MSNBC has launched MSNBC Films, a new feature documentary initiative that gives MSNBC a platform to present and produce provocative, compelling and award-winning films on television, while also supporting films during their festival run and theatrical release. The first film in the new venture is Kurt Kuenne’s "Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father." Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment represents the film and negotiated and structured the partnership with MSNBC.
The project began as a memorial to Kuenne’s life-long friend Dr. Andrew Bagby, but it took on a whole new meaning when it was revealed that Bagby’s ex-girlfriend and suspected murderer was pregnant with his child. Kuenne travels to dozens of cities in three countries where he meets with virtually every person who ever touched and was touched by Bagby, while Bagby’s parents fight for custody of the baby.
"Dear Zachary" premiered in January at the Slamdance Film Festival to widespread acclaim and has since screened at numerous prestigious festivals including Hot Docs (Top 10 Audience Favorite), SXSW, Sarasota and SilverDocs.
The film will premiere on MSNBC following a theatrical release that is currently in negotiations and expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Kurt Kuenne is Producer, Director and Editor of "Dear Zachary." Michael Rubin, Scott Hooker and Elise Warner are Executive Producers of "Dear Zachary" for MSNBC.