Last October, Fyre Festival founder and promoter Billy McFarland received a six-year prison sentence and was ordered to forfeit $26 million after pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud.
That’s probably not how anyone involved thought things would turn out for the would-be music festival, yet here we are.
Filmmaker Chris Smith (“American Movie,” “Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond’} looks at what went wrong with the Bahamas excursion in the new Netflix documentary, “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.”
Pitched as a luxury music festival by McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, the Fyre Festival sold out within two days and was promoted on Instagram by such influencers as Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski (most of whom didn’t reveal that they were being paid to do so).
It ended up being closer to “Lord of the Flies,” with none of the promised amenities or bands materializing and the whole event devolving into a survivalist nightmare.
“Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” premieres Friday, January 18, on Netflix.
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