STEVEN C BARBER
Steven C Barber is a writer and film maker living in Santa Monica, California. He was born in Syracuse, New York in 1961, and is the great nephew of Edith Wharton, the first female writer to win the Pulitzer Prize.
After a three year stint at Augusta Military Academy in Ft. Defiance, Virginia in the late 1970’s and then graduating from Western Kentucky University, Mr. Barber headed west to give his writing and acting chops a workout.
Having worked on many films and a series of television shows in the early 1980’s, he took a break from Hollywood and found work and adventure on 19 cruise ships in the 1980’s and early 1990’s that would take him to more than countries and over 5,000,000 nautical miles. His first novel, “Below the Waterline,” a fictional and whimsical tale of love on the high seas, is a big seller on Amazon.com.
Upon returning to Hollywood in the mid 1990’s, Mr. Barber found some success on a series of reality shows and, after a falling out with a large corporation he had been working with, decided to bank roll everything he had with $50,000 worth of camera equipment and give documentary film making a shot. This fortuitous and serendipitous action has paid off in a big way.Mr. Barber’s first film, “Return to Tarawa” (www.returntotarawa.com) is an award-winning documentary that has been able to get congressional legislation passed in Congress to bring home MIAs from World War II. Actor Ed Harris lent his voice to this tremendous story of redemption and healing of 90 year-old, World War II veteran Leon Cooper.
Mr. Barber’s second film “Unbeaten” (www.unbeatenthemovie.com) is a magical story about 31 Paraplegics who take on the world most grueling road race and push their wheelchairs 267 miles in six days between Fairbanks and Anchorage. This amazing film will have narration from Dan Aykroyd. “Unbeaten” is scheduled for release in early January 2010. Mr. Barber’s mission is to raise the profile of the disabled athlete and the disabled American.
He is working on three more documentaries for release in 2010 and 2011 and considers himself extremely fortunate and is very grateful to have had this early success in the documentary film world.
Inspirational filmmaker Tamara Henry, MA is a producer for Unbeaten, and the co-founder/creator of Vanilla Fire Productions. She is the associate producer for the World War II film “Return To Tarawa: The Leon Cooper Story,” narrated by Ed Harris.
Ms. Henry is a producer for various television shows including “Metro Motion,” a half-hour show featuring the impact of traffic in Los Angeles on the environment, carpooling and public transportation, which airs on a dozen cable television outlets across greater Los Angeles. She is one of the reporters for Santa Monica City TV 16, producing positive news and interviewing city leaders about issues that impact the community. Ms. Henry is a former WB and Fox evening news anchor who produced health and medical news. She also created and produced her own spiritual talk show interviewing actors, producers and directors, “IN with Tamara Henry,” which aired on Time Warner Cable Los Angeles.
Tamara has worked in television production for more than twelve years and produces in the studio and in the field with extensive coverage of red carpets for film festival circuits, award shows and celebrity events. She is a registered producer at Discovery Communications, having co-produced a film currently showing on the Military Channel. The movie appears on CNN Larry King Live Dec 19, 2009.
Tamara has also appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “Access Hollywood,” Animal Planet, Oxygen, Style Network, Bravo, and USA Network. Tamara’s film acting credits can be seen at IMDb. In her newest venture, she is creator, producer and host of “Green T with Tamara” (which rhymes with “camera”) on www.GreenTwithTamara.TV.
Ms. Henry was Miss Arkansas USA 1997. She won the Fruit of the Loom – Quality of Life Award and the Community Service Award for an inspirational program about mind, body and spirit she created entitled “Promoting Health through Whole Person Wellness.”
Competing in the Miss Arkansas Pageant earned her scholarship money she used toward her bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism with an emphasis in radio, television and film. Since becoming a television news anchor in 1997, Ms. Henry has been giving back through a scholarship of her own: “The Tamara Henry Broadcast Journalism Award.” Now, she’s helping the nationally-televised 2010 Miss America Pageant to go green with the “Green Is Gorgeous” interactive eco-contest she produced for GreenTwithTamara.TV.
Ms. Henry has continued her education, earning a master’s degree in spiritual psychology with an emphasis in consciousness, health and healing. She is dedicated to conscious content and positive programming, and belongs to various Los Angeles groups that are dedicated to meaningful media and enlightened entertainment. Ms. Henry has worked as in the media covering Women In Film events throughout the years. She can be seen at recent Los Angeles Film Festivals, asking “whether film can change the world.” Ms. Henry has interviewed film actors including Morgan Freeman, Glenn Close, Sir Richard Branson and many more on deeper issues facing humanity.
SHANE KRIDER – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Shane Krider is CEO and visionary of Polaris Media Group, a worldwide media company specializing in entrepreneur education. “The Unbeaten” is one in a series of high-profile documentary partnerships with award-winning documentarians that explore many facets of human spirit.
GREGORY STROM – PRODUCER
Gregory Strom is a multi-award winning director, producer, editor and writer. In the mid-1980’s, Mr. Strom began producing and directing television commercials, documentaries and short films in New York. After moving to Los Angeles, he directed an award-winning feature film, numerous music videos, and several national television commercial campaigns. He also directed a series of television commercials in which the legendary Fred Astaire danced with a modern day vacuum cleaner product. The spots debuted in front of over a billion viewers during the Super Bowl.
In addition, Mr. Strom has produced, directed and edited numerous commercial, documentary and corporate broadcast projects. His documentary producing credits include “Birth of a Racer” for Discovery HD, “Unconquered: Allan Houser and the Legacy of One Apache Family” for PBS, “Comedy: The Road Less Traveled,” “Unbeaten,” “Surfing With The Enemy,” “Kids With Cameras” and “Halfway Home.”
Mr. Strom is the head of worldwide media for Polaris Media Group. He is the recipient of many international awards including four New York Film Festival, five Clio, 15 Belding, eight Telly, ten Addy (including Best of Show), one Platinum Aurora Award (Best of Show), four Worldfest, three Prism Award and numerous Los Angeles and New York Art Director Awards.