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Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

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A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

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Credited cast:
Kurt Kuenne ...
Himself (voice)
Andrew Bagby ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. Andrew Bagby)
David Bagby ...
Himself - Father
Kathleen Bagby ...
Herself - Mother
Shirley Turner ...
Herself - Ex-Girlfriend (archive footage) (as Dr. Shirley Turner)
Zachary Andrew Turner ...
Himself - Son (archive footage) (as Zachary Andrew Bagby)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heather Arnold ...
Herself - Former Fiance (as Dr. Heather Arnold)
Jon Atkinson ...
Himself - Friend
Bob Bagby ...
Himself - Uncle (archive footage)
Earlene Bagby ...
Herself - Bob's Widow
James Bagby ...
Himself - Cousin
Linda Bagby ...
Herself - Aunt
Pat Bagby ...
Himself - Uncle
Jason Baldwin ...
Himself - Highschool Friend
Derek Barnard ...
Himself - Uncle
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In 2001, Andrew Bagby, a medical resident, is murdered not long after breaking up with his girlfriend. Soon after, when she announces she's pregnant, one of Andrew's many close friends, Kurt Kuenne, begins this film, a gift to the child. Friends, relatives, and colleagues say warm and loving things about Andrew, home movies confirm his exuberance. Andrew's parents, Kathleen and David, move to Newfoundland, Canada where the ex-girlfriend has gone. They await an arrest and trial of the murderer. They negotiate with the ex-girlfriend to visit their grandchild, Zachary, and they seek custody. Is there any justice; is Zachery a sweet and innocent consolation for the loss of their son? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Kurt Kuenne: On the afternoon on November 7th 2001 my sister called to tell me that doctor Andrew Bagby, my closest friend since the age of 7, had been killed. My name is Kurt and I'm a filmmaker. Andrew appeared in every movie I made growing up. I decided to make a movie, to travel far and wide, to interview everyone who ever knew and loved Andrew.
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Experience the Life of the Bagbys
12 February 2009 | by (Scottdale, Arizona) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I have never been affected by a movie as much as this. Ever since i saw this movie, I have not been able to get the story out of my head. The way Kurt uses home movies and interviews to capture the essence of Andrew is perfect. I feel like i know and love the Bagby family. The film takes you through Andrews life showing the people that he touched along the way. The quote that really stuck with me was when Clark said something along the lines of "What would life be if this one person never existed". This is very relevant because of this movie to this day Andrew is affecting the lives of people that he never met including mine. He has inspired me to really cherish the relationships that I have, because life is too short for petty things. I have never cried in a movie, but this movie managed to get me to cry within the first 20 minutes. I am not a movie critic so i do not know how to write a review, all you gotta do is watch the movie. You are doing yourself a disservice if you miss this beautiful tribute. Much love to the Bagby friends and family.


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