Ear Buds: The Podcast Documentary is a documentary from comedian/filmmakers Chris Mancini and Graham Elwood of The Comedy Film Nerds Podcast. Graham and Chris captured a lot of amazing footage and interviews with podcasters such as Marc Maron, Aisha Tyler, Jimmy Pardo, Scott Aukerman, Doug Benson, and Welcome to Night Vale at the Los Angeles Podcast Festival.
Chris and Graham immediately saw that there was a bigger story to be told. A story about the intensely personal connection in a new medium that brings the fans and the talent, or in this case podcaster, together in a way that's never been done before. This is a story about the podcaster, but more importantly about the fans, and the relationships that build over time between these people they listen to on a daily basis.
Podcasting breaks down the barriers. There are no filters. No studio notes. No editing unless the podcaster wants to. Artist go directly to the fans, and the fans get to know the podcasters. Often learning intimate details of their lives. And this forms a bond and a connection that other media simply does not come close to.
The documentary features interviews of podcasting luminaries such as Doug Benson, Marc Maron, Aisha Tyler, Jimmy Pardo, and the creative minds behind Welcome to Night Vale, Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink. And many, many more. We'll also we talking to the fans as well.
From Chris and Graham: “As podcasters ourselves, we've gotten to know the fans, often personally, and they have gotten to know us. People have told us we have helped get them through rough times, even though on the surface we are just talking about movies. So there is a connection there that we are humbled by. And we wouldn't have it any other way. Because at its digital heart, podcasting is about human connections.”