Sure to be one of the best documentaries from 2008, and already the winner of a long string of awards, Kurt Kuenne’s Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son about His Father is a true knock out. I just saw the repeat showing at the EIFF. The film zips, twists, and turns, but never loses sight of its raison d’etre of paying a video tribute to a close friend of Kuenne’s, Andrew Bagby, whose life was tragically cut short. But the story, much of which takes place in Newfoundland, is one that casts its own dark shadow. The last 15 minutes will leave you devastated if you don’t already know what happens, and may still do so even if you do. Lots of info at the Dear Zachary website, including the trailer, prize info, and release details. The film will open in theatres in NYC on October 31st (at Cinema Village) and in LA on November 7th (at Laemmle’s Sunset 5) and on that day also in Chicago (Gene Siskel Film Center). Links for the best-selling book, Dance with the Devil: A Memoir of Murder and Loss, by Andrew’s father, David Bagby, can also be found at the film website.