Many politicians have seen their careers careen off the tracks, but few instances have been captured so completely on film as the incisive and painfully funny Weiner.

COMPLETED

Filmmakers: Josh Kriegman / Elyse Steinberg
Country: USA
Runtime: 96 mins
Year: 2016
Format: HD




STORY

With unprecedented access to Anthony Weiner, his family, and his campaign team as they mount his New York City mayoral campaign, the film documents the impending political meltdown of epic proportions. What begins as an unexpected comeback from a disgraced ex-congressman takes a sharp turn once Weiner is forced to admit to new sexting allegations. As the media descends and rips apart his every move, Weiner tries desperately to forge ahead, but the increasing pressure and crippling 24-hour news coverage halts his political aspirations dead in their tracks.

Weiner deftly teeters the line between political farce and personal tragedy, exposing the ex-congressman’s hubris while highlighting the sheer ugliness of the media’s takedown of his family. With the city of New York as a loud and bustling backdrop, this documentary charges through an increasingly baffling political campaign with unflinching clarity, humor, and pathos.


PRESS

'The gift that keeps on giving.' ★★★★★ - The Guardian

"A must-watch for political junkies...riveting" ★★★★ Time Out

'The best documentary about a political campaign ever made' - Indiewire 

"One of the most vital documentaries of our time" ★★★★ Little White Lies

'A rollicking and never-dull insider’s view of a political campaign' - Variety

'Fast, funny, insightful, and outrageous' - Vanity Fair


DIRECTORS BIO

Josh Kriegman

Josh Kriegman directed, shot, and produced Weiner, his first independent feature documentary. He has previously directed non-fiction film and television for PBS and MTV, among others. Prior to filmmaking, Kriegman worked as a political consultant and campaign advisor for local and national candidates—including for Congressman Weiner, years before the sexting scandal that led to his resignation.


Elyse Steinberg

Elyse Steinberg wrote, produced, and directed the acclaimed feature documentary The Trial of Saddam Hussein (PBS), an explosive exposé on what really happened at the former dictator’s trial. Her other credits include directing and producing for MTV, A&E, and the PBS series Need to Know, about prison reform and juvenile justice. Steinberg's latest project is the documentary film Weiner.


CREDITS

Director: Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg

Screenwriter: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg and Eli Despres

Producer: Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg

Cinematographer: Josh Kriegman

Editor: Eli Despres

Assistant Editor: Sean McGing

Composer: Jeff Beal

Co-Producer: Elizabeth Delaune Warren and Sean McGing

Executive Producer: Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn and Lily Fan

Co-Executive Producer: James Rees, Hilary Verbuch and Barbara Delaune Warren



AWARDS

BAFTA - nominated for Best Documentary

Sundance Film Festival 2016
US - Grand Jury Prize: Documentary  

Critic's Choice Documentary Awards - Best First Feature

Montclair Film Festival 2016 -
David Carr Award for Truth in Non-Ficton Filmmaking

Champs Elysees Film Festival -Jury Prize for American Independent Feature

Nominated - Gotham Award for Best Documentary 2016

Nominated - IDA Award for Best Feature Documentary

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Sundance Film Festival 2016

TrueFalse Film Festival 2016

HotDocs 2016

Montclair Film Festival 2016

Champs Elysees Film Festival 2016

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2016

RiverRun 2016

Sydney Film Festival 2016

Sundance Film Festival: London 2016

Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival 2016

Zurich Film Festival 2016

Hamburg Film Festival 2016

Eurasia Film Festival 2016

Melbourne International Film Festival 2016

IndieBo 2016

DokuFest 2016

Moscow International Film Festival 2016

New Zealand International Film Festival 2016

Jerusalem International Film Festival 2016

Miami International Film Festival 2016