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Nuts


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Nuts


A film by Penny Lane

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About


About the film

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About


About the film

NUTS!  is a feature length documentary [directed by Penny Lane] about Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire in Depression-era America with a goat testicle impotence cure and a million watt radio station.

Using animated reenactments, interviews, archival footage, and a hilariously unreliable narrator, NUTS!  traces Brinkley’s rise from poverty and obscurity to the heights of celebrity, wealth and influence in Depression-era America.

Along the way, he transplants tens of thousands of goat testicles; amasses an enormous fortune; is (sort of) elected Governor of Kansas; builds the world’s most powerful radio station; invents junk mail, the infomercial, the sound-truck and Border Radio; hosts some epic parties; and annoys the heck out of the establishment, until finally his audacious actions force the federal government to create regulations to stop him.

How he does it, and what happens when it all comes crashing down, is the story of NUTS!

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Credits


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Credits

A Gland Power Film

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Cartuna Production

 

Directed By:

Penny Lane

Written By:

Thom Stylinski

Produced By:

Penny LaneCaitlin Mae Burke, James Belfer and Daniel Shepard

Executive Producers:

Dan Cogan, Elias Savada

 Co-Producers:

David Armillei, Kara Janeczko

Associate Producer: 

Gene Tognacci

Illustrated & Animated By:

Drew ChristieHazel Lee SantinoMichael PisanoRose StarkKrystal DownsJulia Veldman, ACE & SON MOVING PICTURE CO., LLC

Original Score:

Brian McOmber

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Press


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NUTS! review – a ridiculously enjoyable ode to old, weird America JAN. 23, 2016 ★★★★ FOUR STARS  Mixing droll animation, stock footage and a restrained number of talking head interviews, the director Penny Lane’s biography has all the whimsy of a tall tale, until a late change in tone surprises with genuine emotion. Nuts! is really a kick.  FULL ARTICLE

NUTS! review – a ridiculously enjoyable ode to old, weird America JAN. 23, 2016

★★ FOUR STARS

 Mixing droll animation, stock footage and a restrained number of talking head interviews, the director Penny Lane’s biography has all the whimsy of a tall tale, until a late change in tone surprises with genuine emotion. Nuts! is really a kick.  FULL ARTICLE

SUNDANCE FILM REVIEW: NUTS! JAN. 25, 2016 On the scale of formal inventiveness and outrageous, headline-grabbing subject matter, however, no one has quite matched Penny Lane. The director's much-buzzed-about NUTS! follows the story of radio pioneer, huckster surgeon, and failed Kansas gubernatorial candidate John Romulus Brinkley, who grafted goat testicles on impotent men, claiming it would cute them.  FULL ARTICLE

SUNDANCE FILM REVIEW: NUTS! JAN. 25, 2016

On the scale of formal inventiveness and outrageous, headline-grabbing subject matter, however, no one has quite matched Penny Lane. The director's much-buzzed-about NUTS! follows the story of radio pioneer, huckster surgeon, and failed Kansas gubernatorial candidate John Romulus Brinkley, who grafted goat testicles on impotent men, claiming it would cute them.  FULL ARTICLE

SUNDANCE 2016: NUTS! REVIEW JAN. 24, 2016 Don't let the synopsis fool you, there's much more here than a simple movie about a guy who likes to put goat balls in people...[Lane] explores the peculiar and undeniably fascinating story of Brinkley in what is easily an early contender doc of the year...Nuts! is a film you'll definitely want to check out.  FULL ARTICLE

SUNDANCE 2016: NUTS! REVIEW JAN. 24, 2016

Don't let the synopsis fool you, there's much more here than a simple movie about a guy who likes to put goat balls in people...[Lane] explores the peculiar and undeniably fascinating story of Brinkley in what is easily an early contender doc of the year...Nuts! is a film you'll definitely want to check out.  FULL ARTICLE

12 Best movies we saw at sundance 2016 JAN. 23, 2016 As illuminating as it is immensely entertaining, Penny Lane's doc uses charming hand-crafted animation to trace how Brinkley ballooned a wacko epiphany into a vast media empire built on nothing but hot air. FULL ARTICLE

12 Best movies we saw at sundance 2016 JAN. 23, 2016

As illuminating as it is immensely entertaining, Penny Lane's doc uses charming hand-crafted animation to trace how Brinkley ballooned a wacko epiphany into a vast media empire built on nothing but hot air. FULL ARTICLE

SUNDANCE FILM REVIEW: NUTS! JAN. 24, 2016 The filmmakers and animators struck a pitch perfect tone for this odd little slice of Americana, and any curator of the weird stories that are hardwired into our country's history will throughly enjoy this film.  FULL ARTICLE

SUNDANCE FILM REVIEW: NUTS! JAN. 24, 2016

The filmmakers and animators struck a pitch perfect tone for this odd little slice of Americana, and any curator of the weird stories that are hardwired into our country's history will throughly enjoy this film.  FULL ARTICLE

'Nuts!': Sundance Review Jan. 28, 2016 A blend of cornpone commentary and tounge-in-cheek exposition, Nuts! is consistently very entertaining  FULL ARTICLE

'Nuts!': Sundance Review Jan. 28, 2016

A blend of cornpone commentary and tounge-in-cheek exposition, Nuts! is consistently very entertaining  FULL ARTICLE

Penny Lane on Sundance, career growth, & creating bold films JAN. 22, 2016 Penny Lane is a documentarian who blends the archival with the personal in powerfully emotive ways... [she] is now firmly ensconced as a leading voice among her documentary filmmaking peers.   FULL ARTICLE

