January 2, 2009 11:21 PM Subscribe
is a filmmaker and composer. His light hearted, modern fairy tales have a strange continuity to them. Validation
is the story of how free parking can change your life. Rent-A-Person
is a musical about restroom attendants and Slow
is about the power of travel. But Kurt's work isn't just fairy tales.
He filmed Dear Zachary
, a memorial for his best friend, Dr. Andrew Bagby. (Trailer)
Andrew was found shot to death
in Keystone State Park. Investigations quickly led to Shirley Turner
, an estranged girlfriend. Shirley fled to Canada, where she was arrested. Extradition proceedings began
Midway through the filming of the documentary and the extradition hearings, it was discovered that Shirley Turner was pregnant with Andrew Bagby's child.
The documentary Kurt was filming became a message to Andrew's son about his father and the people who loved him.
The child, Zachary, was born,
and Andrew's parents, David and Kate Bagby began custody proceedings.
The extradition hearings dragged
for months. Shirley was released on bail while maintaining custody of Zachary.
On August 18th, 2003, both Shirley and Zachary were found dead
in an apparent Murder/Suicide.
have blamed child welfare
, social services
, the court psychiatrist
, and the canadian legal system
David Bagby maintains a memorial for his son and grandson,
and has written a book, Dance with the Devil: A Memoir of Murder and Loss
Dear Zachary is currently at 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.