Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father

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Bonus features include the film’s epilogue and numerous deleted sequences, along with all the 16mm raw footage shot of Zachary, and uncut footage of Dr. Andrew Bagby’s “Best Man Speech” and “Fire Story”.

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One of the Top 5 Documentaries of 2008 – National Board of Review

One of the “100 Greatest Documentaries of All Time” (#74) – PBS POV

One of the Ten Best Films of the Decade (#3) – Film School Rejects

“DEAR ZACHARY is one of the best documentaries you will see and it may actually be the best that I’ve EVER seen.”
– Erik Childress, VP, Chicago Film Critics Association

“A true-crime story so gripping, devastating and ultimately unforgettable that it easily trumps any thriller Hollywood has to offer this year.”
The Village Voice

“One of the best documentaries I have ever watched in my entire life…a film that will rock you to your core.” – Erik Davis, Cinematical


On November 5, 2001, Dr. Andrew Bagby was murdered in a parking lot in western Pennsylvania.  The prime suspect, his ex-girlfriend, Dr. Shirley Turner, promptly fled the United States for St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, where she announced that she was pregnant with Andrew’s child.  She named the little boy Zachary.

Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne, Andrew’s old friend, began making this film for little Zachary as a way for him to get to know the father he’d never meet.  But when Shirley Turner was released on bail in Canada and was given custody of Zachary while awaiting extradition to the U.S., the film’s focus shifted to Zachary’s grandparents, David and Kathleen Bagby, and their desperate efforts to win custody of the boy from the woman they knew had murdered their only son.



This short documentary by Kurt Kuenne, released in 2013, tells the story of how DEAR ZACHARY played a role in amending the Canadian Criminal Code on December 15, 2010. Do not watch until you have seen DEAR ZACHARY.

Festivals and Awards

  • One of the 100 Greatest Documentaries of All Time (#74) – PBS POV
  • One of the Top 5 Documentaries of 2008 – National Board of Review
  • Nominee, Best Documentary – Chicago Film Critics Association
  • Nominee, Best Documentary & Breakthrough Filmmaker (Kurt Kuenne) – Online Film Critics Society
  • Winner – Best Documentary, Society of Professional Journalists
  • Nominee, Best Documentary Score (Kurt Kuenne) – International Film Music Critics
  • Winner, Best Documentary (#3) – National Headliner Awards, Outstanding Achievement in Journalism
  • Winner, CINE Masters Series Award, Best Feature Documentary
  • One of the Best Films of the Decade (#3) – Film School Rejects
  • Slamdance Film Festival
  • Cinequest Film Festival – Winner, Audience Award & Jury Award
  • SXSW Film Festival
  • Sarasota Film Festival
  • Hot Docs Int’l Documentary Film Festival – Winner, Top 10 Audience Favorite (#3)
  • Silverdocs AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Film Festival – Nominee, WGA Documentary Screenplay Award
  • New Zealand International Film Festivals – Wellington & Auckland
  • World Film Festival, Montreal
  • Calgary International Film Festival
  • Edmonton International Film Festival
  • Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival – Winner, Audience Award
  • Indie Memphis Film Festival
  • San Francisco Documentary Film Festival
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
  • Williamstown Film Festival
  • Orlando Film Festival – Winner, Best Documentary
  • St. Louis International Film Festival – Winner, Audience Award
  • Starz Denver Film Festival
  • International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA)
  • Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival – China
  • International Filmweekend, Würzburg, Germany – Winner, Best Documetary (#3)
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival – Greece
  • Bradford International Film Festival – UK

One of the Best Films of 2008:
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Tiny Mix * * DC Entertainment Examiner * Moving Pictures Magazine