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FYRE

FYRE

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FYRE

  • Directed by Chris Smith
  • Starring Billy McFarland, Ja Rule
  • 2019 | 90mins | USA | rated (15)

It was a supposed to be a glamour-filled music-and-lifestyle festival like nothing its millennial audience had ever seen. Promoted by the world’s top supermodels, hyped by the hottest social media influencers, buzzed-about by tastemakers, Fyre Festival was promised to be something unprecedented and unmissable.


That was the perception. Then reality smashed into dreams in the last weekend of April 2017, and a feeling of “​This will be bigger than anyone ever thought it would be​” turned to “​It’s spiraling into chaos.”​ As its founder and producer, a twentysomething wannabe mogul named Billy McFarland, ignored warnings from people on his team who saw disaster looming, nothing was done to stop festgoers from arriving in the Bahamas. And instead of staying in luxury condos and on expensive yachts, they fought for tiny rain-soaked geodesic tents; instead of listening to bands including Blink 182, they were stranded as a “looting mentality” set in; rather than a gorgeous beach filled with models, they had quickly-added sand, their luggage thrown from trucks, and not a boldfaced name to be seen; and instead of memories and 5-star meals, they faced no water or toilet accommodations as many were trapped inside a small Bahaman airport. As night fell, one attendee recalled, “it looked like a horror movie scene.”


The tweets and posts went out to the world — including a shot of a cheese sandwich ina Styrofoam box that became emblematic of it all — a high-profile disaster unfurled in real time. But that was wasn’t the full story. In FYRE, director Chris Smith (JIM & ANDY: THE GREAT BEYOND; AMERICAN MOVIE) documents what happened when reality and the ​perception​ of reality collided. Filled with extraordinary behind-the-scenes footage made during the planning and execution of the fest — as well as new interviews with principal players, employees, and festgoers — FYRE tracks the meltdown event of a generation, from its model-filled first promo video to its extraordinary flameout, with lawsuits, prison, and infamy only a part of its legacy.