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

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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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Kurt Kuenne ...
Self (voice)
Andrew Bagby ...
Self (archiveFootage) (as Dr. Andrew Bagby)
Self - Father
Kathleen Bagby ...
Self - Mother
Shirley Turner ...
Self - Ex-Girlfriend (archiveFootage) (as Dr. Shirley Turner)
Zachary Andrew Turner ...
Self - Son (archiveFootage) (as Zachary Andrew Bagby)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Self - Former Fiance (as Dr. Heather Arnold)
Jon Atkinson ...
Self - Friend
Bob Bagby ...
Self - Uncle (archiveFootage)
Earlene Bagby ...
Self - Bob's Widow
James Bagby ...
Self - Cousin
Linda Bagby ...
Self - Aunt
Pat Bagby ...
Self - Uncle
Jason Baldwin ...
Self - Highschool Friend
Derek Barnard ...
Self - Uncle
John Barnard ...
Self - Cousin
Paul Barnard ...
Self - John's Brother
Pete Barnard ...
Self - Cousin
Ruth Barnard ...
Self - Aunt
Robin Bates ...
Self - Friend
Self - Residency Director (as Dr. John Bertolino)
David Billings ...
Self - Classmate (as Dr. David Billings)
Lori Billings ...
Self - Classmate (as Dr. Lori Billings)
Helen Bloomfield ...
Self - Godmother
Ian Bowmer ...
Self - Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland (as Dr. Ian Bowmer)
Self - Lawyer
Elizabeth Day ...
Self - St. John's Regional Director of Child, Youth & Family Services (archiveFootage) (as Elizabeth 'Betty' Day)
Bill DiCuccio ...
Self (as Dr. Bill DiCussio)
Danette Dooley ...
Self - Friend
John Doucet ...
Self - Shirley's Psychiatrist (archiveFootage) (as Dr. John Doucet)
Mary Dray ...
Self - Student Affairs - Memorial University of Newfoundland
Ken Eckhert ...
Self - Classmate (as Dr. Ken Eckhert)
Self - Friend
Marci Fischer ...
Self - Friend
Olivier Galgani ...
Self - Friend
Derek Green ...
Self - Judge, Chief Justice (archiveFootage)
Derrick Green ...
Self - Jusge (archiveFootage)
Self - Student Affairs - Memorial University of Newfoundland
Himanshu ...
Self - College Roomate (as Himanshu Pandey)
James ...
Self - College Roomate
Mack Janke ...
Self - Friend
Chris Koehler ...
Self - Friend
Self - Colleague (as Dr. Greg Little)
Tony Locke ...
Self - Classmate (as Dr. Tony Locke)
Jennifer Lombard ...
Self - Classmate (as Dr. Jennifer Lombard)
Mark Lombard ...
Self - Classmate (as Dr. Mark Lombard)
Himsel - Procesutor (archiveFootage)
Janice Manthorne ...
Self - Classmate (as Dr. Janice Manthorne)
E. Scott McClellan ...
Self - Professor (as Dr. E. Scott McClellan)
Pete McNab ...
Self - Friend
Jan Mills ...
Self - Friend
Anthony Monteverdi ...
Self - Classmate (as Dr. Anthony Monteverdi)
Darlene Nelville ...
Self - Child & Youth Advocate (archiveFootage)
Matt Oetinger ...
Self - Friend
Randy Piercy ...
Self - Shirley's Lawyer (archiveFootage)
Michelle Pualuan ...
Self - Friend
Suzanne Putnam ...
Self - Colleague (as Dr. Suzanne Putnam)
Rhonda Ridenhour ...
Self - Bob's Daughter
Self - Classmate (as Dr. Andrew Rossiter)
Jennifer Shaulis ...
Self - Colleague (as Dr. Jennifer Shaulis)
T.J. Shears ...
Self - Shirley's Son
Bob Sheraga ...
Self - Friend
Sue Sheraga ...
Self - Friend
Self - Colleague (as Dr. Clark Simpson)
Rick Singleton ...
Self - Grief Counselor (as Dr. Rick Singleton)
Self - Provincial Minister of Health (archiveFootage)
Self (as Father J. Christopher Snow)
Carol Stein ...
Self - Friend
Self - Classmate (as Dr. Leslie Thomas)
Self - Classmate (as Dr. Sherri-Lynn Tucker)
Self - College Roommate
Gail Welsh ...
Self - Judge (archiveFootage)

Directed by

Kurt Kuenne

Written by

Kurt Kuenne ... (writer)

Produced by

Scott Hooker ... executive producer
Kurt Kuenne ... producer
Michael Rubin ... executive producer
Elise Warner ... executive producer

Music by

Kurt Kuenne

Cinematography by

Kurt Kuenne

Film Editing by

Kurt Kuenne

Editorial Department

Luke Cahill ... colorist
Jonathan Liebert ... digital cinema mastering
Sean Meyers ... on-line editor

