NUTS!

USA | 2016 | 79 minutes | Penny Lane

Inventive and wildly fun, filmmaker Penny Lane (Our Nixon) recounts the unbelievable true story of a Kansas doctor who became a sensation in Depression-era America after he claimed that he could cure impotence by transplanting goat testicles into men.

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Penny Lane, director of Our Nixon (Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary, SIFF 2013), comes out swinging with one of the most outrageous movies of the Festival, an animated true story that's almost too crazy to believe. Dr. John Romulus (JR) Brinkley, an alumnus of Kansas City's Eclectic Medical University, moves west in 1917 with his wife and opens a small pharmacy in sleepy Milford, Kansas. When approached by a farmer hoping to cure his impotence, Brinkley is struck with a harebrained solution: Why not surgically implant the testicle glands of a virile goat into the farmer's scrotum? To the surprise of everybody (and probably the goat, too), the xenotransplantation works, and Brinkley becomes an overnight sensation, with legends of his work and his subsequent call-in medical radio show reaching every corner of the United States. But when the American Medical Association gets wind of his procedure and ever-expanding empire, they spare no expense to try to bring him down. From his battle with the Kansas medical board to his circus-like independent bid for Kansas governor (with a campaign slogan borrowed from a popular laxative) to his accidental pioneering of Mexican border-blaster radio (broadcasting from over the border to circumvent American legal restrictions) and much, much more, Brinkley emerges as the ultimate manifestation of America's vigorous entrepreneurial spirit.

Director Biography
Penny Lane has made a name for herself as a director of experimental documentaries. Her first feature-length film, Our Nixon, premiered at Rotterdam and included home movies shot by President Richard Nixon's aides. Her latest film maintains this nontraditional style, using animated reenactments, interviews, and archival footage.

Sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing Company, KKNW 1150 AM, CTI BioPharma

  • Director: Penny Lane
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 79 minutes
  • Producer: James Belfer, Caitlin Mae Burke, Daniel Shepard, Penny Lane
  • Screenplay: Thom Stylinski
  • Cinematographers: Joseph Victorine
  • Editors: Thom Stylinski, Penny Lane
  • Music: Brian McOmber
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Sundance Film Festival 2016 (U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award For Editing)
  • Filmography: Our Nixon (doc, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Cartuna