With Academy Award winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) premiering a work-in-progress version of his Untitled Eliot Spitzer Film at the Tribeca Film Festival in a little over a week, the first clip from the documentary has been released on Fortune. While many might only remember former New York governor Spitzer getting caught seeing prostitutes, before the bust, most thought he was on his way to even bigger things. After all, when he got busted, he was incredibly popular and the bust was shocking. The documentary goes behind the scenes with new interviews with the former CEO of Emperors Club, friends, enemies of the ex-governor, and Eliot Spitzer himself. Check out the first clip after the jump:
Here’s the synopsis we were sent.
This work-in-progress documentary from the Academy Award®-winning director of Taxi to the Dark Side takes an in-depth look at the rapid rise and dramatic fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. Nicknamed “the Sheriff of Wall Street” when he was New York’s attorney general, Eliot Spitzer prosecuted crimes by America’s largest financial institutions and some of the most powerful executives in the country. After his election as governor with the largest margin in the state’s history, many believed Spitzer was on his way to becoming the nation’s first Jewish president.
Then, suddenly, shockingly, Spitzer’s meteoric rise turned into a precipitous fall when the New York Times revealed that Spitzer-the paragon of rectitude-had been caught seeing prostitutes. As his powerful enemies gloated, his supporters questioned the timing of it all: as the sheriff fell, so did the financial markets, in a cataclysm that threatened to unravel the global economy. With unique access to friends, acquaintances, and enemies of the ex-governor (many of whom have come forward for the first time), this film explores the hidden contours of this tale of hubris, sex, and power.