Can St. Louis Be the San Fernando Valley of Amateur Porn? These Guys Think So.

Can St. Louis Be the San Fernando Valley of Amateur Porn? These Guys Think So.
Studio Torno

Editor's note: As a condition to reporting this story, Riverfront Times agreed to change the names of the actors interviewed and depicted on the following pages. The story also contains descriptions of sex that some readers might find offensive.

"Porn made in California has those big houses with pools and Italian leather couches. Here in the Midwest — we have Motel 6."

Jenny can't believe what she's about to do. It feels too surreal to be actually happening. But that other-worldliness is what spurs the nineteen-year-old to get out of her car and walk into Utopia Studios in south St. Louis.

Inside the noise is deafening. Several rock bands are practicing behind closed doors in rented rehearsal rooms. Jenny looks around the lobby for direction, but there's no sign, no assistant holding a clipboard — just a mishmash of arcade games and vintage advertisements that look as if they were dug up from a hip thrift shop. It doesn't seem like a place where pornos are filmed, whatever that might look like, so Jenny takes out her cell phone and calls Sam Arcobasso, the budding porn producer she met online.

According to Sam Arcobasso, porn “just seemed like it’s in high demand, and the competition around here is slim to none. So it seemed like an easy business to get into.”
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According to Sam Arcobasso, porn “just seemed like it’s in high demand, and the competition around here is slim to none. So it seemed like an easy business to get into.”
Doin’ it old school: ’90s Lake St. Louis amateur-erotica pioneers Tom and Suzi Wahl.
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Doin’ it old school: ’90s Lake St. Louis amateur-erotica pioneers Tom and Suzi Wahl.

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