Homeward Drift

A young woman tries to retreat into nostalgia by spending a night with an old friend after college

  • Eric Banks
    Whispers That Never Where, Death in the Friendship
  • Eric Banks
    Whispers That Never Where, Death in the Friendship, Soul of the Cross
  • Avery Desroisers
    Rubix, Whispers That Never Were, Fabric and Time, Rescue, Death in the Friendship, The Banshee
  • Cameron Smith
    Cream Dreams, The Banshee, Sidetracked
  • Rosie Newton
    Key Cast
    Whispers That Never Where, Death in the Friendship, Fabric in Time, The Banshee
  • Lia Callaghan
    Key Cast
  • Brian Newton
    Key Cast
    "Sam's Father"
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  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 3, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    75 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, RED
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Champlain College
Director Biography - Eric Banks

My Name is Eric Banks, and I am a filmmaker with aspirations geared towards directing and screenwriting. I was born in Lafayette Hill, PA (20 minutes shy of Philadelphia) and studied filmmaking in Vermont at Champlain College. Throughout my time as a Champlain student, I have written and directed three short films, The Whispers That Never Were, Death in The Friendship, and Homeward Drift. In addition, I was also one of the writers for Soul of the Cross, a short film directed by a team of student filmmakers in Tuscany, Italy. I’ve also worked on various other productions including Fabric and Time (grip and gaff), The Banshee (2nd Assistant Director), Bouncer (Producer and 1st Assistant Director), and Cream Dreams (1st Assistant Director). Outside of School, I’ve worked as a Script Supervisor for Sidetracked, a $10,000 budget short film, and performed script coverage for producer Brian Brightly as an intern at Sugar House Films.

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Director Statement

At the time of writing this, I've watched one-thousand one-hundred and ninety films. That means I've effectively spent well over 2400 hours staring at a screen. And in my mind, every single second of those 2400 hours was well spent. I love movies. They are my inspiration and passion in life. The only thing more important to me are my friends. They've supported me through thick and thin. I'm so incredibly lucky to know them, and even luckier to work with them
But as much as I value the friendships I have, a part of me is afraid I'll have to let them go. That's where Homeward comes in. The idea for this script stemmed from my fascination with how friendships change throughout our lives. We all change, it's inevitable, and our bonds aren't always guaranteed to survive that transition. Sam is in the midst of that change and must come to terms with the fact that her world is evolving. As director, I wanted to help Sam through her journey and give people a story to show them how these kinds of adjustments are healthy. Change doesn't mark the end, simply a new beginning. This film is a love letter to both my cinematic inspirations and the friends I've made here at school. Without them, there would be no film.