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.
About Douglas Gayeton
Douglas Gayeton directed and wrote Molotov Alva and His Search for the Creator: A Second Life Odyssey (2008). He is a director and writer also known for The Story of an Egg (2012) and Lost in Italy (2003).
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