Art Department

Sean Ryan ... artist: drawing of Andrew and Zachary

Sound Department

Kurt Kuenne ... sound
Frank Serafine ... provider: sound library

Music Department

Melanie Dimmick ... orchestra contractor
Noah Scot Snyder ... scoring mixer (as Noah Snyder) / scoring recordist (as Noah Snyder)

Other crew

Josh Braun ... distribution advisor: Submarine Entertainmeny
Victoria S. Cook ... legal services: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Melissa Georges ... legal services: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz


Jeffrey Abramson ... thank you (as Jeff Abramson)
Heather Arnold ... thank you (as Dr. Heather Arnold)
Jon Atkinson ... thank you (as Jonathan Atkinson)
Andrew Bagby ... thank you (as Dr. Andrew David Bagby)
David Bagby ... dedicatee / thank you
Earlene Bagby ... thank you
James Bagby ... thank you
Kathleen Bagby ... dedicatee / thank you
Linda Bagby ... thank you
Pat Bagby ... thank you
Jason Baldwin ... thank you
Derek Barnard ... thank you
John Barnard ... thank you
Paul Barnard ... thank you
Pete Barnard ... thank you (as Peter Barnard)
Ruth Barnard ... thank you
Matthew Barry ... thank you
Robin Bates ... thank you
John Bertolino ... thank you (as Dr. John Bertolino)
David Billings ... thank you (as Dr. David Billings)
Lori Billings ... thank you (as Dr. Lori Billings)
Helen Bloomfield ... thank you
Ian Bowmer ... thank you (as Dr. M. Ian Bowmer)
Jacqueline Brazil ... thank you
Bill DiCuccio ... thank you (as Dr. Bill DiCuccio)
Danette Dooley ... thank you
Ken Eckhert ... thank you (as Dr. Ken Eckhert)
Maureen Egan ... thank you
Katie L. Fetting ... thank you
Karl Fischer ... thank you
Marci Fischer ... thank you
Olivier Galgani ... thank you
Michael Glassman ... thank you
Vera Griffin ... thank you
Himanshu ... thank you (as Himanshu Penday)
Justin Killion ... special thanks
Chris Koehler ... thank you
Greg Little ... thank you (as Dr. Gregory S. Little)
Tony Locke ... thank you (as Dr. Tony Locke)
Jennifer Lombard ... thank you (as Dr. Jennifer Lombard)
Mark Lombard ... thank you (as Dr. Mark Lombard)
Janice Manthorne ... thank you (as Dr. Janice Manthorne)
E. Scott McClellan ... thank you (as Dr. E. Scott McClellan)
Pete McNab ... thank you
Anthony Monteverdi ... thank you (as Dr. Anthony Monteverdi)
Matt Oetinger ... thank you
Christine A. Pechera ... thank you (as Christine Pechera)
Michelle Pualuan ... thank you
Suzanne Putnam ... thank you (as Dr. Suzanne Putnam)
Rhonda Ridenhour ... thank you
Andrew Rossiter ... thank you (as Dr. Andrew Rossiter)
Chris Schlerf ... thank you
Jennifer Shaulis ... thank you (as Dr/ Jennifer Shaulis)
T.J. Shears ... thank you (as TJ Shears)
Bob Sheraga ... thank you
Sue Sheraga ... thank you
Clark Simpson ... thank you (as Dr. T. Clark Simpson)
Rick Singleton ... thank you (as Dr. Richard Singleton)
J. Christopher Snow ... thank you (as Father J. Christopher Snow)
Noah Scot Snyder ... thank you (as Noah Snyder)
Carol Stein ... thank you
Manolo Travieso ... thank you
Sherri-Lynn Tucker ... thank you (as Dr. Sherri-Lynn Tucker)
Zachary Andrew Turner ... thank you (as Zachary Andrew Bagby)
Sebastian Twardosz ... thank you
Kristian Vallèe ... thank you (as Kistian Valleé)

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Your Father's Murderer: A Letter to Zachary (United Kingdom)
  • Agapite Zachary - Gramma s' ena gio gia ton patera tou (Greece)
  • Dear Zachary: Um Caso Chocante (Brazil)
  • Dear Zachary (Sweden)
  • Дорогой Закари: письмо сыну о его отце (Russia)
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  • 95 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia In 2013, the Director of this film Kurt Kuenne, posted a video on his YouTube channel talking about what happened after the movie. This includes his and the grandparents activism to change the bail law in Canada. Video title The Legacy of Dear Zachary: A Journey to Change the Law (2013). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Top 10 Most Hard to Watch Documentaries (2018). See more »
Quotes Kurt Kuenne: [to Andrew in home movie] I have a good idea: I'll go back in time and stop you from dying.
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