U.S. Documentary; 80 minutes.
It takes an outsider perspective to give Americans a fresh look at a topic they think they know too well, which is why Australian filmmaker Kitty Green mines such rich territory in her post-modern documentary "Casting JonBenet."
Green looks at the still-unsolved 1996 death of 6-year-old pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey without a frame of archival footage or interviews with people involved in the case. Instead, she goes to Boulder, Colo, the town where the Ramseys lived, to create an artificial scenario — casting actors to portray JonBenet, her parents Jon and Patsy, her brother Burke, the police chief and even Santa Claus — to explore the ways the community was changed by the case.