Fyre Fraud, a documentary about the disastrous Fyre Festival of 2017, is now streaming on Hulu. The platform released the new film today without any prior announcement, a move being characterized as a power play over its main competitor, Netflix. The rival production, Fyre, is set to drop on Netflix this Friday. View Hulu’s trailer below.
This play was executed in partnership with Cinemart, Billboard, and Mic. The 96-minute film features exclusive interviews with the festival’s creator, Billy McFarland. The 26-year-old “mastermind” is currently serving a 6-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to wire fraud charges. Directed by Emmy-nominated, Peabody award-winners Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, Fyre Fraud was created as a “cautionary tale for a generation.” The production described their intentions in a press release.
“Billy McFarland offers us a window into the mind of a con artist, the insidious charm of the fraudster and how they can capture our imaginations, our investment, and our votes in the age of Trump. Our aim was to set the stage for a strange journey into the moral abyss of our digital age, going beyond the meme to show an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and willing to look the other way, for their own gain.”