World Premiere Sundance 2016

International Premiere Rotterham 2016

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!

Directed By

Penny Lane

Written By

Thom Stylinski

Produced By

Penny Lane, Caitlin Mae Burke, James Belfer and Daniel Shepard

Executive Producers

Dan Cogan, Elias Savada


David Armillei, Kara Janeczko

Associate Producer

Gene Tognacci

Illustrated & Animated By

Drew ChristieHazel Lee SantinoMichael Pisano,Rose StarkAce & Son Moving Picture Co., LLC,Krystal DownsJulia Veldman

Original Score

Brian McOmber

With Support From

Creative CapitalTFI Documentary Fund (Tribeca Film Institute), Colgate University Research Council, and the many awesome people who contributed to our successful Kickstarter campaign.