In the realm of contemporary political scandals, none made for easier headlines (and puns) than Anthony Weiner‘s fall from grace. The Democrat whose dick pics created a media frenzy found his political career destroyed, but in 2013, he attempted a comeback in the race for New York City mayor, and that wild story is being told in the new documentary appropriately named “Weiner.”
Directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, the movie goes inside Weiner’s campaign, and finds him unable to escape his past. As he tries to address issues facing the city, he’s still having to tackle questions about his past, and whether any more skeletons will be coming out of the closet. Here’s the synopsis:
Sexts, lies, and Carlos Danger: watch the wildest political meltdown in recent history as it unfolds. It’s 2013 and Anthony Weiner — still reeling from the sex scandal that ended his political career two years earlier — is back in the spotlight as he mounts an audacious comeback campaign for New York City mayor. But it’s not long before history repeats itself and new sexting allegations leave Weiner and his aides scrambling to contain the damage. Granted unfettered access to the candidate and his campaign, filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg capture a jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes look at the political machine as it breaks down. Winner of the 2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize.
“Weiner” opens on May 20th and will hit VOD on May 26th.