Anthony Weiner was the perfect Democratic candidate: congressman, husband, father, Jewish, born in Brooklyn; impulsive, but determined and close to the people; very demanding, yet highly entertaining. He seemed unstoppable until sexually explicit photos of him leaked on the Internet, which lead to his resignation from the U.S. Congress. After letting the dust settle, Weiner made his political comeback, entering the mayoral race in New York City. He deserved a second chance, or at least, many voters thought so. Yet, it seems as though tensions, scandals, domestic problems and political crisis were just beginning for Weiner.
Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg are presenting their debut feature, Weiner, a uniquely dynamic and ferocious documentary following closely the political campaign of Anthony Weiner. Their film takes us to the backstage – as well as the sewers – of North American politics. Weiner is a straightforward portrait of the political system in a country deeply rooted in puritanism, where second chances and street heroes are irresistible magnets; and where politics, popularity, and psychosocial whirlwind often go hand in hand.
Runtime: 86 min
Direction: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg
Screenplay: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg, Eli B. Despresk
Cinematography: Josh Kriegman
OST: Jeff Beal
Cast: Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin