Vanilla Fire Productions has partnered with Mighty Dog Productions for this amazing project. Mighty Dog is headed by Scott Minerd and Eloy Mendez, and their belief in this project and patriotism is unprecedented!
Vanilla Fire released PHOTOS of WWII Vet Leon Cooper and his new movie poster this Memorial Day on the Facebook page of the site http://vanillafire.weebly.com/
Mr. Cooper has been on a mission for more than a decade to shine the light on the 88,000 MIAs from WWII that never made it back from battle.
http://www.ReturnToTarawa.com was the first in this series of award winning films released in 2008 to a worldwide audience on the Discovery's Military Channel. Return To Tarawa, narrated by Ed Harris, received much media publicity including Larry King Live and Katie Couric and ABC World News. The film triggered Congress to pass legislation, sending Vanilla Fire back for a Repatriation Ceremony by JPAC. This film Until They Are Home was narrated by Kelsey Grammer and placed on the 2012 Oscar Shortlist for the 85th Academy Awards.
Vanilla Fire's second film of the series, http://www.UntilTheyAreHome.com utilizes Mr. Coopers story of his landing at the bloody beaches of Tarawa and follows the brave men of JPAC as they go back to Tarawa on a 60 day mission to locate, recover and repatriate US Marines from WW 2. The film was featured at the Sundance Film Festival and also made the Oscar short list in 2011. The legendary actor Kelsey grammar lends his voice for narration and the film is now enjoying a world wide audience in 41 countries on NETFLIX, AMAZON PRIME, HULU, VUDU, ROKU, GAIAM, MILITARY.COM and iTunes and other digital platforms.
Vanilla Fire has now attached American Actor Lou Diamond Phillips as narrator of this noble project to follow in the footsteps of Dan Aykroyd, Ed Harris, Kelsey Grammer and John Savage. Mr. Phillips was born on a military base in the Philippines to an American Naval Officer and has enjoyed a very successful run on the Military Channel with "An Officer And A Movie." Phillips has been an outspoken advocate of the Filipino Veterans Equity Act of 2006, and its legislation to provide the same benefits to Filipino WWII veterans who served with the United States as has been available to other U.S. World War II veterans. Phillips is very close to the Native American community. In 1990, he was adopted by the Sioux tribe, although he is Cherokee by blood. "Star Keeper" is his Sioux name.
Vanilla Fire Creator and Producer Tamara Henry is one quarter Cherokee by blood. She was born at Fort Belvoir military base in Alexandria, VA while her father was serving our country in Intelligence at the Pentagon. He received a Bronze Star for ground operations against hostile forces. She is looking for funding for her own directorial debut on a military history film Treasures In Heaven for 2018. http://tamarahenry.weebly.com/
Vanilla Fire Productions is also premiering The Carrier narrated by John Savage on SnagFilms this Memorial Day. The Carrier is the 4th movie from filmmakers Barber and Hausle, where they took their cameras out onto the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson on 11/11/11 to tell the story of the men and women of the US Navy aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) from 9/11 to Haiti to Terrorist Osama bin Laden to 11/11/11.
The back drop for The Carrier was the first basket ball on game on an active nuclear aircraft carrier, where Michigan State and North Carolina squared off to reward and rejuvenate US Navy, on the greenest aircraft carrier in America. The President and First Lady, and Magic Johnson were on board and it aired on ESPN, Extra (NBC) and FOX Los Angeles. www.CarrierClassicMovie.com
Vanilla Fire has been shooting and premiering noble films to serve our military since 2007, and continuing the legacy of 94-year-old WWII Veteran Leon Cooper. Vanilla Fire. Serves the military, passes the torch and continues the legacy.
The release date for Return To The Philippines is Veterans Day 2014. Vanilla Fire Productions is speaking to Discovery, HBO, Netflix and other platforms to find a home for what will be an amazing story on the last WWII Veteran in the fight's never ending vigilance to make sure all Americans not only remember the sacrifices of the 16,000,000 men who fought in WWII, but to NEVER FORGET the 88,000 still missing!
Executive Producers Scott Minerd and Eloy Mendez with Producers Tim Shelton, Tamara Henry and Steven C. Barber. A Vanillla Fire Film. Directed by Matthew Hausle.