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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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One of the Most Traumatic Films Ever Made
25 August 2009 | by (Denver) – See all my reviews

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father is easily one of the most traumatic films I've ever seen. Its not technically the most impressive documentary film, but the subject matter is powerful-enough that you cannot help but be deeply impacted by the story. I've hesitated to suggest it to a few of my more fragile friends because it is one of those films that can leave you in an emotional funk for days afterward. Its that powerful of a film, but not for the faint of heart. I personally would not watch it again, though I'm grateful that the filmmaker stuck with the project through it all and did not give up, as many would have. I'm grateful this story was told, even if it was painful to experience.


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