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Post-Billy McFarland doctor moves on despite Bahamas ban

Latest documentary about Billy McFarland — his disastrous Fyre Festival ended with a felony conviction — and moved on despite threats from the Bahamian government.

Ample Entertainment is producing this document, at Fyre, also from Freemantle after. The project, when announced, was described as following McFarlane back to the Bahamas on his post-prison business venture, treasure hunt, and attempt to repay the $15 he owes Fyre Millions of dollars from parties such as investors and attendees.

In late October, McFarlane began posting about the treasure hunt, known as PYRT, on his social media channels. But a letter from the Bahamas Tourism Board this week said McFarland was considered a “fugitive” and had filed a longstanding complaint with the Royal Bahamas Police Force, an office that essentially banned McFarlane from traveling to the country. “Anyone who knows his whereabouts should report it to the RBPF,” the deputy prime minister for tourism, investment and aviation said in a statement. The Prime Minister also noted that the government of the Bahamas has not received an application for an event related to McFarland and therefore will not approve such an event. The easy blow prompted McFarlane to write to the Bahamian government, in which he said he was focusing on “how I can right my mistakes” and make the region “whole again.”

Still, “the documentary is moving forward,” Ample Entertainment co-founder Ari Mark told The Hollywood Reporter said in a statement. He adds, “The plan has always been to follow Billy’s journey after he gets out of prison, including the ups and downs.” Ample’s previous non-fiction work includes the HBO miniseries The Invisible Pilot and A&E’s Cold Case Files.

Fyre Festival, a luxury music festival created by McFarland with Ja Rule, was scheduled to

be held in the Bahamas but due to Ongoing issues surrounding on-site accommodation, safety and food arose and ended in disaster, all documented in real time on social media. McFarlane served nearly four years in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud.

Festival breakup is subject of two duel documentaries in , Netflix’s FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened and Hulu’s Fyre Fraud . When a story in The Ringer , this Two projects garnering attention) revealed that the Hulu project paid McFarlane an appearance fee and licensed material, while the Netflix doc was co-produced by Jerry Media and Matte Projects, which themselves worked on Fyre Fest .

THR understands that McFarland is paying for archival materials for After Fyre, it will be used for restoration. According to his attorney, Jason Russo, “any income generated by Billy” will be used for restitution. McFarland is facing a 15 million dollar forfeiture order to repay defrauded investors, suppliers and attendees.



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