Past events

DocLab Live: Immersive Showcase 22 Nov 2016 at 20:00

Immersive storytelling is going through an unprecedented evolution. But where does the hype end and do new art forms take shape?

Industry Session: Putting Your Audience in the Story 22 Nov 2016 at 12:00

Virtual reality pioneer Zillah Watson tells you all about storytelling in emerging consumer technology.

Industry Talk: The (Un)defined Business of Interactive 22 Nov 2016 at 15:00

With over 10 years of digital non-fiction art production behind us, this talk explores future developments of interactive storytelling and how to fund it.

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Molotov Alva and His Search for the Creator

Shot entirely in Second Life, an “avatar” sets out to document the virtual world around him.

In January 2007, a man named Molotov Alva, disappeared from his Californian home. Shortly thereafter, a series of video dispatches by a traveler of the same name appeared within a popular online world called Second Life. Filmmaker Douglas Gayeton (interview) came across these video dispatches and put them together into a documentary of ten episodes, shot entirely in Second Life. An instant YouTube classic, “My Second Life” as the show was originally called, was snapped up by HBO and received rave reviews in the US. Molotov Alva and His Search for the Creator was screened at Cannes Short Film Corner, South by SouthWest, Web Flash Film Festival (Centre Pompidou, Paris), HotDocs, and more.

Project details

Year of development :2007
Created by:Douglas Gayeton
With:VPRO, Submarine

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