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‘Weiner’ documentary filmmakers talk about the scandal’s significance




Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) announces his resignation June 16, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The resignation comes 10 days after the congressman admitted to sending lewd photos of himself on Twitter to multiple women.
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) announces his resignation June 16, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The resignation comes 10 days after the congressman admitted to sending lewd photos of himself on Twitter to multiple women.
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A new all-access documentary tracks former Congressman Anthony Weiner during his campaign to be mayor of New York City while dogged by an interminable sex scandal.

Simply called "Weiner," viewers are shown the inner workings of his marriage to Human Abedin, renowned for being a right-hand operative for Hillary Clinton.

During the campaign, the couple hopes Weiner's political policies can trump his lies over his Twitter "sexting" scandal. Filmed and edited in a simple, cinema verite style, what was supposed to be a political comeback story turns into a meltdown as new sexting allegations are exposed, including Weiner's alterego "Carlos Danger," and the media pounce on every salacious detail and x-rated photo.

On AirTalk, Larry will interview the filmmakers, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg.

How did the filmmakers get such intimate access? What is gained and what is lost by the documentary being verite style - minus straightforward interviews and analysis? Was Huma Abedin as accessible for filming as Anthony Weiner? Did the couple express concerns about the film being released as Clinton campaigns for the Democratic nomination for president?

From distributor Sundance Selects, “Weiner” opens today at select theatres across the country including The Landmark in West LA.

Guests:

Josh Kriegman, Filmmaker, "Weiner"

Elyse Steinberg, Filmmaker, "Weiner