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Project of the Day: 'Sam & Amira'

By Indiewire | Indiewire May 21, 2014 at 4:15AM

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.
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"Amira & Sam"
"Amira & Sam"

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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