Irish Film Institute -DEAR ZACHARY: A Letter To A Son About His Father

DEAR ZACHARY: A Letter To A Son About His Father

Director: Kurt Kuenne

US • 2008 • 93 mins

On the evening of November 5th 2001, Dr. Andrew Bagby, 28, 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 – where she announced that she was pregnant with Andrew’s child. She named the little boy Zachary. Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne, Andrew’s childhood friend, originally began this film as a way for little Zachary to learn about his father. But when Shirley Turner was allowed to walk free on bail in Canada and given custody of Zachary while awaiting extradition to the United States, the film’s focus shifted to Zachary’s grandparents, David & Kathleen Bagby, and their desperate efforts to win custody of the boy. ‘A crime story so gripping, devastating, and ultimately unforgettable that it easily trumps any thriller Hollywood has to offer this year’
Village Voice

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