Carnegie Mellon University

NUTS! by Penny Lane

April 09, 2018

NUTS! by Penny Lane

The CAS Speakers Series Presents

Monday April 9 // Gregg Hall (Porter 100) // 4:30-6:30 PM

NUTS! is a feature length documentary 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 Brinkley’s rise from poverty and obscurity to the heights of celebrity, wealth and influence in Depression-era America.

Penny Lane’s most recent feature documentary film NUTS! premiered at Sundance 2016, where it won a Special Jury Prize for Editing. Her debut feature documentary Our Nixon premiered at Rotterdam, had its North American premiere at SXSW, won the Ken Burns Award for “Best of the Festival” at Ann Arbor, and was selected as the Closing Night Film at New Directors/New Films. Her short films, such as The Voyagers (2010), have won accolades at film festivals and popularity online. Penny Lane has been called “one of the most fascinating documentarians around” (Paper Magazine) and "the great documentarian of this generation" (The Verge). Most importantly: yes, Penny Lane is her real name.

Co sponsored with The School of Art