Artist Projects


Penny Lane

NUTS! is the amazing true story of John Romulus Brinkley, who in 1917 discovers that he can cure impotence by transplanting goat testicles into men. Tens of thousands of men beat a path to his door, and an empire is born. Using an energetic mix of documentary footage, animated reenactments 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 amasses an enormous fortune; is almost elected Governor of Kansas; builds the world’s most powerful radio station; invents the infomercial, the sound truck and Border Radio; hosts some epic parties; and forces the federal government to start regulating medicine, communications and advertising. How he does it, and what happens when it all comes crashing down, is the story of NUTS!

Project Updates

  • 2014: NUTS! receives a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

  • 2016: NUTS! will world premiere in the U.S. Documentary competition at Sundance 2016. The film will then travel directly to the International Film Festival Rotterdam for its international premiere.

  • 2014: NUTS! receives a grant from the Tribeca Film Institute’s TFI Documentary Fund