Documentary filmmaker Tiller Russell is teaming with audio-first media company Double Elvis for The Dangerous Art of the Documentary, a new interview podcast covering the world of documentary filmmaking.
Premiering on August 11 with three episodes, the podcast will feature Russell (Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer, Operation Odessa) exploring the stories behind the making of several successful documentaries through in-depth interviews with their makers. The first season will see Russell speaking to such filmmakers as Allen Hughes (The Defiant Ones), James Gay-Rees (Amy, Senna), the Way brothers (Wild Wild Country, Untold), Jaimie D’Cruz (Exit Through the Gift Shop), Joe Berlinger (Conversations with a Serial Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes), Mark Lewis (Don’t F*** with Cats) and Emmett Malloy (Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell).
“In every documentary there’s the story that the movie tells, and then there’s a shadow story, which is the crazy caper that’s involved in actually making it,” said Russell. “In every case, all the world sees is the finished piece of work. But there’s this other, subterranean story about what it takes to make it.”
Russell went on to say that he was excited to take on the project because of his admiration for Double Elvis’ work, and his excitement about podcasting as a medium. “I think some of the most original work that’s being done in non-fiction is in podcasting right now, because it’s a new, flexible and malleable medium,” he said.
The filmmaker added that he seldom gets to spend time on other people’s sets, as documentary filmmaking is a “lonely medium.” The podcast, therefore, provides an opportunity for him to discuss that process with others in his field in a way he seldom gets to.
“What I really enjoyed about the process of this particular podcast is that it’s a rambling, free-flowing conversation that has an immediate and present-tense nature,” Russell said. “It’s a candid, warts-and-all conversation, and it goes wherever it wants to go.”
Russell added that he hopes the podcast can be just the first project in a longer partnership with Double Elvis.
“The foundation of Double Elvis is built on edge-of-your-seat storytelling. No one is better than that in the documentary space than Tiller Russell,” commented Double Elvis co-founder Jake Brennan. “We strive to explore different narratives in our podcasts, and with Tiller Russell’s reputation for innovation in documentary storytelling, our partnership with him has been seamless, and has also allowed us to get an in-depth look into the different mediums of art that we haven’t previously covered in our shows.”
Following The Dangerous Art of Documentary‘s August 11 premiere, new episodes of the podcast will drop every Thursday.