Writer/director Michael Connors’ Allegiance, based on his award-winning 2006 thesis short of the same name, follows Lieutenant Danny Sefton (Seth Gabel, “Fringe,” “Dirty Sexy Money") as he helps a fellow soldier go AWOL so he can visit his sick son before being deployed to Iraq. Here, Connors, who himself served in the Army and was recalled to fight in Iraq mere weeks before the scheduled shoot dates for his original short, writes about Recalled‘s unique path from short film to feature.

"Write what you know. The inspiration behind my short film Recalled, a fictional story inspired by my experiences in military, ended up hitting much closer to home than I would have liked.

September 2001: I had just completed four years as an officer in the U.S. Army and was starting the grad film program at Columbia University in New York City. I had resigned my commission in June of ’01, and a week into my first semester at Columbia the 9/11 attacks came. I figured I’d have to put my desire to make movies on hold and head back into the Army..." - Michael Connors