Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

Synopsis: 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?
Director(s): Kurt Kuenne
Production: Oscilloscope Pictures
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

because of our names,

Atkinson and Bagby.


We talked for about 20,

and I realized,

"Wow, this guy's pretty cool."


Oh, I'm sure you got to hear

things I didn't get to hear.

Between the two of us,

we might actually be able to put

together a half-decent story.

And there was me.

My name's Kurt,

and I'm a filmmaker.

I'm Kurt Kuenne,

and I play Indiana Jones.

He appeared in every movie

I made growing up.

We made a movie!

He loved playing bad guys...

Shut up!

Jeff, get the cocaine.

A's, huh?

You must be a smart boy.

...and having

a free pass to smoke and swear

in front of his parents.

I will f*ck you up!

Kiss my ass, you son of a bitch!

Christ, start the fucking car

and get out of here!

F*ck you!

F*ck all you fucking people!

I did not say the F-word.

I'm sorry.

Which was probably

kind of a cool release

for a kid who made Eagle Scout

by age 15.

Mrs. Bagby, having watched it

where Andrew was running around

yelling and screaming,

kind of went...

I can't really remember being...

"Oh, that's not my son!"

Perhaps you have

a different idea

that I got all upset about it.

"Not my son!"

And, eventually,

I even got them in on the act.

Son of a bitch, you little shit!

You're a pain in the ass.

- You little bastard!

- Does that give you the right

to go yelling about your penis

on the air?

It wasn't always fun and games.

- You son of a bitch!

- Ow! Jesus!

Did I actually hit you?

- I didn't hurt your hand, did I?

- Yes, but don't worry about it.

And if you knee me in the balls

again, I'm going to kill you.

And I know

I drove him nuts sometimes.

Could you do that one more time?

- One more time.

- Okay, one more time.

One more time.

I want to see that one more

time. That was perfect.

The famous "one more time" line.

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Kurt Kuenne

Kurt Kuenne is an American filmmaker and composer. He has directed a number of short and feature films, including Rent-a-Person, the YouTube film Validation, described as "a romantic epic in miniature", and the documentary Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father. more…

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