Global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) has acquired the international rights to Hulu’s acclaimed feature-length original documentary film Fyre Fraud.
Directed by Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning filmmakers Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, the 96-minute doc details the failed luxury music festival that was set to take place over two weekends in April and May of 2017 on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma. Organized by Fyre Media founder Billy McFarland – now serving a six-year prison sentence for wire fraud– and hip hop artist Ja Rule, the event’s marketing ploy quickly went viral with the help of celebrities, Instagram influencers and models including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski.
The festival was indefinitely postponed after guests had already begun to arrive and were left stranded to stay in tents and eat cheap prepackaged food rather than enjoy the lavish accommodations they had paid thousands for.
The film, which is currently available for streaming on Hulu in the U.S., features intimate interviews with a cast of whistle-blowers, victims and insiders, as well as an exclusive one-on-one with MacFarland, as they lift the veil on the disastrous music fest in an attempt to uncover an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and a lack of accountability in the digital age.
Furst and Nason serve as executive producers on Fyre Fraud, alongside Michael Gasparro, The Cinemart, MIC and Billboard.
“As soon as it was launched, this brilliantly made film garnered huge critical acclaim for its quality execution and access to the key players and has instantly become widely talked about,” said Noel Hedges, eOne’s EVP of acquisitions for international distribution, in a statement. “We are thrilled to bring this dynamic film to audiences far and wide and see that discussion spread around the world.”