The world’s two leading movie streaming services have been on a race to release their documentary coverage of the disastrous Fyre Festival. Well, it seems Hulu has beaten Netflix to the punch, airing its documentary Fyre Fraud today, January 14.
Produced and distributed by The Cinemart, Hulu, Billboard, and Mic, the 96-minute documentary chronicles the lead-up and aftermath of the 2017 music festival debacle. Once inside, viewers are exposed to an in-depth interview with 25-year old entrepreneur and Fyre fraudster Billy MacFarland, who made false promises of a luxury destination event, leaving attendees in chaos and refugee camp conditions. McFarland is currently serving out a six-year prison term after pleading guilty to wire fraud charges. Yet, through a telling and borderline sociopathic response, the Fyre CEO remains defensive and unapologetic over defrauding investors out of more than $26 million.
Directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, the film thoroughly dissects McFarland’s elaborate schemes and at the social media millennial “FOMO” culture that bread the scam, despite repeated red flags. The Emmy-nominated, Peabody-award winning filmmakers describe their production as “a cautionary tale for a generation.”
“Billy McFarland offers us a window into the mind of a con artist, the insidious charm of the fraudster and how they can capture our imaginations, our investment, and our votes in the age of Trump…Our aim was to set the stage for a strange journey into the moral abyss of our digital age, going beyond the meme to show an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and willing to look the other way, for their own gain.”
It will certainly be interesting to see how the networks piece together the same story. FYRE: The Greatest Party that Never Happened will be aired on Netflix, January 18. View the official trailer below.
Source:Billboard. Photo credit: Mark Lennihan/AP.