Be careful when emailing or texting this next one, folks. “Weiner,” which won Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize for Documentary a few short months ago, now has a revealing trailer. Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg started following Anthony Weiner’s bid for mayor of New York City when the former congressman was making his comeback following a much-publicized sexting scandal; what they ended up capturing was another political meltdown.
The co-directors were given full access to the campaign, and it shows here: This is Carlos Danger as you’ve never seen him before. Candid, behind-the-scenes footage shows him contemplating the state of his campaign, attempting to keep media attention focused on his policies and wondering why he agreed to be filmed like this in the first place. Weiner was thought of as one of the Democratic Party’s most promising young members before the dual scandals rocked his career.
After playing Sundance, “Weiner” went on to screen at the prestigious New Directors/New Films and True/False film festivals. Sundance Selects will release it theatrically on May 20.