works
A closer look at the Oscar-winning director's shorts, TV series, plays, and the improvised movie he shot but has no plans to release.
2009: Tot Mom. Written by Soderbergh, this play about missing toddler Caylee Anthony—and the media circus that surrounded her disappearance—went up at Cate Blanchett's Sydney Theater Company in Australia. Essie Davis starred as Nancy Grace. Boy, do I wish I'd seen it.
2009: The Last Time I Saw Michael Gregg. The most curious Soderbergh nonmovie of all is, in fact, a movie—reportedly mostly improvised, and shot with his Tot Mom cast in the afternoons after morning rehearsals. Because when you're Hollywood's most talented workaholic, why not? Apparently Soderbergh sent a rough cut to the cast and no one else, and when I requested a chance to see it, Soderbergh politely declined. He has no plans to release it at this time.
Dan Kois is a senior editor at Slate and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.
Photograph of Steven Soderbergh by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images.