DiscoverThe Next Picture Show#163: Chris Smith's Charismatic Dreamers, Pt. 2 - American Movie
#163: Chris Smith's Charismatic Dreamers, Pt. 2 - American Movie

#163: Chris Smith's Charismatic Dreamers, Pt. 2 - American Movie

Update: 2019-02-121
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Chris Smith’s new Netflix doc FYRE tells the story of huckster Billy McFarland and his doomed Fyre Festival as a compelling piece of meat-and-potatoes journalism that’s far from the verité of Smith’s portrait of Mark Borchardt in 1999’s AMERICAN MOVIE. But for all their surface differences, at heart FYRE is another movie about a charismatic leader who overpromises and under-delivers. After dissecting what FYRE shows us — and doesn’t show us — about McFarland’s history of scammy endeavors, we dig into what connects and separates Smith’s two protagonists in terms of their ambitions, their approaches, and their intent. Plus, Your Next Picture Show, where we share recent filmgoing experiences in hopes of putting something new on your cinematic radar.

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Show Notes / Works cited:

• Fyre Fest Fiasco GoFundMe (gofundme.com/exuma-point-fyre-fest-debt)
• Fyre Fight: The Inside Story of How We Got Two Warring Fyre Festival Documentaries in the Same Week, by Scott Tobias (TheRinger.com)
• Amateurs, Con Artists, and Vanishing Movie Stars: Inside the World of Chris Smith’s Documentaries, by Scott Tobias (TheRinger.com)
• The Best Movies That Lost Best Picture at the Oscars, by Keith Phipps (Vulture.com)

Your Next Picture Show: 
• Keith: George Hill’s THE BIG HOUSE
• Scott: Talal Derki’s OF FATHERS AND SONS
• Genevieve: Jason Reitman’s TULLY

Outro Music: Beth Ditto, “Fire”

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#163: Chris Smith's Charismatic Dreamers, Pt. 2 - American Movie

#163: Chris Smith's Charismatic Dreamers, Pt. 2 - American Movie

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