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Casting JonBenet (2017)

In the months following the unsolved murder of 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, responses were elicited from her Colorado hometown community, creating a work of art from the collective memories and mythologies the crime inspired.


Kitty Green


Kitty Green
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hannah Cagwin ... JonBenet Ramsey / JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Aeona Cruz ... JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Liv Bagley Liv Bagley ... JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Shylee Sagle Shylee Sagle ... JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Danika Toolson Danika Toolson ... JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Nicole Hamilton Nicole Hamilton ... JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / JonBenet Ramsey Dance Double / Self
Emma Winslow Emma Winslow ... JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Elle Walker Elle Walker ... JonBenet Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Jerry Cortese ... Officer French / John Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Kit Thompson Kit Thompson ... Patsy Ramsey / Patsy Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Amy Dowd ... Patsy Ramsey / Patsy Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Teresa Cocas ... Patsy Ramsey / Patsy Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Stephanie Federico Stephanie Federico ... Patsy Ramsey Auditionee / Self
Tamara Bailey ... Patsy Ramsey Auditionee / Self (as Tamara Hutchins)
Deb Hultgren Deb Hultgren ... Patsy Ramsey / Patsy Ramsey Auditionee / Self


The unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey remains the world's most sensational child murder case. Over 15 months, responses, reflections and performances were elicited from the Ramsey's Colorado hometown community, creating a bold work of art from the collective memories and mythologies the crime inspired.

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A look at how we interact with tragic crimes as a society
4 May 2017 | by mgracefrySee all my reviews

I believe the earlier reviews here are trying to make this documentary into something it's not, and judge it for something it's not trying to do. This is not yet another whodunit, and we're not asked to reexamine the evidence or create new theories. I certainly did not see it as another exploitative money grab that this tragedy seems to attract. This was a look beyond the crime itself; it was a fascinating exposé on how the general public interacts with true crime by exploring -on set- the thoughts and feelings of unknown (and CO local) actors and actresses on one of America's most notorious murders in modern history. What makes this documentary so great is not the casting or acting by any means - it's the film's ability to grasp onto these people's stories and perspectives and allow us to see ourselves in them. There's a thousand theories about what happened that night, but rather than drag the viewer through another dozen of them, the viewer is allowed to see just how deep society's fascination with mysteries and tragedies goes. Rather than mocking or exploiting the death of this little girl, it encourages us to ask ourselves why we form such personal attachments to the losses of others and why we are so curious about the darkest, most deviant human behaviors.

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