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 Bliss) to recommend to all your friends and neighbors who are suddenly aware of veterans issues now that they’ve seen American Sniper.
Washington, DC, USA; September 8th, 2014: Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.), Gen. David Petraeus (Ret.), Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry (Ret.) National Geographic Channel held the world premiere for “American War Generals” September 8th, 2014 at the Mellon Auditorium in DC. General David Petraeus (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), and Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) attending the screening. “American War Generals” premieres Sunday, September 14 at 8PM ET/PT. (Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels/Evelyn Hockstein)
The memory banks of generals tend to be cluttered no-go areas where laundry lists of shoulda’, coulda’, woulda’ second guesses are piled on top of the “if onlys.”
As in, if only this or that President, or Defense Secretary, or rear echelon dimwit had listened to me, well then, sweet victory would have been mine.
There’s a lot of that going in National Geographic’s compelling, if Army-centric, two-hour documentary American War Generals, billed as “a first-of-its-kind look back at a half century of America’s military battles told by the men that led them.” +Continue Reading
Fives and Twenty-Fives tells the story a USMC Road Repair Platoon in Al Anbar Province in Iraq. Pitre explores his characters’ post-war lives and flashes back to their time in Iraq. The author was a creative writing major at LSU before he joined the Marines after 9/11 and it’s obvious he took a lot of notes during his service. The scenes set in Iraq are full of telling details and he does a great job of capturing the camaraderie of his characters and both the tedium and critical danger in the job they perform. +Continue Reading
Coming Back with Wes Moore is a three-part PBS documentary that personalizes the experiences of returning veterans and celebrates the lives of this group of exceptional people. The series explores the experiences of nine veterans for an American civilian audience that overwhelmingly has no direct connection to the experiences of the men and women who served. +Continue Reading
EA’s Battlefield 3 won’t be released until this fall but you can get yourself ready with this twelve-minute gameplay trailer. It’s set in Iraq and, while your team of U.S. Marines is supposedly fighting a fictional insurgent group called the “PLR,” it’s not hard to see who the enemy’s supposed to be.
“What’s the best way to make a small fortune in the movie business? Start out with a large one.”*
The lure of Hollywood was strong enough for several soldiers serving in Iraq that they reportedly took their danger pay and invested it all in a low-budget horror movie called 2084 that stars Billy West, best known for creating the voice of Stimpy in Ren & Stimpy. +Continue Reading
Avenged Sevenfold’s lead singer M. Shadows talks to the Pentagon Channel about their new album Nightmare, the loss of longtime drummer James “The Rev” Sullivan and the band’s upcoming USO tour of Iraq and Kuwait.