Dear Zachary

Dear Zachary

A Letter to A Son About His Father

Streaming Video - 2008
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Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne's poignant tribute to his murdered childhood friend, Andrew Bagby, tells the story of a child custody battle between the baby's grieving grandparents and Shirley Turner, Bagby's pregnant ex-girlfriend and suspected killer. Initially, Kuenne made this documentary as a memorial for Andrew's loved ones, but it morphs into an emotional legal odyssey when Turner goes free on bail and is allowed to raise her son.
Publisher: [United States] : Oscilloscope Pictures : Made available through hoopla, 2008
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 95 min.)) : sd., col

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andreajesse
Apr 12, 2018

They say truth is stranger than fiction and this is certainly true here. If they say that the worst things happen to the best people, then that is also true here. The low production values of this movie is made up for by all the original footage. Andrew Bagby was loved and he was lovable. His good nature was captured time and time again on video and testimonials speak to how he will live on after death. A most unnecessary death at the hands of a completely selfish person who remained selfish to the end. Good people come from good people and Andrew's parents are clearly that. The lengths these two go to to ensure a good life for their grandson is astounding. The film-maker has done something remarkable here. While he could not save the lives of two people, he may have saved the lives of two more by showcasing how much they matter to so many.

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ladydrummer
Apr 06, 2018

An amazingly powerful documentary. Not to be missed!

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nat_cyr0
Jul 17, 2017

This film touched at my heart strings and brought tears to my eyes, a wonderful tribute to an amazing man who lost his life due to violence, and to the son he never met. I have great admiration for Kathy and David who have had to deal with the loss of their only son and grandson. It angers me that Shirley Turner was able to get bail and get access to her son, while accused of murder. This film will make you cry, laugh and think almost at the same time.

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BridgettM
Oct 26, 2016

Dear Zachary is a great and heartbreaking film. I recommend it for all adults who like documentaries and especially for those with an interest in true crime documentaries such as Making a Murderer and The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.

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BeccaG98
Sep 05, 2016

One of THE best documentaries ever. Riveting story, interesting storytelling approach, emotional rollercoaster, politically motivating.

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LittleNoName
Aug 06, 2016

Wow. At first I thought I might give up on this one but am so, so happy I stuck with it. Kathy & David are truly amazing despite being victimized over & over. I know our justice system is old but this story truly shines the light on the urgency & need for radical changes.
Definately, highly recommend....watch at least 30minutes &, if by then, you aren't into it turn it off.

SFPL_LisaF Aug 01, 2015

Absolutely devastating story. Seriously it will rip your heart out.

FollowTheBlind Jul 20, 2015

I almost turned it off ten minutes in because I had no idea who Andrew Bagby was and I thought in order to make the documentary really resonate I would have to know him. I stuck with it though, and am so glad I did. The story is so compelling, and his parents are such great people; the events that unfold are completely heartbreaking. Know that if you choose to watch this film, you will probably find tears running down your face before you even realise you're sobbing.

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Quetzlzacatenango
Dec 25, 2014

Not a particularly well filmed documentary but the story is so compelling and carries so much weight it must be heard. Truly emotional.

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Nursebob
Dec 17, 2014

In the Fall of 2005, 32-year old Dr. Andrew Bagby was found murdered in a Pennsylvania state park. The prime suspect Dr. Shirley Turner, his estranged girlfriend, promptly fled to Canada. While his parents fought for her extradition back to the USA Turner stunned everyone by claiming she was pregnant with Andrew's child...a boy she named Zachary. In this amazing documentary, Andrew's childhood friend Kurt Kuenne prepares a time capsule of sorts for Zachary so the child will know something of his father when he grows up. Following Andrew's grimly determined parents as they fight for custody of their only grandson, Kuenne casts a disparaging eye on Canada's pathetically outdated judicial system as it forces the grieving couple to jump through endless hoops. But he saves the final insult for last. The film's frantic editing style, composed of jump cuts and overlapping dialogue, is problematic at first but once the story really starts you will be glued to your seats.

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