Just in case Anthony Weiner’s recent crazy shenanigans is not enough for you, SHOWTIME will debut the world television premiere of the critically-acclaimed documentary WEINER on Saturday, October 22nd at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Directed and produced by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, WEINER, which won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, offers unrestricted access into the life of former congressman Anthony Weiner and his family as they take on the 2013 New York City mayoral race in the face of an on-going high-profile scandal.
Anthony Weiner was a young congressman on the cusp of higher office when a sexting scandal forced a humiliating resignation. Just two years later, he ran for mayor of New York City, betting that his ideas would trump his indiscretions. He was wrong. With unprecedented access to Weiner, his family and his campaign team, WEINER is a thrilling look inside a political comeback-turned-meltdown. What begins as an unexpected surge to the top of the polls takes a sharp turn once Weiner is forced to admit to new sexting allegations. As the media descends and dissects his every move, Weiner desperately tries to forge ahead, but the increasing pressure and crippling 24-hour news coverage halt his political aspirations. With the city of New York as a loud and bustling backdrop, WEINER walks the line between political farce and personal tragedy as it plunges through an increasingly baffling political campaign with unflinching clarity, humor, and pathos.
WEINER joins an esteemed list of documentaries under the Showtime Documentary Films banner, many of which focus on the lives and legacies of culture-defining figures, including the Emmy(R)-nominated film LISTEN TO ME MARLON, PROPHET’S PREY, and RICHARD PRYOR: OMIT THE LOGIC. Other upcoming Showtime Documentary Films include ZERO DAYS, a thriller about the harrowing depiction of cyber warfare and its global implications; GRINGO: THE DANGEROUS LIFE OF JOHN McAFEE, a deep investigation into the mysterious life of visionary anti-virus entrepreneur John McAfee; a feature-length documentary about the extraordinary life and times of comic legend John Belushi; and a film exploring the incredible career and complicated life of Whitney Houston.