By Jennifer Smola - 06/20/12 10:53 PM EDT
A filmmaker who has released a new documentary about recovering the remains of World War II soldiers is seeking to show his movie on Capitol Hill.
Steven Barber’s “Until They Are Home,” narrated by actor Kelsey Grammer, follows the Department of Defense’s Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) task force as it returns to the island of Tarawa to find remains of U.S. soldiers who died there nearly 70 years ago.
“They need more funding,” Barber said. “I’m hoping a congressman or a senator will step up to the plate.”
To secure such a screening, Barber needs a lawmaker to sponsor the event.
Barber has targeted members like Sens. Jim Webb (D-Va.), John McCainJohn McCainOvernight Defense: Pentagon denies troops on Syrian front lines | Senators push for more Afghan visas McCain files B amendment to boost defense spending Senators push to authorize 4,000 more visas for Afghans MORE (R-Ariz.) and John KerryJohn KerryGOP senator calls for China to crack down on illegal opioid Obamas to live in home of former Clinton press secretary: report Even in defeat, Trump could harm the country irreparably MORE (D-Mass.), who have served in the military.
Another possibility, Barber said, is Sen. Max BaucusMax BaucusWyden unveils business tax proposal College endowments under scrutiny The chaotic fight for ObamaCare MORE (D-Mont.). Barber said he ran into the Finance Committee chairman on the Washington Mall last weekend as the senator accompanied a group of Montana veterans at the World War II Memorial. Barber chatted with Baucus, who lost a nephew in Iraq, about his documentary.
Barber premiered “Until They Are Home” at the Directors Guild of America on Memorial Day, but said “the Capitol will be a whole different ballgame.