Personally, I missed this whole Fyre Festival (hashtag #FyreFest) mess when it originally hit the internet. While a wildly popular marketing campaign promoted by the likes of Kendall Jenner and models like Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski, the original concept apparently took the affluent millennial social media generation by storm.
I did, however, hear about the Fyre Fest once the bigger news of its flop hit the news with reports of patrons trapped on the disastrous pleasure island without proper food, water, shelter or a way home.
Now, in the aftermath of the #FyreFraud, we’ve been left with two in-depth, similar documentaries competing to tell the behind-the-scenes story of this colossal meltdown. The story certainly has all the documentary hallmarks: interesting narcissistic characters, conflict, betrayal, lies, a guy who’s now famous for being prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice for the cause, and a voyeuristic view of the naval-gazing youth in peril.
It’s also been fascinating, as a filmmaker and fan of the documentary genre over the years, to see two documentaries - released days apart by Hulu and Netflix respectfully - go at it. The narratives intertwine but certainly contradict when it comes to who’s really at fault and who the real heroes (if any) and villians are.
And if you thought the story was over and done, you’d be sadly mistaken (there’s so much more Fyre Fest content to enjoy)! Not only is rapper/Fyre Fest producer Ja Rule still going on about his innocence, we also all certainly must have the same sinking feeling that this isn’t the last we’ll be hearing from Billy McFarland and Fyre Fest in the future.
In this brilliant parody video (it’s not real, we’re pretty sure) we get a glimpse into what isn’t a too-far-from-the-truth future we might see, if not for the fact that McFarland is currently detained in federal prison.
It's also interesting to note the similarities between this parody video and the original Fyre Fest promotional video which infamously started this whole tirefire. Using the same slick aerials and generic stock footage, it really shows just how something so simple (from a filmmaking and editing standpoint) can be used to launch entire brands and marketing campaigns.
Curious from some feedback on this parody video as well as thoughts on the two Fyre Fest docs. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!