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Military Date Night With 'Amira & Sam'

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West Point graduate Sean Mullin served as the Officer in Charge of the soldiers stationed at Ground Zero after 9/11 as a Captain in the Army National Guard. He's gone on to perform stand-up comedy and now he's written and directed Amira & Sam, a feature film about Army vet Sam Seneca (played by Martin Starr) home from service in Iraq.

It's a romantic comedy, so nothing gets too heavy, but Sam tries to make sense of an America that doesn't have much connection to the wars it's fighting and the people who served. He gets involved with his cousin's Wall Street schemes (Paul Wesley from The Vampire Diaries) and falls in love with Amira (played by Dina Shahibi), the niece of an Iraqi translator now living in New York. Amira's here illegally and they try to sort out their romance while she's facing deportation. Spoiler: love wins in the end. This is a rare leading role for Starr, an underrated actor who's given consistently first-rate performances in movies and TV shows like Freaks & Geeks, Silicon Valley, Knocked Up, Party Down, Superbad and This is the End.

Distributor Alamo Drafthouse Films is promoting the movie with a Military Date Night deal for service members this weekend. Check out a trailer for the movie and complete details about the promotion below.

Bonus: this is an excellent movie (along with Fort Blissto recommend to all your friends and neighbors who are suddenly aware of veterans issues now that they've seen American Sniper.

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Service members can present a valid Military ID at the box office to receive a free ticket with the purchase of a ticket to see Amira & Sam. Offer for a free ticket to Amira & Sam with purchase is valid for each participating theater's opening weekend (Fri - Sun) with Military ID presented at the box office. Check your local listings in NY and LA for details on in-theater Q&As with talent from the film. JANUARY 30 Austin, TX -  Alamo Drafthouse - South Lamar Chicago, IL - Facets Cinematheque Dallas, TX - Alamo Drafthouse - Richardson Denver, CO - Alamo Drafthouse - Littleton Houston, TX - Alamo Drafthouse - Vintage Park Kansas City, MO - Alamo Drafthouse - Mainstreet Los Angeles, CA - Sundance Cinemas (*for +21 guests only*) New York, NY - Cinema Village Phoenix, AZ - FilmBar Seattle, WA - SIFF Cinema

FEBRUARY 6 Kalamazoo, MI - Alamo Drafthouse - Kalamazoo Lubbock, TX - Alamo Drafthouse - Lubbock San Antonio, TX - Alamo Drafthouse - Westlakes Yonkers, NY - Alamo Drafthouse - Yonkers

MARCH 6 Winchester, VA - Alamo Drafthouse - Winchester

The film will also be available for digital purchase from all the usual online retailers starting January 30th. Look for our interview with Sean Mullin in a few months when the movie is available on DVD.

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