WEINER, a documentary about former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, is explored with directors Elyse Steinberg & Josh Kriegman. The directors explain how they attempted to portray Weiner as more than just a tabloid punchline by painting a more nuanced, complex portrait of him and his wife. We look at the humiliation of Weiner’s sexting scandal and go inside his mayoral campaign as we examine how headlines about politicians’ personal lives distract from the issues that matter, in this episode of BYOD hosted by Ondi Timoner.
WEINER is an examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign and today’s political landscape.
Elyse Steinberg wrote, produced, and directed the acclaimed feature documentary THE TRIAL OF SADDAM HUSSEIN (PBS,) an exposé on what really happened at the former dictator’s trial. Her other credits include directing & producing for MTV, A&E, and the PBS series NEED TO KNOW where she focused on issues of prison reform and juvenile justice. Steinberg’s latest project is the documentary film WEINER.
Josh Kriegman directed, shot, and produced WEINER, his first independent feature documentary. He has previously directed non-fiction film and television, including for PBS and MTV, where he produced episodes for the 2010 Emmy Award-winning season of MADE. Prior to that, Kriegman worked as a political consultant and campaign advisor for local and national candidates.