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What happens after we die? - a scene from The Immortal Augustus Gladstone

Here's a clip from The Immortal Augustus Gladstone (a movie directed by Myst co-creator Robyn Miller and presented by Boing Boing), which shows people on the streets of Portland explaining what happens after we die.

Also, The Immortal Augustus Gladstone is now available on iTunes!

New Augustus Gladstone game: AWOL in P-Town

Can you find Augustus Gladstone in this gigapixel photo of Portland? I was the 10th person to find him! AWOL in P-Town

The Immortal Augustus Gladstone online screening, Feb 24

Join The Immortal Augustus Gladstone director Robyn Miller and producer Mischa Jakupcak for a live chat at the online screening February 24, 2014 at 7pm PT. Tickets to the online show are available on a pay-what-you-will basis (including free!).

From the creator of Myst comes a story of alienation and love in the digital age. Meet Augustus Gladstone, a 156-year-old eccentric who seeks celebrity and craves connection via social networks. But the line between fantasy and reality is blurred when a documentary film crew prods too deeply into Augustus’ private life, sparking an irreversible chain of events. The Immortal Augustus Gladstone has been released online on a limited basis through the popular blog, Boing Boing, Vimeo and VHX. The soundtrack featuring the music from the film which Robyn composed and the wide release of the film on iTunes is scheduled for April 1st, 2014. This rare opportunity should be exciting! We urge you to grab some popcorn, get comfy and settle in for a groundbreaking film experience with its creators.

The Immortal Augustus Gladstone online screening

Interview with special effects pioneer Dennis Muren and Myst's Robyn Miller

Dennis Murren has more Academy Awards than any other living person (eight). And for good reason. He has supervised the special effects for the movies of Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, and George Lucas. In the 1960s, when Muren was a teenager, he and some friends he'd met through an ad in the pages of Famous Monsters of Filmland made an effects-laden horror movie called Equinox on a budget of $6500. It was released in 1970 and has since become a cult classic. In 2006 The Criterion Collection released an edition of Equinox.

The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, the new movie written and directed by Robyn Miller and presented by Boing Boing, uses footage from Equinox. I recently spoke to Dennis and Robyn about Equinox, and you can watch the interview here.

Note: There are a few free tickets still available to the Los Angeles screening of The Immortal Augustus Gladstone on Saturday night.

Exclusive free BB event in Los Angeles: screening of The Immortal Augustus Gladstone

Hey Los Angeles Boing Boing readers! You are invited to a free and exclusive screening for Boing Boing's feature film, The Immortal Augustus Gladstone. It's this Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PST) at the Cinefamily Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax in West Hollywood.

From the creator of Myst comes a genre-defying tale of mystery, alienation and love in the digital age. Meet Augustus Gladstone, an eccentric who craves celebrity and connection via social networks. Augustus charms his fans with claims of immortality and a glamorous life history. But a documentary film crew prods too deeply into Augustus’ private life, raising questions about truth, identity, and friendship.

After the screening, I will interview Robyn Miller, the writer, director, and star of the movie.

Reserve tickets to The Immortal Augustus Gladstone screening here.

How Robyn Miller became Augustus Gladstone

I was surprised to discover that Robyn Miller played the lead role in The Immortal Augustus Gladstone. Robyn's look and mannerisms are so different from the character he plays. He's a good actor! I was curious about the physical transformation Robyn underwent become Augustus. This video provides the answers. I love that Augustus' wig was based on Criswell from Plan 9 From Outer Space.

Also, The Washington Post gave The Immortal Augustus Gladstone a great review!

Robyn Miller, director of The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, takes your questions on Reddit's Ask Me Anything

Robyn Miller, co-creator of the massive hit videogames Myst and Riven, and director of 2013's The Immortal Augustus Gladstone (see my video interview with Robyn here), is going to take questions on Reddit's Ask Me Anything at 11am PT today (27 December 2013).


Robyn as Augustus Gladstone, who wears a toupee because of an absolute lack of hair.

Interview with The Immortal Augustus Gladstone director Robyn Miller

From Robyn Miller, co-creator of Myst and Riven, comes The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, the story of an eccentric southerner who claims to be 150 years old. While squatting in an abandoned hotel, Augustus tells outrageous tales of befriending Andy Warhol, living with French counts and mingling with vampires.At last Augustus set off in search of a lost descendant in an attempt to bring meaning to his immortal existence. Boing Boing, the directory of wonderful things, is proud to present this feature film! Visit The Immortal Augustus Gladstone website to download the movie.

In this video, I interviewed Robyn about the origins and making of the movie.

Maiah Wynne plays "The Things I Keep (Ballad for Augustus)" on ukulele

Maiah Wynne performs a marvelous song that she and Troy Dunn wrote about Augustus Gladstone, the subject of Boing Boing's movie, The Immortal Augustus Gladstone. The film is now for sale as a DRM-free download for US$5.59!

The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, Boing Boing's first movie, is now available for download!

We are excited to announce the release of The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, a feature film written and directed by Robyn Miller (co-creator of the Myst and Riven videogames), and the soundtrack to the movie, also composed by Robyn. This is Boing Boing's first movie, and if you are wondering why Boing Boing would be involved in a movie, the above video will answer that question. (tldr; we loved it!)

It's now on sale as a DRM-free MP4 file for just $5.59, and the soundtrack is also for sale for $6.99.

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Ballad to Augustus, by Rabbit and Poe

One of my favorite things about Boing Boing's movie, The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, is the soundtrack, which was composed by Robyn Miller (also the film's writer and director) on a Teenage Engineering OP-1 synthesizer (Here's Robyn's review of the tiny but amazing synthesizer.)

The song above, "Ballad to Augustus," was not composed by Robyn. It was written and performed by Alex Miller, and we like it so much that we are including it on the 22-track soundtrack, which you can buy as a DRM-free MP3 album for $6.99.

The Immortal Augustus Gladstone - Soundtrack

Augustus Gladstone Speaks - a teaser for Boing Boing's first movie

Welcome to the first episode in an on-going series about Augustus Gladstone, created from footage not used in the motion picture The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, Boing Boing's first movie, written and directed by Myst co-creator Robyn Miller!

Pre-order the movie as a DRM-free download for $4.40.

The surprising truth behind the dapper, impoverished vampire in The Immortal Augustus Gladstone

Robyn Miller is one of the most interesting people I know. I first learned of Robyn in 1993 when I was an editor at Wired and I received an early review copy of a spooky and beautiful puzzle adventure game called Myst, which Robyn and his brother Rand created (Robyn also created all the ethereal music for Myst and its follow-up title, Riven). Myst subsequently became the best-selling adventure game of all time. (Read Jon Carroll's 2004 Wired article, "Guerrillas in the Myst," about Rand and Robyn, and check out Rand's successful Kickstarter for Rand's new adventure game Obduction.)

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Augustus Gladstone shows his library

[Video Link] Augustus Gladstone, the gentleman who lives in an abandoned hotel, has a new video in which he shows his large library of files and drawings from a lifetime of collecting.

Video tour by a guy who lives in an abandoned hotel


[Video Link] A dapper fellow by the name of Augustus Gladstone (is that his real name?) posted a video to Youtube showing the room he lives in. It's a whimsically decorated place, but it's not until he takes you out into the empty hallway that it gets a little weird. He explains, "There ain't really any people who live here no more; I've got my one little place and that's about it." He goes on to tell us about the potential of moving into other vacant rooms and stealing electricity from the basement. Toward the end, he says, "No one is aware that I'm here."

Be sure to check out his other videos, too. He is quite a character.