This past Friday, I got one of the many emails I get about upcoming movies and the like. I tend to throw them in the slush pile and try to comb through them when I can. This time, the message wasn’t even about the movie itself, but about the premiere of the trailer for an upcoming doc. I checked it out, and, whoa, I’m pretty interested. The film is called Dear Zachary and here’s the press info on the doc:

Dear Zachary
On November 5, 2001, Dr. Andrew Bagby 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, Canada, where she announced that she was pregnant with Andrew’s child. She named the little boy Zachary.
Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne, Andrew’s oldest friend, began making a film for little Zachary as a way for him to get to know the father he’d never meet. But when Shirley Turner was released on bail in Canada and was given custody of Zachary while awaiting extradition to the United States, the film’s focus shifted to Zachary’s grandparents, David and Kathleen Bagby, and their desperate efforts to win custody of the boy from the woman they knew had murdered their son.

What happened next, no one could have foreseen…

The trailer is here.

It looks pretty incredible, doesn’t it? Of course, whenever people start saying things like “One of the best documentaries I have ever seen in my entire life,” as Erik Davis does over at, then you have to worry about managing expectations. Still, I’m interested. Maybe this is the next Capturing the Friedmans or My Kid Could Paint That? What do you think?

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Tom Roston
Tom Roston is a guest columnist for POV's documentary blog. He is a former Premiere magazine senior editor, who graduated from Brown University and started his career in journalism at The Nation and then Vanity Fair. Tom's freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter and other publications. He has written several Kindle Singles, including the bestselling Kindle Singles Interview: Ken Burns. Tom's current list of favorite documentaries are: 1. Koyanisqaatsi by Godfrey Reggio; 2. Hoop Dreams by Steve James; 3.Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley; 4.Crumb by Terry Zwigoff; 5. Montage of Heck by Brett Morgen