Second Life Doc Debuts

Dutch production company Submarine today began rolling out Molotov Alva and His Search for the Creator: A Second Life Odyssey, a documentary made entirely in Linden Labs’ online virtual reality community known as Second Life. The unique production will unfold in ten episodes at www.molotovalva.com.

Molotov Alva and His Search for the Creator: A Second Life Odyssey is a compilation of ten video diaries made by Molotov Alva, who disappeared from the face of the earth in January of 2007, only to reappear in Second Life. The diaries form the basis of the documentary directed by Douglas Gayeton, who wrote and directed the 1995 feature film based on cyberpunk author William Gibson’s Johnny Mnemonic.

The first episode of Molotov previously launched on YouTube and was one of the video site’s most viewed entries for several days, getting the attention of broadcasters. Submarine has since sold the North American television rights to HBO. The doc will also be broadcast by VPRO television and Dutch digital channel Holland Doc in August.

Founded in 2000 by Bruno Felix and Femke Wolting, Submarine specializes in documentaries, animated series and video games. The company recently produced the documentaries Viktor & Rolf: Because We Are Worth It! and My Life as a Terrorist: The Story of Hans-Joachim Klein. Currently in production is Peter Greenaway’s new documentary, J’Accuse. Molotov Alva and His Search for the Creator: A Second Life Odyssey is the first mini-movie in a series of eight documentaries produced specifically for online video channels, iPods and mobile phones. The company can be found on the web at www.submarine.nl.