First Trailer for Acclaimed Sundance Documentary 'Casting JonBenet'

March 26, 2017
Source: YouTube

Casting JonBenet Trailer

"Do YOU know who killed JonBenet Ramsey?" Netflix has debuted a trailer for the highly acclaimed, totally unique documentary Casting JonBenet, from director Kitty Green. The film originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and it has also played at the Berlin Film Festival and True/False Film Festival. Casting JonBenet examines the infamous JonBenet Ramsey murder in Colorado in 1996, by having local actors from Colorado audition for the various characters involved in the story. This includes JonBenet herself, as well as her mother, brother, father, and local police. This is a fascinating documentary unlike any other (except maybe Kate Plays Christine) that stirs up quite a unique discussion without ever actually interviewing the real people. It's fascinating, and worth checking out when it premieres on Netflix.

Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Kitty Green's documentary Casting JonBenet, via Netflix's YouTube:

Casting JonBenet Poster

In 1996, Boulder, Colorado was rocked by the mysterious death of six-year-old pageant queen, JonBenet Ramsey. Two decades later, director Kitty Green returns to audition local actors, unpacking how each remembers and relates to the ill-fated Ramsey family. A darkly moving exploration of crime, guilt and personal bias, Casting JonBenet expertly blurs the lines between documentary and drama. Casting JonBenet is directed by Australian filmmaker Kitty Green, of the doc Ukraine Is Not a Brothel previously. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Netflix will release Green's Casting JonBenet streaming exclusively on April 28th this spring. This doc is highly recommended. Head to Netflix for info.

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DAVIDPD on Mar 27, 2017


what is the motivation behind this documentary? To cast a light on the double drama (the death of the innocent kid, and the abuse of children in these shameful events.) or to make money?

tarek on Mar 27, 2017


I saw another comment like this... First things first, it's absurd to think that the goal of making a documentary (an indie that premiered at Sundance) was to make money. There are very few, if any, docs that are made with the goal of making money. So, to think that is completely and utterly wrong. There are many docs about tragedies/murders/unsolved crimes. Second, the goal of this seems to be to present an interesting look at the murder and how personal bias plays into feelings/opinions. It's a unique documentary, featuring footage of all of the actors talking about what they think. It shows how much reality can be twisted through everyone's own life experience(s) and other factors.

Alex Billington on Mar 27, 2017


Interesting Pov. Thanks.

tarek on Mar 27, 2017


Oh, like "The Act of Killing", right?

Mark Brackney on Apr 1, 2017


Sure, that's a good reference.

Alex Billington on Apr 1, 2017


I feel sorry for all the kids participating in it and for the society that tolerate such contests. To be honest. As something specific, on the other side, this might be good ...

shiboleth on Mar 27, 2017

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