The film takes us behind the scenes with footage from Billy McFarland, Jason Bell, and Ja Rule as they all try to build a festival on a remote island in the Caribbean. They attempt to do so despite not having an expertise in the manner, and they seek to kick off the festival in an unfeasible timeframe. The festival is virally promoted on social media and gets a huge following with plenty of tickets sold. It turns out to be an abject disaster and a scam, as many had been predicting.Read more
Mary Ann Rolle, who works for the Exuma Point Restaurant on the island where the film festival was supposed to take place, hired and scheduled a lot of workers with the expectation of huge crowds of customers. Since the festival never materialized, she had no extra revenue to pay her staff and faced a shortage of cash. She did, however, set up a GoFundMe campaign, which took off and netted her $260,000 in just nine days.
Fyre is a 2019 documentary film written and directed by Chris Smith. Its subtitle is “The Greatest Party That Never Happened” and is about the failed Fyre Festival of 2017. The documentary features footage and interviews of Billy McFarland, Jason Bell, Ja Rule, and a host of other people that worked behind the scenes to try and fail in making the festival possible. It was produced in part by Jerry Media, the social media agency that was enlisted by McFarland to help promote and sell the festival to millennials. It was released by Netflix on its platform on January 18, 2019, to mostly positive reviews. It holds a 92% certified fresh approval rating on the film aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes while Metacritic has assigned it a score of 76 out of 100.