For the theatrical opening weekend of Drafthouse Films' Amira & Sam all active duty and veteran military service members will be able to bring a date to see the film for free. 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. The film opens in select theaters across the country and on demand on January 30. A list of participating theaters for the Amira & Sam "Military Date Night" offer can be found below.
Amira & Sam, winner of a half dozen top prizes at festivals across the country, is a smart, sweet and refreshing take on the romantic comedy genre. The story of a war veteran falling in love with an immigrant is infused with authenticity thanks to the unique background of writer/director Sean Mullin. Sean is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and Captain in the New York Army National Guard, where he was a first responder on September 11th. For almost a year, he spent his days working as the Officer in Charge of the soldiers down at Ground Zero, and his nights performing stand-up comedy.
"Most 'soldier-coming-home-from-war' films deal with a soldier battling PTSD, but I 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. I decided that the best way for me to explore such complex issues in the context of an independent film was to create an intimate love story with universal implications," said Mullin.
Here is a list of all theaters participating in the "Military Date Night" special offer for opening weekend. 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. In NY and LA there will be in-theater Q&As with talent from the film.
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
Kalamazoo, MI Alamo Drafthouse - Kalamazoo
Lubbock, TX Alamo Drafthouse - Lubbock
San Antonio, TX Alamo Drafthouse - Westlakes
Yonkers, NY Alamo Drafthouse - Yonkers
Winchester, VA Alamo Drafthouse - Winchester
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AMIRA & SAM Synopsis
Rousing, smart, and sweet, Amira & Sam is a confident feature debut from writer-director Sean Mullin, and follows Sam (Martin Starr, "Freaks & Geeks", "Silicon Valley"), an army veteran adapting back to civilian life after a lengthy tour overseas. Upon reuniting with his unit's former Iraqi translator in New York City, he meets Amira (newcomer Dina Shihabi), his war buddy's niece; suspicious of soldiers, she wants nothing to do with him. However, when Amira runs into immigration trouble, Sam offers to keep her safe at his apartment. After a rocky start, their unlikely friendship starts to blossom into something more. Meanwhile, Sam's cousin Charlie (Paul Wesley, Before I Disappear, "The Vampire Diaries") offers him a lucrative opportunity at his hedge fund, helping to secure wealthy veterans as new clients. However, all is not as it seems, and Amira and Sam soon find themselves faced with mounting obstacles in order to stay together.