Netflix has acquired FYRE, Chris Smith’s documentary film about the greatest party that never happened. The film gives an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival. Created by Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, the Fyre music festival was promoted as a luxury music festival on a private island in the Bahamas featuring bikini-clad supermodels, A-List musical performances and posh amenities.
Guests arrived to discover the reality was far from the promises.
Chris Smith, the director behind the Emmy Award-nominated documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, gives a first-hand look into disastrous crash of Fyre as told by the organizers themselves.
The Netflix Original Documentary will be released globally on January 18, 2019. The film is produced by Danny Gabai (VICE Studios), Chris Smith (Library Films) and Mick Purzycki (Jerry Media), executive produced by Brett Kincaid, Max Pollack, Matthew Rowean, Gabrielle Bluestone, James Ohliger, and Elliot Tebele. 30WEST negotiated the deal with Netflix on behalf of the filmmakers.
Wisconsin-born director Chris Smith is known for independent films that reveal some of the more curious aspects of the “American dream.” Wry, empathetic, and wise, Smith’s films occupy a special niche in contemporary cinema. His directing credits include the Emmy-nominated Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017), American Movie (1999 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Documentary), Collapse (2009), The Yes Men (2003) and The Pool (2008 Sundance Audience Award), in addition to numerous commercials for US production company Smuggler.