As Anthony Weiner navigates the fallout (his wife, Huma Abedin, announced plans to separate from him on Monday morning) of yet another alleged sexting scandal — his second since landing in hot water after tweeting explicit photos of himself to a woman via Twitter in 2011 — buzz surrounding the recently-released documentary about his life, aptly titled Weiner, has reached an all-time high.
The social and political aftermath of #Weinergate 2011 is intensely chronicled in Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s sometimes endearing, often uncomfortably funny, endlessly fascinating portrait of the former New York congressman.
First screened in January at the Sundance Film Festival, Weiner earned rave reviews for its honest glimpse into the life of a man who, by most accounts, meant well as he attempted to run for mayor of New York City, though operating in the shadow of his personal demons ultimately derailed his bid for a political comeback.
“We really do think that the film is about more than just Anthony’s story and his scandal and the campaign,” Kriegman previously told EW of the film, which shows Wiener was bombarded with questions about his personal life as he tried to address real political issues throughout his mayoral campaign. “We hope that it gives an opportunity to raise questions about the nature of our politics — and how so much of our politics is driven by spectacle and appetite for entertainment and sensationalism. And you see that play out in Anthony’s campaign. He’s trying desperately to talk about issues and he can’t.”
Steinberg added: “One of the things that’s been exciting for us is that there’s been a range of reactions to Anthony. That was our goal going in. We wanted to show a wide range, including the reactions of us, all of us, as consumers of his scandal. I mean, of course the photos changes how we see it. The goal was to show these different forces at work.”
Showtime announced Monday it will premiere the documentary on television for the first time, with an airing planned for Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. ET on the network. Weiner is currently available to watch On Demand and to rent on iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, Amazon, and Google Play. See the film’s full trailer in the video below.