Netflix had a huge success with their documentary Making a Murderer and now they’ve released a clip of their latest documentary hybrid, Casting JonBenét. The JonBenét Ramsey case has been one filled with pain, many questions, and frustration. The case remains unsolved and is still open with the Boulder Police Department. For more information on the details of the Ramsey case, you can check out Wikipedia’s page for an extensive overview.
Casting JonBenét is a sly and stylized exploration of the world’s most sensational child-murder case, the still unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen, JonBenét Ramsey. After years of media speculation and public fascination, audiences are presented with a documentary hybrid examining the macabre legacy of this tiny starlet.
Over 15 months, the filmmakers traveled to the Ramseys’ Colorado hometown to elicit responses, reflections and even performances from the local community. In doing so, Casting JonBenét examines how this crime and its resulting mythologies have shaped the attitudes and behavior of successive generations of parents and children.
Directed by Kitty Green, Casting JonBenét will have its world premiere on Sunday, January 22 2017 at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, in the US Documentary Competition (the first time a nonfiction work from Netflix will compete there). The film will launch globally on Netflix and in limited theatrical release in April 2017.
Casting JonBenét was produced by Green (Ukraine is Not a Brothel; and The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul, which premiered at Sundance in 2015 where it was awarded the short film non-fiction jury prize), Scott Macaulay (Raising Victor Vargas; Gummo) and James Schamus (Brokeback Mountain; The Ice Storm).
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