Penny Lane on Sundance, career growth, & creating bold films JAN. 22, 2016

Penny Lane is a documentarian who blends the archival with the personal in powerfully emotive ways... [she] is now firmly ensconced as a leading voice among her documentary filmmaking peers.   FULL ARTICLE

Nuts: a documentary about goat testicle transplants that's too good to be true JAN. 30, 2016 What won't spoil the film is my spewing praise for Lane's craft... Lane is the answer to a question more people should be asking: who's the great documentarian of this generation?  FULL ARTICLE

Nuts: a documentary about goat testicle transplants that's too good to be true JAN. 30, 2016

What won't spoil the film is my spewing praise for Lane's craft... Lane is the answer to a question more people should be asking: who's the great documentarian of this generation?  FULL ARTICLE

10 SUNDANCE BREAKOUTS TO WATCH JAN. 21, 2016 Penny Lane ... employing wacky drawings and Brinkley's own writings -- will surely cement her status as one of the most fascinating documentarians around. FULL ARTICLE

10 SUNDANCE BREAKOUTS TO WATCH JAN. 21, 2016

Penny Lane ... employing wacky drawings and Brinkley's own writings -- will surely cement her status as one of the most fascinating documentarians around. FULL ARTICLE

LOOKING AT THE HEART OF SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP Dec. 2, 2015 In keeping with a recent trend in documentary filmmaking, nontraditional, sometimes controversial storytelling techniques will be on full display, Mr. Cooper said. The director Penny Lane, for instance, uses animated re-enactments and "one seriously  unreliable narrator" to trace the "mostly true" story of a man who found success selling a goat-testicle impotence cure, according to Sundance's lineup guide. Her film is called "Nuts!" FULL ARTICLE

LOOKING AT THE HEART OF SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP Dec. 2, 2015

In keeping with a recent trend in documentary filmmaking, nontraditional, sometimes controversial storytelling techniques will be on full display, Mr. Cooper said. The director Penny Lane, for instance, uses animated re-enactments and "one seriously  unreliable narrator" to trace the "mostly true" story of a man who found success selling a goat-testicle impotence cure, according to Sundance's lineup guide. Her film is called "Nuts!" FULL ARTICLE

Sundance Film Festival announces Documentary Competition lineups DEC. 2, 2015 Sundance can also be depended on to smash little-known subjects to the front of pop consciousness. Director Penny Lane’s NUTS! aims to do precisely that, following the “mostly true” story of an eccentric genius who built an empire with a goat-testicle impotence cure. “It’s bonkers,” says Groth. “It’s an examination of truth and lies and fiction and the intersection between those realms.” FULL ARTICLE

Sundance Film Festival announces Documentary Competition lineups DEC. 2, 2015

Sundance can also be depended on to smash little-known subjects to the front of pop consciousness. Director Penny Lane’s NUTS! aims to do precisely that, following the “mostly true” story of an eccentric genius who built an empire with a goat-testicle impotence cure. “It’s bonkers,” says Groth. “It’s an examination of truth and lies and fiction and the intersection between those realms.” FULL ARTICLE

Sundance announces its 2016 lineup, offering an array of timely films Dec. 2, 2015 In a film sure not to fit into any trend, director Penny Lane (of course) has made Nuts! -- a movie about John Romulus Brinkly, who in the 1920s perfected (he said) a goat-testicle impotence cure. FULL ARTICLE

Sundance announces its 2016 lineup, offering an array of timely films Dec. 2, 2015

In a film sure not to fit into any trend, director Penny Lane (of course) has made Nuts! -- a movie about John Romulus Brinkly, who in the 1920s perfected (he said) a goat-testicle impotence cure. FULL ARTICLE

The Strange, True Tale of the Old-Timey Goat Testicle-Implanting 'Governor' SEPT. 16, 2014 Director Penny Lane's OpEd in The Daily Beast FULL  OPED 

The Strange, True Tale of the Old-Timey Goat Testicle-Implanting 'Governor' SEPT. 16, 2014

Director Penny Lane's OpEd in The Daily Beast FULL  OPED 

Watch Live-Action and Animation Mix in Trailer for Sundance Doc ‘Nuts!’ (Exclusive Video) JAN. 21, 2016 Contrary to what the title might suggest, "Nuts!" is not about a squirrel searching for its next meal or someone losing their mind. Instead, the Sundance documentary is the fascinating story of the doctor who discovered  he could implant goat testicles into men to cure impotence FULL ARTICLE

Watch Live-Action and Animation Mix in Trailer for Sundance Doc ‘Nuts!’ (Exclusive Video) JAN. 21, 2016

Contrary to what the title might suggest, "Nuts!" is not about a squirrel searching for its next meal or someone losing their mind. Instead, the Sundance documentary is the fascinating story of the doctor who discovered  he could implant goat testicles into men to cure impotence FULL ARTICLE

Sundance 2016 Women Directors: Meet Penny Lane - 'NUTS!' JAN. 20, 2016 Indiewire's Women and Hollywood interview with Nuts! director Penny Lane  FULL  INTERVIEW

Sundance 2016 Women Directors: Meet Penny Lane - 'NUTS!' JAN. 20, 2016

Indiewire's Women and Hollywood interview with Nuts! director Penny Lane  FULL  INTERVIEW

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Contact Our Director

You can email Penny directly at lennypane[at-sign]gmail[dot]com.

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Penny Lane // Our Nixon 

 

Penny's short films are distributed by Vtape.

Did you know Penny made this other movie called Our Nixon?

Meet Penny

Penny Lane on her film "NUTS!" which premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Learn more about "NUTS!" at: http://www.sundance.org/projects/nuts 

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Wall of Awesome


Wall of Awesome

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…upon which we etch the names of people who made our Kickstarter a success

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