11/11/11 on Fox 11 Carrier Classic Veterans Day with the President


CNN Larry King Live "Return To Tarawa: The Leon Cooper Story"

CNN John Roberts "Unbeaten"

CBS National News with Katie Couric "Return To Tarawa: The Leon Cooper Story"

ABC World News Tonight "Return To Tarawa: The Leon Cooper Story"

CNN Sundance "Unbeaten"

FOX "Until They Are Home" with Steven C. Barber

Friday, March 26, 2010

Malibu Times - March 2010

He was floored by the power and excitement of the competition and immediately went to see an old friend, Malibu philanthropist and CEO of John Paul Mitchell Systems, John Paul DeJoria.

“Like 99 percent of the American public, I didn't know anything about disabled athletes,” Barber said. “When I told J.P. about the race, he said right off he would sponsor a team. After I started shooting some footage I thought would be good for marketing, I realized that there might be a documentary here.”

Friday, March 19, 2010

HBO Honors Us with Private Screening

HBO Honors WWII Veteran with Private Screening of The Pacific

HBO recently honored WWII Veteran Leon Cooper, Filmmaker Steven C. Barber and Associate Producer Tamara Henry at HBO's corporate headquarters in Santa Monica, California.

PR Log (Press Release)Mar 19, 2010 – Leon Cooper, the subject of the award-winning documentary www.ReturnToTarawa.com on the Discovery Network's Military Channel, was recently invited to a private screening in Santa Monica of Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks' ten-part HBO series The Pacific. Photos from the event can be seen here: http://docs.google.com/View?id=ddb56tbv_393gff6sjf7

Cooper was accompanied by award winning filmmaker Steven C. Barber and associate producer Tamara Henry.

HBO CEO Bill Nelson arranged for this amazing tribute and welcomed Cooper by extending an invitation that said, "I salute you for your heroic service to this great country. HBO would be pleased to have you review this film in a private setting at our Santa Monica office."

Cooper was visibly moved throughout the presentation and was especially hard hit when the scene of the higgins boat instantly transported him back to 1943 where he was a real life higgins boat commander in six operations of the Pacific theater.

Cooper remarked, "The music that Hans Zimmer scored for this piece was especially moving to me."

Barber commented, "I would personally like to thank HBO for this magnanimous private screening for 90-year-old WWII Veteran Leon Cooper."

Barber has been invited by JPAC to go back to Tarawa this summer 2010 to search for the remains for more than 300 missing marines that are still unaccounted for on the atoll of Tarawa. Barber says, "Spielberg and Hanks' timing could not be better as our film Return to Tarawa was so powerful that we were able to enact legislation based on the power of Return to Tarawa on the Discovery's Military Channel." Barber plans on going back for his third documentary on this gripping subject matter.

Leon Cooper is finishing his third book titled "Searching for Private Somes" based on his time on Tarawa where he located the grave-site of a PFC Somes that is memorialized and buried in the New Zealand memorial known as the Coast Watchers. Cooper is also busy on a day-to-day basis with his new non-profit to help shed light on the MIA situation.