Netflix's 'Fyre' director explains how getting the footage of the NYC VIP Access ticket-selling scam was 'kind of an accident'
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Netflix’s ‘Fyre’ director explains how getting the footage of the NYC VIP Access ticket-selling scam was ‘kind of an accident’

The director of Netflix’s "Fyre," Chris Smith, told Business Insider the footage that shows the Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland doing the NYC VIP Access ticket scam was found by accident. Smith said the footage was part of a shoot an artist named Kindo did of McFarland while he was out on bail. Following McFarland’s rearrest in connection with the ticket scam, Kindo realized he had shot McFarland doing the scam. "It was kind of an accident," Smith said. "They didn’t even understand the significance of what they had captured until Billy was arrested." You might have assumed that after Billy McFarland pleaded guilty to fraud following the Fyre Festival debacle, he would have kept a low profile. But that wasn’t the case. As Netflix’s "Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened" shows, McFarland was back hustling in early 2018 while on bail awaiting sentencing for two counts of wire fraud related to Fyre. The movie closes with McFarland living in a New York City penthouse and having an artist named Kindo film his every move. That included being the brains behind a ticket-selling scam called NYC VIP Access. In front of Kindo’s cameras, unbeknownst to Kindo, McFarland and […]

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