Review: 'Nuts!'reveals doctor's secret to success: goat testicle transplants JUNE 21, 2016 NYT Critics' Pick.  "Nuts!", an inventive documentary directed by Penny Lane ("Our Nixon") from Thom Stylinski's script, tells a quintessentially American story - one that elicits both wonder and horror.      

Review: 'Nuts!'reveals doctor's secret to success: goat testicle transplants JUNE 21, 2016

NYT Critics' Pick. 

"Nuts!", an inventive documentary directed by Penny Lane ("Our Nixon") from Thom Stylinski's script, tells a quintessentially American story - one that elicits both wonder and horror.  

 

 

NUTS! JULY 6, 2016 This marvelous, mostly animated doc/drama hybrid couldn't have come along at a better time. Director Penny Lane (Our Nixon) showcases, with wit and suspense, the undoing of one of the 20th century's great flim-flam artists, a huckster who seized then-new communication technologies -- and the trappings of Christian divinity -- to convince Americans of profitable nonsense.    

NUTS! JULY 6, 2016

This marvelous, mostly animated doc/drama hybrid couldn't have come along at a better time. Director Penny Lane (Our Nixon) showcases, with wit and suspense, the undoing of one of the 20th century's great flim-flam artists, a huckster who seized then-new communication technologies -- and the trappings of Christian divinity -- to convince Americans of profitable nonsense.

 

 

One Weird Trick (Goat Glands) To increase your potency: NUTS! June 20, 2016 Penny Lane's Nuts! tells a story so outrageous that I wondered at times if it were a mokumentary. In fact, Lane's structure sets out to encourage her spectator to question the truth of her storytelling: Nuts! is a documentary in which more than half of the footage is animated, that turns into a courtroom drama. It takes the uplifting story of success and triumph over adversity epitomized by Hollywood films liked David O. Russell's Joy and shows the B.S. upon which they're built. FULL ARTICLE

One Weird Trick (Goat Glands) To increase your potency: NUTS! June 20, 2016

Penny Lane's Nuts! tells a story so outrageous that I wondered at times if it were a mokumentary. In fact, Lane's structure sets out to encourage her spectator to question the truth of her storytelling: Nuts! is a documentary in which more than half of the footage is animated, that turns into a courtroom drama. It takes the uplifting story of success and triumph over adversity epitomized by Hollywood films liked David O. Russell's Joy and shows the B.S. upon which they're built. 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

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

REVIEW: 'NUTS!' blends fact and fiction in this tale of eccentric inventor john r. brinkley JULY 7, 2016 Hey there, how'd you like to see a part-animated, research-rich, narratively fleet documentary about an early 20th century doctor who a) discovered an impotence cure by grafting goat-glands onto human testicles; b) was nearly elected governor of Kansas on a write-in ballot; c) built the world's most powerful radio station; and d) invented the informercial? Say no more. Filmmaker Penny Lane's movie "NUTS!" will cure of any entertainment-deficient blues you have, and you won't even need surgery. FULL ARTICLE

REVIEW: 'NUTS!' blends fact and fiction in this tale of eccentric inventor john r. brinkley JULY 7, 2016

Hey there, how'd you like to see a part-animated, research-rich, narratively fleet documentary about an early 20th century doctor who a) discovered an impotence cure by grafting goat-glands onto human testicles; b) was nearly elected governor of Kansas on a write-in ballot; c) built the world's most powerful radio station; and d) invented the informercial? Say no more. Filmmaker Penny Lane's movie "NUTS!" will cure of any entertainment-deficient blues you have, and you won't even need surgery. FULL ARTICLE

REVIEW: 'NUTS!' JUNE 19, 2016 The astonishments of this documentary are as much in the telling as in the story told. The filmmaker Penny Lane latches on to an oddball of history. Dr. John Romulus Brikley, who in Kansas in 1917 successfully treated impotence with goat-testicle implants- and follows his career through deep and distant strains of modern society. FULL ARTICLE      

REVIEW: 'NUTS!' JUNE 19, 2016

The astonishments of this documentary are as much in the telling as in the story told. The filmmaker Penny Lane latches on to an oddball of history. Dr. John Romulus Brikley, who in Kansas in 1917 successfully treated impotence with goat-testicle implants- and follows his career through deep and distant strains of modern society. FULL ARTICLE

 

 

 

  Penny lane on "nuts!", her playful doc about a charlatan JUNE 22, 2016 Penny Lane was worried. She'd made "Nuts!", a documentary about John R. Brinkley, a possible oscure historical figure who, in the early 20th century, built an empire based on his cure for impotence: injecting goat testicles into humans. He was a fraud, but the movie she'd made spends most of its running time pretending to be on his side. FULL ARTICLE

 

