• Portrait of Colgate Professor Penny Lane
    The San Francisco Chronicle writes: It’s a documentarian’s job to depict reality and truth. But what if the reality itself is in question? That was the conundrum filmmaker Penny Lane — her real name — faced when putting together her found-footage documentary The Pain of Others.
    June 11, 2018
  • Several Colgate alumni are involved with Oscar-nominated documentaries, including David Fialkow ’81, who produced Icarus, and Nick Verbitsky ’91, who co-produced Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.
    February 23, 2018
  • Flaherty Film Seminar participants sit outside and engage in conversation
    They came. They saw. They confabbed — on culture and identity politics, the ethical responsibilities of a documentarian, and the proper balance of race and ethnicity in a program lineup. Then, the 170 attendees of this year’s Flaherty Film Seminar, held at Colgate from June 18 to 24, disbanded. For the university — Flaherty’s home […]
    July 14, 2016
  • It’s too early to suggest that NUTS! will be a seminal work in the career of documentary filmmaker Penny Lane, assistant professor of art and art history. But reviews pouring in from the Sundance Film Festival, where Lane recently premiered the story of goat testicle transplant pioneer Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, have roundly praised the […]
    January 28, 2016
  • animation from the movie NUTS! showing Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire in Depression-era America with a goat testicle impotence cure
    NUTS!, a new documentary film by assistant professor of art and art history Penny Lane, will premiere at next month’s Sundance Film Festival. NUTS! tells the story of John Romulus Brinkley, who, in 1917, offered a cure for impotence by transplanting goat testicles. “Sundance is by far the premiere venue to launch an American independent […]
    December 7, 2015
  • The “scent” of a locality is an invisible, unquantifiable aura that can be difficult to capture on film. Yet, it was the course of study for the 61st Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, hosted by Colgate for the eighth year.
    July 1, 2015
  • Update: The film Our Nixon, directed by Colgate professor Penny Lane, premieres August 30  in select U.S. cities. Since its premiere on CNN earlier this month it has drawn a lot of attention, including a Daily Beast commentary by Ben Stein, the economist known to many as a movie and television personality. Lane responded to Stein here. […]
    August 28, 2013