About two years after the Internet was devoured, the catastrophic Fyre Festival was recently documented in two separate streaming documentaries. Fyre: The largest party that never happened met Netflix on January 18th. Earlier this week, Fyre Fraud headed for Hulu. Both films examine the poor planning that led to the event organizer Billy McFarland's failed concert event on a Bahamian island in 2017, which promised a first-class experience and instead provided cold cheese sandwiches and FEMA tents for the living area. The entire fiasco was largely perceived as an indictment of millennial materialism and the questionable compulsion of social media influencers.
After watching one or both movies, viewers may still have some questions about the Fyre Fallout. We know the following about stubborn Woodstock and some of the ongoing issues that have cropped up in documentary films.
Why did Billy McFarland participate in the Hulu documentation?
Billy McFarland, who is currently serving a six-year prison sentence for conspiring to collect money for the Fyre Festival because of his scam, was conspicuously absent in Netflix Fyre only in archive footage see. Viewers of Fyre Fraud on Hulu watched as McFarland sat down for an interview and squinted at the camera. (He was filmed before his conviction.) Although he did not offer much substance and issued a series of "no comments," some people were surprised that he even decided to cooperate.
This participation, it turned out, was a matter of money. According to Fyre Fraud co-director Jenner Furst, McFarland was paid to sit for an eight-hour interview and share behind-the-scenes footage of herself and other festival planners. Furst would not disclose the exact amount they had paid to McFarland, but told The Ringer that it was less than the $ 250,000 reported by some outlets. McFarland was also ready to sit for his film, $ 100,000 in cash, according to Chris Smith, the director of the Netflix documentary. Smith declined, saying it was rubbing salt into the wounds of sellers and other people who had suffered financially as a result of the festival.
. 2 Did Pablo Escobar really own the island?
Fyre social media organizers and planners noted that the "private island" where the festival was originally planned was once owned by the Colombian drug king Pablo Escobar. It is not clear why it would be interesting to associate the festival site with a notorious drug lord, but in any case it is not true. The event took place on Great Exuma, which was never owned by Escobar. An Escobar employee, Carlos Lehder, once owned a neighboring island called Norman's Cay, which the organizers of Fyre originally wanted to use as a festival site.
. 3 Why was there so much material about planning the festival?
Chalking it to the age of social media and the desire to document every moment that McFarland and his team expected to be a watershed in pop culture. Fyre commissioned Matte Projects, a production company, to accompany them and collect material. Netflix Film also used footage shot by an employee of Jerry Media, the commercial advertising agency, who created a daily vlog about McFarland's experience with the company.
. 4 Did participants receive a refund?
Some did – but not Fyre. Many participants paid between $ 500 and $ 2,000 for approval, with the exception of wristbands that were designed to allow a "cashless" weekend. Despite numerous lawsuits, there are no reports that Fyre reimburses ticket prices or settles court orders. Instead, some lucky customers denied their credit card companies and were able to reverse the transactions.
. 5 Will these be the only two films made about the festival?
Probably not. After the film's premiere, actor Seth Rogen tweeted that he and the creators of Lonely Island's Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer were still working on a fictional feature film about a music festival that "goes terribly wrong." It's not clear if the festival inspired the project, but at this point it would be hard for a writer to ignore.
. 6 Did anyone actually swim with the pigs?
The wild, native pigs of Great Exuma were of great interest to the organizers of Fyre, who sent commercials from models who fooled around with the mascots. Later, reports emerged that patrons were being addressed by "wild animals," though it is unclear whether a festival visitor was actually damaged by them. One participant actually called the encounter the culmination of an otherwise wretched experience. "Fyre is a huge show, but it was not a total loss. I met a swimming pig yesterday [a]"he wrote.