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Cinema Junkie Podcast 178: ‘Steam Room Stories: The Movie’

Director JC Calciano talks about scratch ‘n’ sniff cards, YouTube, and Traci Lords

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Traci Lords plays the evil Sally Fay and Eric D'Agostino is her assistant Neil in JC Calciano's "Steam Room Stories: The Movie."

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John Waters' Odorama has inspired filmmaker JC Calciano to make his new film "Steam Room Stories: The Movie" in Cinema Scent. I talk with Calciano about scratch 'n' sniff cards, going from YouTube to feature films, and working with Traci Lords.

Aired: September 13, 2019 | Transcript

FilmOut San Diego hosted a screening of "Steam Room Stories: The Movie" as part of its ongoing film series. Filmmaker JC Calciano talked about making a film in Cinema Scent, going from YouTube to feature film, and working with Traci Lords.

In 1981 John Waters invented Odorama for his film "Polyester." Each time a number came on the screen, audiences would scratch and sniff such scents as roses, flatulence, model airplane glue, pizza, gasoline, skunk, natural gas, new car smell dirty shoes and air freshener.

Listen to this story by Beth Accamando.

That gimmick inspired Calciano to enhance his new film "Steam Room Stories: The Movie" with an ode to Odorama called Cinema Scent.

Calciano talks about John Waters, going from YouTube to feature film and Steam Room Stories and working with actress Traci Lords.

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Beth Accomando
Arts & Culture Reporter

opening quote marksclosing quote marksI cover arts and culture, from Comic-Con to opera, from pop entertainment to fine art, from zombies to Shakespeare. I am interested in going behind the scenes to explore the creative process; seeing how pop culture reflects social issues; and providing a context for art and entertainment.

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