Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland recently sat down for an exclusive 8-hour documentary exploring the multi-million dollar scam.
The Cinemart, Billboard, Hulu and Mic are producing the documentary series about the festival organizers entire life, from childhood to sentencing, covering ground on morality, ethics, and ambition.
After pleading guilty to wire fraud in February 2018, the team secured access to a tell-all interview from the mastermind of the Fyre Festival.
Since his initial downfall in 2017 following the collapse of the Festival, McFarland has not spoken with any other interviewers to share his side of the story, until now.
McFarland plead guilty to two counts of fraud in March 2018, is facing up to 40 years in prison and has been awaiting sentencing.
“Before we had the worst luck, we had the best luck. So many things had to go right to make Fyre this big of a failure.” – Billy McFarland, Founder of Fyre Festival
The interviews took place prior to his arrest on Tuesday, June 12 after new charges were mounted against him for a post-Fyre Fest Ticket scam.
The untitled documentary series recounts the events leading up to and during the event, as well as the eventual collapse and aftermath of Fyre Festival.
In addition to McFarland, the docuseries will feature in-depth interviews from inside sources including Bahamians, stranded festivalgoers, vendors, investors and more.
Directors Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason expand the scope of the story into a film about our culture as a whole, which presents a cautionary tale about ambition – and a platform to examine the decay of social media and venture capitalism.
The docuseries will also include hours of exclusive never-before-seen footage, leaked documents, emails and recordings drawing on Billboard’s elite roster of artists, reporters and commentators and Mic’s articles and in-depth investigative reporting on the Fyre Festival.
New charges against McFarland were revealed on Tuesday, June 12 including wire fraud and money laundering after allegedly engaging in a scheme to sell fake ticket to concert and sporting events.
The documentary series will be released exclusively on Hulu in 2019.