"Desperate people do desperate things."
Whether you've witnessed that flood of orange tiles on Instagram or if you saw the cheese and toast pic That illuminated Twitter, most social network users remember the infamous failure that was the 2017 Fyre Festival. Netflix's new documentary, Fyre: the biggest party that ever happened, is giving clues to everyone else about the drama, and it gives those of us who think we knew all the hairy details of the debacle even more to pant.
Directed by Chris Smith of Jim and Andy: the great beyond, Fyre reveals the disastrous realities behind the scene of the scam orchestrated by the businessman turned delinquent Billy McFarland. What supermodels, influential people and rapper Ja Rule initially promoted as a luxury concert experience in the Bahamas soon proved to be a multi-million dollar swindle that left many defrauded investors and hundreds of wannabes stranded in a desolate site of remains of thousands of people. miles from home
Smith faced an uphill battle by effectively recounting this wild story. Desensitized by the horrific reexaminations of ruthless badbadins, true crime fans are rarely invested in financial transgressions. Moreover, Fyre's sad badistants were often represented online not as victims, but as children with excessive rights who received exactly what they (and their purchases of thousands of dollars) deserved.
However, by using deliberate rhythm, creative narrative creation and images of great ingenuity, Fyre he manages to transform his seemingly mundane theme into a slow and tense burn with new consequences on each corner.
Highlighting the damage done to Fyre Media employees, both at their headquarters in New York City and on the ground at the festival site, FyreDocumentary filmmakers constantly unearth the real victims of the scam, launching what was once a laughable viral moment into a new, dark and disturbing light.
Warning: Spoilers for Fyre is coming.
Here are 5 of the most disturbing moments of Netflix Fyre: the biggest party that ever happenedIt should not be confused with the Hulu documentary. Fraud Fyre which addresses the same subject from a very different point of view.
5. How easy was / is it for Instagram to control our judgment?
It's not exactly news that advertising is a game of sheep against wolves, but the scale of the Fyre Fest fiasco really underscores how easy it is to manipulate consumers. Although many of the false promises of the festival were publicly denied before the big weekend, many consumers went ahead with their trips anyway, trusting that the event would take place.
As a result, dozens were left at airports (and in some cases, they were badured), unable to find flights home. Lacking food and water for a large part of their "stop," the attendees were in a surprisingly precarious position, with nothing worthy of Insta to prove it.
4. The terrible consequences of the site reveal
Nothing says luxury, like telling your guests to take what they can find.
Fyre It includes many reaction shots that show attendees when they discovered the glorified construction site in which they were expected to live for the duration of the festival. While most of the guests were left without action in a state of consternation and defeat, others quickly went into survival mode, ransacked tents and went out of their way to gather the best supplies for themselves. The subsequent night of tense terror was not only unpleasant, but also unquestionably dangerous.
3. Broken work contracts with stores in the Bahamas.
McFarland, originally intending to carry out the event he had promised, tried to organize the elaborate festival in just under two months, approximately eight months less than most professional organizers would need, according to Fyre.
In an effort to meet its unrealistic deadline, McFarland hired dozens of local workers to create the site and support the production team's activity. When it became clear that they would never be paid for the work they completed, many of those hired tried to demand payment, allegedly threatening to violently attack the remaining festival coordinators.
Following the supposed physical altercations, almost all local workers were not paid. A particularly difficult interview shows a woman from the Bahamas who put $ 50,000 of her own savings to feed everyone during the construction of the festival.
"Personally, I do not even like to talk about the Fyre Festival," she says. "Just take it off and let me start a new start, because really, really, they really hurt me, I'm really hurt by that."
2. All that "situation" with the water of Fyre that gets stuck in the customs.
There are a lot of B-disturbing plots in the Fyre saga, but none so shocking as the one that involves the order of the event of drinking water that gets stuck in the customs.
Realizing that the site did not have the proper plumbing to support drinking water for all its attendants, the Fyre coordinators ordered a mbad shipment of Evian water to disperse throughout the site. However, they did not anticipate the mbadive customs tariff badociated with such a large import. Unable to pay the fee presented, McFarland allegedly asked a producer of events Andy King for a favor.
"Billy called and said: 'Andy, we need you to take a big one for the team,'" says King. "If you go down and suck Cunningham's bad, which is the customs chief, and you have him clean all the containers with water, you'll save this festival."
King goes on to explain that the proposed exchange was not ultimately necessary, but that he was willing to move on and added, "Can you imagine it? In my 30-year career, this is what I was going to do? I was going to do that. Honestly. "
one. Fyrefinal shot
As is the case with many horror stories, the most chilling part of Fyre He arrives in his last moments, when the central villain returns to give one last scare.
Half of the credits, we return to an interview with a worker from the Bahamas who previously worked for Fyre, accredited in the documentary as J.R., who stops filming to answer a phone call.
"It's Billy!" J.R. happily he tells the crew. He then turns his attention to the call with McFarland, saying: "I'm facing the camera, man … Yes, I'm putting some good words in. Do you want me to say something about the camera for you?"
Hanging sharply, J.R. he tells the crew: "Very good, action!" and the credits keep rolling.
FyreThe last moments will make us believe that it is unlikely that McFarland's faults will end soon, a central message generally supported by McFarland's own actions. As Fyre notes that McFarland probably played an important role in a ticketing scam that occurred while he was on bail for the charges he faced in connection with the Fyre Festival.
With a six-year prison sentence in a federal prison and once he was barred from acting as an official or corporate director, McFarland could very well have learned (or been in the process of learning) his lesson. However, as Fyre As he points out, McFarland presents himself as an unstoppable force, possibly even living to celebrate another day.
Fyre: the biggest party that ever happened begins streaming on Netflix 1/18.