Penny lane on "nuts!", her playful doc about a charlatan JUNE 22, 2016

Penny Lane was worried. She'd made "Nuts!", a documentary about John R. Brinkley, a possible oscure historical figure who, in the early 20th century, built an empire based on his cure for impotence: injecting goat testicles into humans. He was a fraud, but the movie she'd made spends most of its running time pretending to be on his side. 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

Film REVIEW: 'NUTS!' May 16, 2016 The potentiality of a President Trump has many pondering Americans' susceptibility to snake-oil salesmen, making it a particularly opportune moment for "Nuts!", about a now little-remembered public figure of great popular appeal nearly a century ago. Penny Lane's feature relates the bizarre saga of John R. Brinkley in a novel mix of archival materials, latter-day commentators, unreliable voice-actor narration and primarily animated visuals. FULL ARTICLE  

Film REVIEW: 'NUTS!' May 16, 2016

The potentiality of a President Trump has many pondering Americans' susceptibility to snake-oil salesmen, making it a particularly opportune moment for "Nuts!", about a now little-remembered public figure of great popular appeal nearly a century ago. Penny Lane's feature relates the bizarre saga of John R. Brinkley in a novel mix of archival materials, latter-day commentators, unreliable voice-actor narration and primarily animated visuals. FULL ARTICLE

 

A great new doc reintroduces the quack who sold america goat testes June 22, 2016 This marvelous, mostly animated doc/drama hybrid couldn't have come along at a better time. Director Penny Lane (Our Nixon) showcases, with wit and suspense, the undoing of one of the 20th century's great flimflam artists, a huckster who seized then-new communication technologies - and the trappings of Christian divinity - to convince Americans of profitable nonsense. 

A great new doc reintroduces the quack who sold america goat testes June 22, 2016

This marvelous, mostly animated doc/drama hybrid couldn't have come along at a better time. Director Penny Lane (Our Nixon) showcases, with wit and suspense, the undoing of one of the 20th century's great flimflam artists, a huckster who seized then-new communication technologies - and the trappings of Christian divinity - to convince Americans of profitable nonsense. 

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

The Hidden Stars of This Year’s Sundance feb. 2, 2016 A high-wire mix of animated sequences, archival interludes, and occasional interviews, the film recounts the story of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, originally from North Carolina, who made millions as a goat-testicle-transplant and radio-broadcast pioneer, and may have had a Kansas gubernatorial big stolen from him by the Depression-era Democratic Party machine, despite having never attended medical school or held smaller elective office.  FULL ARTICLE

The Hidden Stars of This Year’s Sundance feb. 2, 2016

A high-wire mix of animated sequences, archival interludes, and occasional interviews, the film recounts the story of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, originally from North Carolina, who made millions as a goat-testicle-transplant and radio-broadcast pioneer, and may have had a Kansas gubernatorial big stolen from him by the Depression-era Democratic Party machine, despite having never attended medical school or held smaller elective office.  FULL ARTICLE

SUNDANCE: Above and beyond March 2016 For her second documentary feature, NUTS!, Penny Lane (her real name) has designed an ingenious mixture of archival documents and animation that is zany, corky, informative, entertaining, and manages to surprise us til the end .. For this, my friends, you have to see this movie. No spoiler alerts on this one. It was just too much fun to experience.  FULL  ARTICLE

SUNDANCE: Above and beyond March 2016

For her second documentary feature, NUTS!, Penny Lane (her real name) has designed an ingenious mixture of archival documents and animation that is zany, corky, informative, entertaining, and manages to surprise us til the end .. For this, my friends, you have to see this movie. No spoiler alerts on this one. It was just too much fun to experience.  FULL  ARTICLE

NUTS! Is, well, nuts! april 2, 2016 While Brinkley's meteoric rise and fall lies at the center of the documentary, it becomes increasingly evident during the film that its creators are analyzing something bigger than one shameless charlatan's life story -- and challenges storytelling and narration, at large. In NUTS!, the goatee-sporting, smooth-talking quack epitomizes the dizzying power of manipulation and how it can be used expertly to prey upon our gullible society.  FULL  ARTICLE

NUTS! Is, well, nuts! april 2, 2016

While Brinkley's meteoric rise and fall lies at the center of the documentary, it becomes increasingly evident during the film that its creators are analyzing something bigger than one shameless charlatan's life story -- and challenges storytelling and narration, at large. In NUTS!, the goatee-sporting, smooth-talking quack epitomizes the dizzying power of manipulation and how it can be used expertly to prey upon our gullible society.  FULL  ARTICLE

