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Sundance Documentary ‘Nuts!’ Set for Theatrical Release in June

Penny Lane’s documentary “Nuts!” has been set for a theatrical release in June through Michael Tuckman’s mTuckman Media, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film won the Special Jury Award for Editing for Lane and Thom Stylinski at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It will open at New York City’s Film Forum on June 22, followed by a platform release in select cities across America throughout the summer.

Nuts!” centers on John Romulus Brinkley, a Kansas doctor who in 1917 discovered that he could cure impotence by transplanting goat testicles into men. “Nuts!” traces Brinkley’s rise from poverty and obscurity to the heights of celebrity, wealth and influence as he transplanted thousands of goat testicles, amassed an enormous fortune, invented junk mail and the infomercial and built the world’s most powerful radio station.

The film received notice last when Lane wrote a widely circulated letter to Tribeca Film Festival criticizing the inclusion of “Vaxxed,” blasting the festival for putting its credibility at risk and calling director Andrew Wakefield a “disgraced quack.” The festival decided on March 26 to pull the film from its lineup.

“My contribution to the conversation about quackery and documentary film is this film, which, unlike a Facebook post, took almost eight years to make,” Lane said. “I made the film because I care deeply about this issue and I wanted to understand exactly how quacks like Andrew Wakefield operate and why we fall for them.”

Amazon picked up the SVOD rights in February. “Nuts!” will be screening at nine upcoming festivals: Hot Docs, Full Frame, San Francisco, Ashland, Sarasota, Calgary Underground, Cleveland, BAFICI and Holland Animation Film Festival.

The film was produced by Cartuna, a digital media brand focused on animated comedy for adults. Cartuna is currently working on the R-rated animated feature “The Adventures of Drunky,” starring Sam Rockwell, Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Coogan, Nina Arianda, Dave Attell and Tyler the Creator.

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