This heartbreaking doco begins as a loving scrapbook tribute to the filmmaker's dead friend before careening into a harrowing and provocative true-crime drama.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2008
Let me state up front that I pursued this documentary and wanted to share it with as many as possible. The film does not sit comfortably in the Incredibly Strange section and yet it resonates with me more than any other film. Kurt Kuenne‘s heartbreaking work begins as a loving scrapbook tribute to his murdered friend (and lead actor in their home movies) Andrew Bagby, before careening into a harrowing true-crime drama that has reduced hardened festival patrons to tears. Kuenne deftly wraps the memories of all those who loved Bagby into virtuoso montages intercut with bittersweet scenes from their home movies together. Dear Zachary‘s kicker is a real-life third act that is as unpredictable and tragic as any a screenwriter could ever conjure. A devastating documentary that takes viewers through an emotional spin cycle, from happiness to sorrow and finally, after they catch their breath, anger. — AT