Sundance 2016: old masters and new classics feb. 1, 2016 Penny Lane’s uproariously unique animated docuhistory of “Dr.” John Brinkley, notorious for pioneering the transplantation of goat testicles to cure male impotency. While his story may start in an unlikely fashion, it soon becomes something fascinating and altogether unexpected, and no less than a curio of 20th-century Americana. Lane’s clever direction and Coen Brothers-esque storytelling approach distinguishes the film from the festival’s many other documentaries. FULL ARTICLE

Sundance 2016: old masters and new classics feb. 1, 2016

Penny Lane’s uproariously unique animated docuhistory of “Dr.” John Brinkley, notorious for pioneering the transplantation of goat testicles to cure male impotency. While his story may start in an unlikely fashion, it soon becomes something fascinating and altogether unexpected, and no less than a curio of 20th-century Americana. Lane’s clever direction and Coen Brothers-esque storytelling approach distinguishes the film from the festival’s many other documentaries. FULL ARTICLE

Sundance 2016: 'NUTS!' IS loads of fun! feb. 4, 2016 NUTS! is a tribute to the power of storytelling. More specifically, the power we invest in the storyteller. With a little charm and a lot of ignorance, a good storyteller can hoist himself above reproach. The filmmakers put us in league with the ignorant masses; mingling with shady characters and learning the unseemly particulars of goat glands. The old adage states that, “Truth will only reveal itself to those who are willing to see it.” NUTS! proves this adage through laughter and sorrow… but mostly laughter. It’s an entertaining sleight of hand that’s anything but slight.  FULL  ARTICLE  

Sundance 2016: 'NUTS!' IS loads of fun! feb. 4, 2016

NUTS! is a tribute to the power of storytelling. More specifically, the power we invest in the storyteller. With a little charm and a lot of ignorance, a good storyteller can hoist himself above reproach. The filmmakers put us in league with the ignorant masses; mingling with shady characters and learning the unseemly particulars of goat glands. The old adage states that, “Truth will only reveal itself to those who are willing to see it.” NUTS! proves this adage through laughter and sorrow… but mostly laughter. It’s an entertaining sleight of hand that’s anything but slight.  FULL  ARTICLE

 

'nuts!' is an off-the-wall animated documentary about the citizen kane of medical quackery jan. 25, 2016 Opening with an animation of goats having sex, NUTS! is a bright and batty documentary about people getting screwed. You can count the audience among them to a degree, but in a fun way. Penny Lane has made a wildly entertaining piece of animated nonfiction, blending tall tale and courtroom documentary for a folk tale that can be viewed as much about modern charlatans as the specific subject of the film. FULL  ARTICLE

'nuts!' is an off-the-wall animated documentary about the citizen kane of medical quackery jan. 25, 2016

Opening with an animation of goats having sex, NUTS! is a bright and batty documentary about people getting screwed. You can count the audience among them to a degree, but in a fun way. Penny Lane has made a wildly entertaining piece of animated nonfiction, blending tall tale and courtroom documentary for a folk tale that can be viewed as much about modern charlatans as the specific subject of the film. FULL  ARTICLE

SUNDANCE DISPATCH #4 FEB. 1, 2016 Playful, alive, inventive, and fun, NUTS! is a sharp examination of a media-savvy figure with an outsized personality, who courts public attention for his own gain. Donald Trump is the latest appropriate analogue in a long series of J.R. Brinkleys who have made their name in this country over the past century. FULL  ARTICLE

SUNDANCE DISPATCH #4 FEB. 1, 2016

Playful, alive, inventive, and fun, NUTS! is a sharp examination of a media-savvy figure with an outsized personality, who courts public attention for his own gain. Donald Trump is the latest appropriate analogue in a long series of J.R. Brinkleys who have made their name in this country over the past century. FULL  ARTICLE

PENNY LANE'S 'NUTS!' IS WORTH GOING CRAZY FOR JAN. 27, 2016 For Lane, who spent eight years on the project, it’s a huge leap forward from her first film, which she made during a lull in “Nuts!” production, but it should also be seen as a huge leap for the documentary world as a whole, remixing elements that are common practice such as talking heads, exhaustively researched visual recreations and formal chicanery such as chapter stops to create something wholly original and innovative. History never seems to feel as alive as it does in the hands of Lane and it took some serious balls to make a film like “Nuts!” FULL  ARTICLE

PENNY LANE'S 'NUTS!' IS WORTH GOING CRAZY FOR JAN. 27, 2016

For Lane, who spent eight years on the project, it’s a huge leap forward from her first film, which she made during a lull in “Nuts!” production, but it should also be seen as a huge leap for the documentary world as a whole, remixing elements that are common practice such as talking heads, exhaustively researched visual recreations and formal chicanery such as chapter stops to create something wholly original and innovative. History never seems to feel as alive as it does in the hands of Lane and it took some serious balls to make a film like “Nuts!” FULL  ARTICLE