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In Glorious Smell-O-Vision! The True Story of The Godfather of Scented Cinema

When it comes to movies, why not the nose?
'In Glorious Smell-O-Vision!' tells the story of the precipitous rise, terrible fall and ultimate redemption of Hans Laube, the Swiss scientist who invented scented cinema. The debut of his Smell-O-Vision! process - in a big-budget Hollywood production starring Elizabeth Taylor, no less - was a spectacular flop. But why?
Smell-obsessed Australian filmmaker Tammy Burnstock gets to the bottom of what went wrong, along the way uncovering a very human story of scientific innovation, heartbreak and redemption.
'In Glorious Smell-O-Vision!' - available in scented and unscented versions - brings to light a previously-untold chapter in cinema history, proving along the way that movies with smell DO have a future.

  • John Anderson
    Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story, Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE, Sam Lay In Bluesland, Brian Wilson Presents Pets Sounds Live In London
  • Tammy Burnstock
  • Tammy Burnstock
  • John Anderson
    Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story
  • Tammy Burnstock
  • Carmen Laube
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    Daughter of The Godfather of Smell-O-Vision!,
  • Susan Jane Todd
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    Daughter of Mike Todd Jr. and granddaughter of producer Michael Todd
  • Tammy Burnstock
    Key Cast
  • Saskia Wilson-Brown
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    Founder of the Institute for Art and Olfaction
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    January 20, 2020
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Director Biography - John Anderson, Tammy Burnstock

John Anderson is an Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated Director, Executive Producer and Editor whose authentic approach to innovative storytelling has captivated audiences around the world.

His work has aired on PBS, A&E, MTV, VH1, Showtime, Cinemax, HBO, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, MuchMusic, the BBC, ARTE and elsewhere throughout Europe. His list of directorial clients includes Warner Brothers Records, Capitol/EMI, Sanctuary Visual Entertainment, Soundstage, Image Entertainment, Rhino Home Video, Giant Records and The Walt Disney Company, and his long-form editorial work for The Oprah Winfrey Show, Nova, Kurtis Productions and others has won numerous accolades and awards.

John was nominated for a 2006 Grammy for his direction of “Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE,” the platinum-selling DVD release from Warner Brothers/Rhino Home Video. The live performance DVD, which Brian Wilson hails as “a masterpiece”, marked Anderson’s fourth DVD collaboration with the Beach Boys leader, following “Imagination” (1998), “Brian Wilson On Tour” (2002) and “Pet Sounds Live In London” (2003). In 2012, Anderson co-directed, co-edited and co-wrote the PBS documentary “The Beach Boys: Doin’ It Again,” and produced the big-screen video content that was part of the group’s 73-date worldwide tour. He also directed and filmed Brian Wilson’s performance of the title song in the 2015 biopic Love & Mercy.

The list of other musical artists he has worked with includes Pete Townshend, Neil Young, Ray Davies, Paul McCartney, Patti Smith, Kanye West, John Fogerty, Elvis Costello, Jack White, Sheryl Crow, John Prine, James Cotton, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Miller, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton, Iggy Pop, Elvin Bishop, Emmylou Harris, Eric Burdon, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Winter, Charlie Musselwhite, Phil Ochs, Tiny Tim, Todd Rundgren, David Sanborn, The Cryan Shames, Hubert Sumlin, Fountains of Wayne, Tom Jones, Geoff Muldaur, Survivor, Rick Derringer, Sugar Blue, The Standells, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Steve Goodman, Arlo Guthrie, Hal Blaine, Neil Innes, Joey Molland, Maria Muldaur, The Buckinghams, Jim Keltner, The Ides of March, Sugar Blue, Marshall Chess, Nancy Sinatra, The Shadows of Knight, The Residents, John Cage, Corky Siegel, Nick Gravenites, The Manhattan Transfer and Mike Smith of The Dave Clark 5.

John won an Emmy and received nine Emmy nominations for his work as Executive Producer, Director and Editor of “CPS Right Now!,” a bi-weekly television newsmagazine he created for Chicago Public Schools.

Screen Magazine’s ‘Editor of the Year’ and winner of an International Monitor Award for ‘Best Editor of A Music Video’ with his band The Cleaning Ladys, his editorial work includes The Chicago Bears’ “The Super Bowl Shuffle,” which became the second highest-selling music video of all time.

Recent directorial projects include “Born In Chicago,” a feature-length documentary on the Chicago blues starring Charlie Musselwhite, Hubert Sumlin and Keith Richards.
The film premiered at SXSW and has screened at New York City’s Lincoln Center, Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center, The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and has been the subject of feature articles in Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

November 2018 saw the digital release of “Sam Lay In Bluesland,” https://www.samlayinbluesland.com/, a film about the legendary Chicago blues drummer featuring James Cotton and Iggy Pop. It aired on PBS in 2017 and kicked off the 2017 Chicago Blues Festival with a screening at the Chicago Cultural Center.

John is the director, producer, editor and co-writer of “Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story”, a documentary about the life and career of blues harmonica great Paul Butterfield. A film festival favorite, “Horn From The Heart” had its World Premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival, where it won the Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking: Editing Award. A New York Times “Critic’s Pick,” its theatrical run has been extended through December 2019, including a screening at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The film features David Sanborn, Bonnie Raitt, Elvin Bishop, Jac Holzman, B.B. King, Maria Muldaur, Marshall Chess, Todd Rundgren, Michael Bloomfield and Bob Dylan, and is available online and on disc via Gravitas Ventures.

Tammy Burnstock is an Australian producer, director, writer and scented storyteller. She has worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), The Children’s Channel in the UK, Disney Online in the USA and for Outfit 7 in Slovenia. Tammy has been obsessed with cinema that smells since the 1980s, and recently event-produced a Scent of Mystery (1960) revival in participatory Smell-O-Vision! For the National Science and Media Museum in the UK, for the Danish Film Institute in Copenhagen and for the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood.

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