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NUTS!

U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing

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U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing

NUTS! recounts the true story of John Romulus Brinkley, a small-town Kansas doctor who discovers in 1917 that he can cure impotence by transplanting goat testicles into men. And that’s just the tipping point in this stranger-than-fiction tale. With the balls of a P.T. Barnum, the gonads of goats, and the wishful dreams of flaccid men, Brinkley amassed a fortune, was almost elected Governor of Kansas, invented junk mail and the infomercial, and built the world’s most powerful radio station. By the time all of the twists and turns of Brinkley’s story are revealed, NUTS! certainly earns its title.

Utilizing hilariously cheeky animation and the writings of Brinkley himself (whose dubious memoir provides the narration for this true story), filmmaker Penny Lane injects her audacious tale with humor and empathy. We’re reminded that our love of (and need for) compelling narratives is exactly what makes us so endlessly susceptible to being conned. But don’t be fooled here; Penny Lane is the real deal.

Screens with Emperor of Time
This is the story of the first motion pictures ever photographed, as told by the son of Eadweard Muybridge.

YEAR 2015

SECTION U.S. Doc Comp

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 79 min

WEBSITE www.pennylaneismyrealname.com

EMAIL lennypane@gmail.com

Credits

Director
Screenwriter
Executive Producer
Producer
Associate Producer
Composer
Sound
Animator
Co Editor
Co Producer
Color Grader
Actor

Artist Bio

Penny Lane

Penny Lane was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film" in 2012. Her debut feature documentary, Our Nixon, had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, its North American premiere at SXSW, won the Ken Burns Award for "Best of the Festival" at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and was selected as the closing night film at New Directors/New Films. And yes, Penny Lane is her real name.