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Film of the Week

Two girls work through an unexpected crisis in their friendship.

Overflow was an official selection of NFFTY 2014 and screened as a part of the Identify Yourself category.

Film of the Week is presented by Volvo Cars of North America.

OVERFLOW (2013) from SF Film Workshop on Vimeo.

About the director:


Ruby Drake is a senior at Lowell High School in San Francisco, and is in her fifth year in SF Art & Film’s film workshop. She is not only an honors student, but a champion rower. Her film, On the Fence, played in many U.S. Festivals last year. Her film Overflow was featured in many student and LGBTQ festivals including Reeling and Frameline. She has just been awarded Best Drama prize at the Cine/Youth Chicago festival, and a Watkins Young Filmmaker Award at the Nashville Festival.


NFFTY spoke with Ruby about making the film.

Q: Where did the inspiration come for the story of Grace and Emily?

My friend told me a story about when she came out in middle school and how she had a crush on her best friend and when she told her they weren’t really friends anymore because the girl didn’t really know how to deal with it. She wasn’t homophobic, she was just in middle school. I thought it was an interesting predicament because coming out is hard enough without that added complication that you can’t tell the person who means the world to you and who you usually tell everything. From there I began developing the story of two best friends, where one has a secret crush on the other.

Q: Film is a great medium for telling LGBTQ stories. Do you see yourself contributing more to that genre in the future?

I don’t really know at the moment. In my new project I have a minor gay character, but I’m not sure if I’ll make another one where an LGBTQ theme is the dominant theme. As a student filmmaker I try to experiment with different types of filmmaking because I feel that’s how I will learn the most.

Q: Are you working on any new projects or have you completed anything else since releasing Overflow?

Yes. I’m just completing a split screen film. It’s a bit challenging because I divided the screen into four screens and all four movies are happening all the time. They are four different apartments in an apartment building and they all interact in some way.

Q: How has participation in NFFTY helped you grow as a filmmaker?

NFFTY has helped me grow as a filmmaker because it has introduced me to both excellent student filmmakers and really helpful and talented professionals. I’ve formed awesome connections through the festival and feel that I’ve learned a lot about how to improve my filmmaking, especially from the masterclasses.

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