Award-winning filmmaker Steven C. Barber ("Return To Tarawa") has a new documentary making its debut this Memorial Day. "Until They Are Home" focuses on the search for the remains of U.S. Marines who were killed in the World War II Battle of Tarawa, and it features a major co-sign: Kelsey Grammer narrates.
The film is a sequel to "Return to Tarawa: The Leon Cooper Story," which was narrated by Ed Harris. That documentary centered on Cooper, who at 93 is one of the last remaining survivors of the battle. Tarawa was a fortified Japanese compound in the Pacific (currently part of the Republic of Kiribati). During "Return," Cooper and the film crew discovered that the island is still littered with live ammunition.
"Until They Are Home," naturally, focuses on what comes next. In 2010, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) team went back to Tarawa to recover the remains of Marines and bring them home.
Grammer narrates the documentary, which -- according to a press release -- Larry King "highly recommends" and John Savage describes as "a remarkable journey of positive dedication and patriotism."
See footage of Grammer in the studio above, and head to the movie's website for more information, including a petition Cooper in hopes of bringing all fallen servicemen home from Tarawa. "Until They Are Home" premieres Monday, May 28 at 6 pm at the Director's Guild of America in Los Angeles.