HBO Acquires Documentary Shot in Second Life

Posted on September 17, 2007

Molotov Alta

HBO has acquired a documentary film shot in second life that follows the journey of Molotov Alta in Second Life. Molotov Alta is the avatar of the documentary filmmaker Douglas Gayeton. Reuters reports that Gayeton was paid a six-figure sum for the rights to the film.
HBO said on Tuesday it has acquired the rights to a short-form documentary shot entirely within Second Life, as entertainment companies increasingly turn to virtual worlds as a source for new content.

"My Second Life: The video diaries of Molotov Alta" purports to tell the story of a man who "disappeared from his California home" and began issuing video dispatches from Second Life. The popular virtual world, which has its own currency and a growing economy, has drawn millions of users who create alter egos called avatars and interact with people from around the world.
The documentary film contains seven parts. 1UP reports that HBO is so excited about the film that are submitting it for an academy award in the animated short subject category.

The film was first reported at a mystery documentary by Boing Boing back in March. It was also covered by New World Notes.
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