Also, Vanilla Fire will make a run for best song with a second original song donated by Clint Black called "She Won't Let Go." The film http://www.UNTILTHEYAREHOME.com is a moving and gripping tale of WWII veterans Norm Hatch and Leon Cooper as they commiserate over one of the bloodiest battles in the history of mankind known as "Bloody Tarawa."
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1,113 Marines were killed between November 20-23rd in 1943, and the battle is retold through the eyes of these two 90 year old Veterans and transitions into the documenting of JPAC, which is the Joint POW/MIA ACCOUNTING COMMAND based in Honolulu at Hickam Air Force Base. This 70 minute documentary directed by Steven C. Barber is masterfully written and edited by Paul Freedman who weaves the story together like a veteran military editor. The movie goer is hooked from the first seamless moment as Barber starts where it all began in 1997 at the home of the late, great Eddie Albert who saved 80 Marines in the Battle of Tarawa during those three days in November 1943. This never before seen footage of Mr. Albert is beyond touching and beautiful to watch.
Until They Are Home is the sequel to Barber's wildly successful and award-wining film WWW.RETURNTOTARAWA.COM that has played on the Discovery/Military Channel and Hulu since its debut in 2008. The film was so powerful and widely received that is was actually spurred legislation and triggered a Congressional mandate to fund the $750,000 mission back to Tarawa with the 17 member team of Marines, Army, Navy and Air Force personal back for a 60 day mission to Tarawa in 2010.
In those 60 days, two sets of American remains were recovered and several sets of Japanese remains as well. Over 6,000 Japanese were killed in those three days by the overwhelming forces of the Marines of the 2nd Division. Tarawa was the beginning of an island hopping campaign that took the US Marines and Navy right to Japan when in preparation for the Battle of Japan two atom bombs were dropped that ended the war.
Barber will be having a 600 person premiere at the Directors Guild of America on May 28th - Memorial Day and all are welcome. There will be food and drink and 100 US Marines are expected from San Diego as honoured guests. Also, RSVPs by several A list celebrities from Sean Patrick Flanery to "True Blood's" Joe Manganiello and John Savage, just to name a few.
Cinemark Theatres will be the main sponsor thanks to the generosity of Lee Roy Mitchell, the company's CEO. Also, CEO JP Dejoria has several hundred gift bags for the Marines and movie goers that come to the premiere. People can RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/
Vanilla Fire is cocked and loaded with its fourth film set to launch at the end of Summer 2012 premiering WWW.CARRIERCLASSICMOVIE.COM on Veterans Day. The subject matter of this film was the documenting of the world's first basket call game on a live nuclear aircraft carrier in the San Diego Bay. Vanilla Fire had exclusive rights to shoot this amazing film and has hopes of premieres at UNC and University of Michigan and also aboard several of the Navy's Aircraft Carrier Fleet.
See Vanilla Fire this Summer at the London 2012 Games with the sequel to Unbeaten, American Paraplegic.
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