Confessions of a Film Junkie: A Review of the documentary “Dear Zachary”
By Brian Cotnoir
“Dear Zachary” is a documentary that was released in the year 2008 and was made by filmmaker Kurt Kuenne. The film tells the true life story of Kuenne’s friend Dr. Andrew Bagby, who was murdered in 2001, “supposedly” by his ex-girlfriend, Shirley Turner. Shortly after Bagby’s murder, Turner fled the United States and went to her home in Newfoundland. Even more shocking was when it was discovered that Turner was pregnant with Bagby’s child. Kuenne decided to make this film as a tribute to his late friend and also for Bagby’s son, Zachary. Kuenne traveled all over the world interviewing family, friends, and basically anyone who knew or was connected in some way or another to Andrew Bagby, so that someday Bagby’s son could see what a truly great person his father was. The documentary also focuses on the epic custody battle between Zachary’s mother, Shirley, and Andrew’s parents(Zachary’s grandparents).
I don’t want to give away many more details because I think people should see this amazing documentary, but what I will say is that the documentary’s climax should send your emotions into a massive explosion like nothing you’ve ever felt before.
“Dear Zachary” is not just a wonderful documentary, but it is also a great tribute to a fallen friend. Kurt Kuenne brings out a broad spectrum of emotions that has more twists and turns than the famous Lombard Street in San Francisco. This film is also perfect for those who are interested Law, family law, and filmmaking. Again, Kurt Kuenne did an absolutely amazing job with this film and it was one of the best documentaries I have ever seen.