See you at Sundance

See you at Sundance

It’s true. After 7 years of work, I’m taking “NUTS!” to Sundance this January to premiere in the US Documentary Competition. Here’s the Wall Street Journalcoverage of the announcement, in which festival director John Cooper said, “the face of the modern documentary is changing, with filmmakers adopting more adventurous techniques such as animation, re-enactments and experimental non-narrative storytelling.” And here’s the New York Times: “keeping with a recent trend in documentary filmmaking, nontraditional, sometimes controversial storytelling techniques will be on full display . . . 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.”

From Sundance, I will fly directly to Rotterdam for the international premiere. You can expect the film to spend a few more months rolling out in film festivals and then make its way to other outlets. I look forward to your response to “NUTS!” wherever you catch it next year.

In other news, I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be spending six luxurious weeks as an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony this spring, where I’ll recharge and hopefully get some new projects underway.

Cheers and all good things,
Penny Lane

Delusions can be good

Would I have ever started NUTS! if I had known how long it would take to finish? NOPE. It’s a good thing I was once that delusional, though, because oh man I love this movie. Look at this artwork!!! And we’re just getting started!!! Just this week, I officially hired the final roster of animators and I am so blown away by their talent. Can’t wait to share. Can’t wait!!!

Kickstarter Success!

Well, that was exciting. Thanks again to everyone that pledged, tweeted, posted, sent encouraging emails and passed it on. Here is a post I wrote to commemorate the moment and to enthuse more generally about crowdfunding. Go, Golden Goat, go!!! 

Penny’s interview with The Wrap

“After scoring a hit with the unique White House doc ‘Our Nixon,’ which aired on CNN, Penny Lane is turning her attention to another eccentric and ultimately disgraced American, Dr. John Romulus Brinkley. Yes, the subject of her latest film, ‘Nuts!’ is a bit less famous, but no less fascinating. Dr. Brinkley was a nomadic con man who scored big time during Depression-era America by selling a sham impotence cure made from goat testicles. . . ”

Full story here.

Tribeca Film Institute includes NUTS! for support

“Today TFI announced the grantees for the 2014 TFI Documentary Fund. After more than 500 submissions from 70 countries, 11 projects will receive a total of $175,000 to fund their projects in various stages of development through post-production. This is an increase of $15,000 from last year . . . The fund aims to advance character-driven, non-fiction filmmaking featuring creative and unexplored perspectives from around the world. Highlights include Penny Lane, who is following up her attention-grabbing feature debut Our Nixon with the equally interesting NUTS! . . . ”

Full announcement here.

Congrats to all the filmmakers!!!