"Desperate people do desperate things."
Whether you witnessed the flood of orange tiles on Instagram or bowl and ostepix that lit Twitter, most social media users remember the infamous mistake it was the 2017 Fyre Festival. Netflix's New Documentary, Guys: The biggest party that never happened hangs everyone else into the drama – and gives them of us who thought we knew more about all the debacles of the debacles even more.
Directed by Chris Smith of Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond Fyre unpacks the catastrophic backstage realities scandalized by entrepreneur-turned Billy McFarland. What was originally promoted by supermodels, influencer and rapper Ja Rule as a luxury concert experience in the Bahamas was soon revealed to be a multi-million dollar scam that left many investors deceived and hundreds of wannabe participants stranded in a gloomy wreck thousands of miles home.
Smith confronted an upward struggle in an effective tale of this wild story. Desensitized by cruel genetic investigations of evil killed, true criminal fans are rarely invested in economic offenses. In addition, Fyres bummed out participants were often presented online not as victims, but as all right children got exactly what they (and their thousands of dollar buys) deserved.
But by deliberately pacing, creative narrative building and wildly imaginative imagery, Fyre manages to transform his seemingly terrestrial subject into a tense slow burn with new implications around every corner.
Fyre highlights the damage done to Fyre Media's employees, both at the headquarters in New York City and on the ground at the festival site . Fyre 's documentaries continue to stave off the real victims of the fraud
Warning: Spoilers for Fyre is ahead.
Here are 5 of the most disturbing moments from Netflix's Guys: The Greatest Party That Never Happened – Not to be confused with Hulu's competing documentary Fyre Fraud who deals with the same topic from a very different vantage point.
5th How easy it was for Instagram to control our judgment
It is not exactly news that advertising is a game of wolves – but the extent of the Fyre Fest failure really emphasizes how easily consumers can manipulate. Despite the fact that many of the festival's false promises were publicly debunked before the big weekend, many consumers went ahead with their travels anyway with confidence that the event would come through.
As a result, dozens were left on (and in some cases locked to) airports, unable to find flights home. Missing food and water for a longer portion of their "layover" were the participants in an astonishingly uncertain position without nothing worth showing for it.
4th The frightening aftermath of the site reveals
Nothing says luxury wants to tell your guests to take what they find.
Fyre contains many reaction pictures that show participants as they discovered the glorious construction site they were expected to live in the festival. While most guests were actionless in a state of dismay and defeat, others quickly entered survival mode, looting tents, and going to other extreme lengths to gather the best supplies for themselves. The following night with tense terror was not only unpleasant but undoubtedly dangerous.
3rd Brutal work contracts with the Bahamas local population
McFarland tried to put together the elaborate festival in just under two months – approx. eight months fewer than what the most professional organizers would need according to ] Fyre .
In an effort to meet his unrealistic deadline, McFarland employed dozens of local workers to create the site and support the production team activity. When it became clear, they would never be paid for the work they did, many of the employees attempting to charge, allegedly threatening to violently attack the remaining festival coordinators.
After the supposed physical changes, almost all local workers went unpaid. A particularly difficult to see interview shows a Bamboo woman who makes $ 50,000 of her own savings to feed everyone during the festival.
"Personally, I can't even talk about the Fyrefestivalen," she says. "Just take it away and let me start a new beginning because they really really hurt me. I'm really sorry about it."
2nd The whole "situation" with Fyres water gets stuck by the customs
There are many disturbing B-plots in the Fyre saga, but none as shocking as the one that involves the arrangement's order of drinking water to get stuck on duty.
Fourteen coordinators ordered a massive shipment of Evian water to spread throughout the site if they did not have the proper plumbing to support drinking water for all its participants. But they failed to foresee the massive customs fee for such large imports. Couldn't pay the fee, McFarland allegedly requested a service from event maker Andy King.
"Billy phoned and said," Andy, we need you to take a big deal for the team, "King says." If you want to go down and suck Cunningham's d *** – who is customs officer and get him to To clear all the containers of water, you will save this festival. ""
King continues to explain that the proposed exchange was not ultimately necessary, but that he was willing to go through it and added: "Can You imagine? It was in my 30 years of a career, that was what I was supposed to do? I had to do it. Honestly. "
1. Fyre last shot
As is the case with many horror stories, the most memorably chilling part of Fyre comes in his last moments when the central villain returns to a final scare .
Midway through the credits, we return to an interview with a Bahamian worker formerly employed by Fyre, credited in the documentary film as J.R., who stops filming to call.
"That's Billy!" J.R says tell the crew. He then turns to the call with McFarland and says, "I'm in front of the camera, man … Yeah, I put some good words. Do you want me to say anything to the camera for you?"
Abruptly hangs up, JR tells the crew, "Okay, action!" and the credits continue to roll.
Fyre 's last moment wanted us to believe that McFarland' s misdemeanors will hardly ever end soon – a central message generally supported by McFarland 's own actions. As Fyre McFarland probably points to playing a major role in a boxing scam that occurred while he was out on bail for the charges he faced Fyre Festival.
Judged to earn six years in a federal prison and forbidden to act as corporate officer or director ever again, McFarland may well have learned (or is learning) his lesson. But as Fyre probably points out, McFarland presents itself as an unstoppable force that may still live to celebrate another day.
Guys: The biggest party that never happened begins streaming on Netflix 1/18.