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Amazon Picks Up Stranger-Than-Fiction Sundance Award Winner ‘NUTS!’

Amazon Picks Up Stranger-Than-Fiction Sundance Award Winner 'NUTS!'

The 2016 Sundance Film Festival may already be a thing of the past, but that’s not stopping Amazon Studios from continuing its eye-opening acquisition slate, which now ticks up to seven films as the company has landed worldwide streaming rights to Penny Lane’s “NUTS!” The documentary, which mixes interviews with archival footage and animation, earned a Special Jury Award for Editing.

READ MORE: Filmmaker Penny Lane on Crowdfunding ‘Nuts!:’ ‘Doing a Kickstarter is a Full-Time Job’

The official Sundance synopsis reads: “‘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.”

“NUTS!” joins films like Kenneth Longeran’s “Manchester by the Sea” and Whit Stillman’s “Love and Friendship” on Netflix’s roster of Sundance pickups. No theatrical distribution partner has been announced. The deal occurred at the European Film Market in Berlin. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news on the deal.

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