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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


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 Zachary a sweet and innocent consolation for the loss of their son? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Agapite Zachary - Gramma s' ena gio gia ton patera tou  »

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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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An absolute Must See
15 March 2008 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

I cannot praise this heartfelt documentary enough. Too often documentaries with such a personal tie have touch (or more) of vanity. Not Dear Zachary.

Kurt Kuenne could have easily turn this tribute to a dead friend into a vanity project, or overly sentimental. The evolution of this project is full of sentiment, indeed, but is done so in such a way that the viewer is completely engaged in the story and feels the loss on a personal level.

This is the hardest film to review because to explain it, is to spoil the experience of it. Let's just say that Andrew Bagby was a very loved person, and this tribute to a man whose life was brutally cut short could have easily been a depressing, dark tale. Instead, while it has some wrenching moments, it's ultimately a love story of family and friends, and the powerful influence people can have in each others lives, for good and for ill.

If you have the opportunity to catch this film, do not hesitate to do it. This is one I'm adding to my DVD collection as soon as it's available.

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