Newest Barber Effort Chronicles JPAC Mission

To Recover American MIA’s from World War II’s Bloody Battle of Tarawa

LOS ANGELES (April 17, 2012) – Country music superstar Clint Black will have his new original song "She Won't Let Go" featured in the new documentary from Filmmaker Steven C. Barber – “Until They Are Home” – premiering on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012 at 6 p.m. at the Directors Guild of America Theater Complex (7920 Sunset Blvd.) in Los Angeles.  Narrated by Kelsey Grammer, the film chronicles the search for the remains of missing U.S. Marines of World War II killed in the Battle of Tarawa in November of 1943.

The song “She Won’t Let Go,” about the heartbroken and confused five-year-old daughter of a service man leaving home for war, was co-written by Black and producer Frank Rogers.  It is Black’s second song to be featured in a documentary film by filmmaker Steven C. Barber.  In 2010, Black’s “A Better Life” was featured in Barber’s 2010 award-winning documentary “Unbeaten” (UnbeatenTheMovie.com), which went on to make the Oscar® Short List in the “Best Original Song” category for the 83rd Academy Awards®.

“Clint Black was extremely generous in providing us with another amazing song for my third film, ‘Until They Are Home,’” says Barber.  “His song ‘She Won’t Let Go’ really gets to the heartache family members experience when their loved ones leave home to serve our country in the Armed Forces, many never to return.  He’s not only a County Music legend, but a humanitarian and great human being.   I want to thank him on behalf of the entire Vanilla Fire Production team and all who serve.”

Directed by Barber, produced by Matthew Hausle and Tamara Henry and executive produced by Tim Shelton, “Until They Are Home” brings to light the extraordinary dedication of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) team members, largely unsung heroes who, until now, have been unrecognized while working in the shadows.  These young men and women returned in 2010 to the site of one of the most horrific battles of World War II in order to bring home fallen military heroes.  Their efforts on the island of Tarawa have provided some closure after 69 years, recovering the remains of a few U.S. servicemen and flying those remains back to American soil.

The Pentagon originally activated the JPAC on Oct. 1, 2003, to research and recover the remains of more than 83,000 unaccounted-for Americans from foreign wars in order to support the Department of Defense’s personnel accounting efforts.  JPAC has multiple teams that travel the globe on recovery missions, and “Until They Are Home” is the story of one of those missions.

About Vanilla Fire Productions:

Founded in 2006 by Steven C. Barber and Tamara Henry, Vanilla Fire Productions is a full service video and film production company that strives to create works that emotionally connect with audiences. Vanilla Fire specializes in servicing the entertainment and advertising industries in traditional and new media and also helps create projects by bringing content creators and advertisers together to develop sponsored and branded entertainment for distribution. Vanilla Fire is located in Santa Monica, Calif.  For more information on Vanilla Fire Productions and all its films, visit:  www.vanillafire.com and www.facebook.com/vanillafire. Vanilla Fire Productions would like to thank the following for their generous support of “Until They Are Home,” including: Kelsey Grammer, Clint Black, Cinemark Theatres and CEO Lee Roy Mitchell, Paul Mitchell Co-founder and CEO John Paul Dejoria, Larry King, John Savage, Joe Manganiello and Sean Patrick Flannery. Information on the documentary “Until They Are Home” can be found at the film’s official website -- www.untiltheyarehome.com – and at www.facebook.com/untiltheyarehome and www.twitter.com/untiltheyarehme.

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