Nearly two years after it engulfed the Internet, the Disastrous Fyre Festival was recently chronicled in two separate streaming documentaries. Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened hit Netflix on January 18. It was preceded earlier that week by Fyre Fraud which is streaming on Hulu. Billy McFarland's failed 2017 concert event on a Bahamian island promised to be a premium experience and instead delivered cold cheese sandwiches and FEMA tents for housing. The entire fiasco was largely perceived as an indictment of Millennial materialism and the questionable coercion of social media influencers.
After viewing one or both films, viewers may still have some outstanding questions about the Fyre fallout. Woodstock and some of the lingering issues the documentaries raised.
. Why did Billy McFarland attend the Hulu Documentary?
Billy McFarland-who is currently serving a six-year federal sentence for the wire fraud perpetuated to raise money for the Fyre Festival-was conspicuously absent from Netflix's Fyre seen only in archival footage. Viewers of Fyre Fraud on Hulu, however, watched as McFarland sat for an interview and blinked into the camera.
That participation, it. (He was filmed prior to his sentencing.)
That participation, it Turns out, what a matter of money. According to Fyre Fraud co-director Jenner Furst, McFarland was asked to pay an eight-hour interview and share footage of himself and other festival planners. McFarland but told The wrestler it was less than the $ 250,000 figure being reported by some outlets. According to Chris Smith, director of the Netflix documentary, McFarland is willing to sit for his movie-for $ 100,000 in cash. Smith declined, feeling that it was rubbing salt in the wound of the vendors and other individuals who had been diagnosed as being a result of the festival.
2. Did Pablo Escobar really own the island?
Fyre's organizers and social media planners made considerable remarks that the "private island" where they originally planned to hold the festival was once owned by Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. It's not entirely clear why the lore would be appealing, but in any case, it's not actually true. The event was on Great Exuma, which was never owned by Escobar. An Escobar associate, Carlos Lehder, once owned by a neighboring island, called Norman's Cay, which was originally intended to be used as the festival site.
3. McFarland and his team are waiting for a moment in pop culture.
McFarland and his team are waiting for a moment in pop culture. Fyre hired Matte Projects, a production company, to follow them around and gather footage; Netflix's film is therefore used by Jerry Media, the ad agency hired to promote the festival, who was filing a daily vlog of the company's experiences with McFarland.
4. Did any attendees get a refund?
Some did-but not from Fyre. Many attendees paid between $ 500 to $ 2000 for admission, not including deposits to wristbands that were meant to facilitate a "cashless" weekend. Despite a rash of lawsuits, there are no reports of fyre refunding ticket prices or settling court judgments. Instead, some fortunate customers contested the charges with their credit card companies and were unable to recover the transactions.
5. Will these two movies made about the festival?
Probably not. Seth Rogen tweeted The Lonely Island creators Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer were still working on a fictional feature film about a music festival that "goes horribly wrong." It's unclear whether the festival inspired the project, but at that point, it would be a hard thing for any screenwriter to ignore.
The wild, native pigs of Great Exuma were fyre organizers, who frolicking with the oinking mascots. Later, though it's unclear whether any festivalgoer was actually harmed by them. One attendee actually called encountering the highlight of an otherwise miserable experience. "Fyre is a huge sh * t show but it has not been a total loss. I got to meet [a] swimming pig yesterday, "he wrote.