Casting JonBenet – In her 2017 Netflix documentary “Casting JonBenet,” director Kitty Green turned her eye to the nation’s obsession with true crime. The film is ostensibly about the murder of child pageant contestant JonBenet Ramsey, but it actually centers around the casting process for reenactments of the crime and aftermath. Green interviews the actors — most of them Boulder natives who remember the 1996 tragedy — about the murder and the ensuing tabloid-fueled fallout, their theories about the case, and the impact it had on their community.
Available now on Netflix
Finders Keepers – When Shannon Whisnant bid on a foreclosed storage shed at an auction, he didn’t expect to find a mummified leg under the hood of a barbecue grill. But what many people would see as a piece of trash, Whisnant saw an opportunity. He started marketing himself as “The Foot Man,” intending to open a roadside attraction. That is, until the owner of the leg, plane crash survivor and recovering addict John Wood, found out. The 2015 film documents their legal battle and the emotional aftermath.
Available now on Amazon Prime Video
Grey Gardens – No list of weird documentaries would be complete without “Grey Gardens,” the iconic documentary about a reclusive mother and daughter — Big Edie and Little Edie — living on a dilapidated estate in East Hampton, New York. It’s fascinating to enter the world that the two eccentric women created for themselves at Grey Gardens, especially when Little Edie is waxing poetic about what she wants out of life or Big Edie is singing “Tea for Two.”
Available now on HBO Max
Grizzly Man – Any Werner Herzog documentary would be worthy of this list, not because the subjects themselves are necessarily weird, but because the director himself is so delightfully strange that energy naturally extends to his filmmaking. “Grizzly Man,” probably Herzog’s best known documentary, recounts the life and death of Timothy Treadwell, a grizzly bear enthusiast who was tragically mauled by a bear along with his girlfriend.
Available now on Hulu
Fyre Fraud/Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened – Both Netflix and Hulu released documentaries on the Fyre Festival, the much-hyped music festival that turned out to be a major disaster, and both are worth watching if you’re fascinated with how events came to a head. The Netflix documentary, “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened,” takes a more comprehensive look at the behind-the-scenes planning of the event (in an ethical conundrum, the production company behind the film was also involved in the production of Fyre Festival.). But Hulu’s documentary, “Fyre Fraud,” was able to get an exclusive interview with the festival’s mastermind, Billy McFarland.
Watch “Frye Fraud” on Hulu
Watch “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” on Netflix
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