The death of six year old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey has held the attention of America for the past two decades. In the small Colorado town where it happened though, it’s not just an unsolved murder, but a death that still has effects today. And that’s where a new streaming documentary about the still unresolved murder case will focus.
Titled Casting Jon-Benet, the documentary will initially be shown at Sundance. But Netflix has exclusive distribution rights beyond that, so the film is expected to be available for streaming sometime in the spring.
Several documentaries have covered the basics… the horrid details of what happened, who’s to blame, and various conspiracy theories. But Casting Jon-Benet takes a look at a family and the community that’s still shaken, and how this death shaped the people who live there.
Netflix’s Vice President of Original Documentary Programming Lisa Nishimura said the streaming service was “the ideal home for showcasing [this] sharply rendered vision of a mythic American tragedy to a global audience, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the crime.”
According to Netflix, this will be the very first time one of their non fiction films will compete at the festival.
Casting JonBenet will premiere sometime on Netflix in the spring of 2017.