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by Indiewire
May 21, 2014 4:15 AM
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Project of the Day: 'Sam & Amira'

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Sam & Amira" 

Tweetable Logline: A love story about an army vet struggling to assimilate back into a country while trying to win the heart of an Iraqi immigrant.

Elevator Pitch: Most "soldier-coming-home-from-war" films deal with a soldier battling PTSD, we wanted to flip that well-worn premise on its head: What if the soldier who returns if fine, but it's his country that's lost its mind? 

America was built on the backs of immigrants and protected by the courage of veterans – yet both of these groups have grown increasingly marginalized in today's society. The best way to explore such complex issues in the context of an independent film was to create an intimate love story with universal implications.

Production Team:

Written and Directed by Sean Mullin 

Stars: Martin Starr (Silicon Valley; Knocked Up), Dina Shihabi, Paul Wesley (Vampire Diaries) and Laith Nakli (The Visitor

Timothy R. Boyce Jr. ... Co-producer
Patrick Callahan ... Co-executive producer
Michael Connors ... Co-producer
Terry Leonard ... Producer
Erich Lochner ... Producer
Matt Miller ... Producer
Meg Montagnino-Jarrett ...Executive producer
James Ponsoldt ... Executive Producer (The Spectacular Now)
Daniel Vecchione ... Cinematographer
Julian Robinson .........Editor

About the Production: From Director Sean Mullin: The inspiration for this film comes from a very personal place. As an officer in the New York Army National Guard, I was a first-responder on September 11th, 2001.  I spent almost a year as the Officer in Charge of the soldiers stationed down at Ground Zero – while performing stand-up comedy at night.  After witnessing firsthand how our country decided to deal with the attacks – unending warfare, rampant xenophobia, financial deregulation – I felt compelled to set my debut feature film within this world. 

Current Status: Funds for festival travel, Posters, Festival Publicist, BTS editor, and so on

For more information and to support this project: Indiegogo Page 

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  • kevin lett | June 16, 2014 4:25 AMReply

    Gotta see this!

  • heather | June 9, 2014 5:12 PMReply

    Want to see it!

  • Ingrid Vollset | June 8, 2014 1:44 PMReply

    Looks beautiful!Can't wait to see more!!!

  • Ahmed Amin | June 8, 2014 6:09 AMReply

    Excellent job, can't wait to see it!!!

  • Jagoda Letkowska | June 7, 2014 8:05 PMReply

    Sam& Amira!!!!!!!!!! Bravo! Bravo! Bravissimo! It is a great movie!

  • Lacy Marie Meyer | June 7, 2014 2:40 PMReply

    Laith Nakli is the jam!!!

  • Laura Lynn Cottrel | June 7, 2014 2:24 PMReply

    Totally a film I'd want to see.

  • Jules Helm | June 7, 2014 1:43 PMReply

    Great film! A must see!!!

  • Steve Griffith | June 7, 2014 5:54 AMReply

    Sam & Amira is a movie that is relevant and can make a positive impact on American society.

  • Jeffrey Heisler | June 6, 2014 6:30 PMReply

    I want to definitely see more from the people who brought us this great piece of cinema! Sam and Amira! LOVE

  • Rebecca Jean Smith | June 6, 2014 5:09 PMReply

    Loved it!!

  • Brian Distance | June 6, 2014 3:09 PMReply

    This is a timely topic that heretofore has not been explored. Very interesting concept. This is one I would want to see at TriBeCa.

  • Bob Glass | June 6, 2014 2:55 PMReply

    Great Movie, saw it at the premiere in Seattle. Can't wait to see it and other Sean Mullin movies more broadly distributed.

  • jumana | May 28, 2014 3:55 AMReply

    sam and amira

  • Susan Alden | May 27, 2014 10:41 PMReply

    I can't wait to see Sam & Amira! Having personally witnessed Sean's Mullin's unique talent and passion while we were attending West Point, I have no doubt this film will be phenomenal!

  • TaraHanscom | May 27, 2014 7:43 PMReply

    When does this movie play in New York . I want to see it I am a big fan of Paul Wesley

  • chi | May 27, 2014 4:03 PMReply

    Yes, want to see this!

  • Ross | May 27, 2014 3:12 PMReply

    been hearing awesome things about this movie. can't wait to see it!

  • Pinky | May 27, 2014 1:30 PMReply

    Defo watching it 😍😍

  • Drouot | May 26, 2014 3:56 PMReply

    I'm gonna see this movie because Paul Wesley is involved !

  • Mary Anne | May 25, 2014 10:08 PMReply

    Can't wait until Friday!!!! Movie time!!!

  • Jo | May 23, 2014 2:41 PMReply

    can't wait to get the opportunity to see this movie!!

  • adam kern | May 23, 2014 1:01 AMReply

    I love it!

  • Jennifer Cullen | May 22, 2014 8:01 PMReply

    I can't wait to see this film!! It looks like an awesome film even independent of the important subject matter that it is tackling. That and the video on the indigogo page is priceless, love his daughter in that.

  • Joan | May 22, 2014 4:41 PMReply

    Looking forward to seeing this film. It's important to support independent film makers and the artists who take part in these projects.