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Casting JonBenet

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Producers Kitty Green, Scott Macaulay, James Schamus

Synopsis

Casting JonBenet 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, JonBenet Ramsey. Over 15 months, the filmmakers traveled to the Ramsey’s Colorado hometown to elicit responses, reflections and performances from the local community, creating a bold work of art born from the collective memories and mythologies the crime inspired.

About The Team

Kitty Green (Director/Producer): Kitty Green is an award-winning Australian director. In 2012, Kitty spent a year in her mother’s native Ukraine shooting with the provocative protest movement Femen. Her abduction by the KGB made headlines across the globe. Her independent feature documentary, Ukraine Is Not A Brothel premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2013, screened at SXSW, Hot Docs, AFI Docs, IDFA and over fifty film festivals internationally. In 2015, Ukraine Is Not A Brothel won the Australian Academy of Cinematic Arts’ award for best Australian feature documentary. Kitty’s documentary short about the current Ukrainian crisis, The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul premiered at Sundance in January where it was awarded the non-fiction jury prize. The film made its European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

Scott Macaulay (Producer): Scott Macaulay is a film producer and co-president of the production company Forensic Films. With his partner Robin O’Hara, he has produced or executive produced many award-winning features, including: Peter Sollett’s Raising Victor Vargas; Harmony Korine’s Gummo (as co-producer) and Julien Donkey-Boy; Alice Wu’s Saving Face; Tom Noonan’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning What Happened Was and his follow-up feature, The Wife; Jesse Peretz’s The Chateau; Bryan Barber’s Idlewild; John Leguizamo’s Undefeated; James Ponsoldt’s Off the Black; and Mark Jackson’s War Story. As a company, Forensic Films has been involved as a co-producer in many European productions, including Olivier Assayas’s Demonlover and Clean. He most recently produced Elisabeth Subrin’s debut feature, A Woman, a Part, and is at work producing Alix Lambert’s feature doc, Goodbye, Fat Larry.

James Schamus (Producer) is an award-winning screenwriter (The Ice Storm), producer (Brokeback Mountain), and former CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company whose films have included Moonrise Kingdom, Milk, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Kids are All Right, The Pianist, Coraline, and The Dallas Buyers Club. His feature directorial debut, an adaptation of Philip Roth’s Indignation, starring Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon and Tracy Letts, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival and was released by Roadside Attractions. He is also Professor of Professional Practice in Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he teaches film history and theory. He is the author of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Gertrud: The Moving Word, published by the University of Washington Press. He earned his BA, MA, and Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. He recently directed the short documentary That Film About Money.