March 18 – 29
At Tower City
Only CIFF members can login. Join now for enhanced web features, discounts and dibs on tickets, advanced mailings and more!join
Events + Updates
Run Time: 93 minutes
When Kurt Kuenne's best friend Dr. Andrew Bagby was murdered, Kurt decided to make a film to commemorate him—so that none of the dozens of people whose lives he touched could ever forget just how special Andrew was. On November 5, 2001 Andrew Bagby was shot five times in an abandoned park. Charged with his murder was the woman he had recently broken up with. However, before police could get to her, she fled to Newfoundland, Canada where she later announced she was four months pregnant with Andrew's child. Andrew's parents gave up everything in their lives, including their bank account, to move to Newfoundland and launch a custody battle for baby Zachary. Thus began Kurt's new mission—to make DEAR ZACHARY a film that would one day teach Zachary about the amazing father he would never know. But no one could ever guess what would happen next… — M.M.
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Kurt Kuenne was born in Silicon Valley and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television in 1995, where he studied scoring for motion pictures and television and won the Harold Lloyd Scholarship in Film Editing. His previous short films and features have earned him an abundance of audience and jury awards, not to mention garnering him a Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences®.
"On the Air" (1990), "Remembrances" (1995), "Scrapbook" (1999), "Drive-In Movie Memories" (2001), DEAR ZACHARY: A LETTER TO A SON ABOUT HIS FATHER (2008), "Shuffle" (2011)