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  • Corridor Theater 1060 River St. #111 Santa Cruz CA (map)


Documentary Feature, 1 hr, 19 mins


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Synopsis: 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 Brinkleys 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 worlds 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!

Director: Penny Lane is a Sundance award-winning nonfiction filmmaker who was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film" in 2012 and a Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Award winner in 2016. Penny Lane is her real name. Nuts! is her second feature-length film.

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