The upcoming documentary “Nuts!,” follows the “mostly true story” of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric Kansas doctor who discovered he could cure impotence by surgically implanting goat testicles inside male patients. It was so successful that he started raising his own goats to meet the demand. Brinkley later goes on to build the country’s 4th most powerful radio station, runs for political office, and steadily amass a baffling fortune. Drawing upon archival materials and animated sequences, “Nuts!” examines hubris through equal parts comedy and pathos as it delves into the heart of one of America’s strangest public figures. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below, animated by Julia Veldman, featuring Dr. Brinkley defending his goat-testicle impotence cure against attacks from the medical establishment.
Director Penny Lane says at this point in Brinkley’s life, “goat testicles have made him wealthy, and radio has made him famous. There are plenty of people who think he is a disgrace and would love to put him out of business for good. But he’s got a lot of fans.”
Lane directed the documentary “Our Nixon,” which examined the Nixon presidency using exclusively archival materials, such as Nixon Super 8 home movies, the White House tapes, news reports, and more.
“Nuts!” premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Award for editing. It will have its theatrical premiere on Wednesday June 22 at New York’s Film Forum with other cities to follow.