Congrats to former UNDO CoLab fellow Elizabeth Delaune Warren, who co-produced the 2015 documentary Pills Weiner Purchase by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg. The film, which closely follows former US Representative Anthony Weiner, was selected for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival as part of the documentary competition.
Pills Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg, USA, 2015, 95 min.
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. 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.