Traders

Synopsis

In ’90s record stores, everything can be traded.

Review

4/5
A revenge thriller that will keep you gripped.
Written and directed by Olivia Gropp, ‘Traders’ is a dark mystery thriller set entirely in a grim record store. Gropp (Director) leads the cast as the girl, with Brian Dole as the young man. The store owner is played by Geno Bisconte. The short film explores psychopathic behaviour, revenge and murder. ‘Traders’ is a gripping ride of suspense that will keep you hooked throughout. An outstanding debut short by Olivia Gropp.

The 9-minute film opens with spectacular cinematography by Wesley Mellott and Adam Hribar. Footsteps of a girl on the street are intercut with a young man cleaning homicidal blood at the back of a record store. His efforts are interrupted when the girl enters. Gropp (The Girl) delivers a captivating performance that oozes confidence and attitude. Brian Dole’s performance as the young man is disturbing and chilling throughout. The young man, appearing phlegmatic, greets the girl at the counter. After exchanging “junk” items for cash, the girl spots the store owners body (Geno Bisconte) on the mirror reflector. A pursuit of revenge follows.

Traders
Olivia Gropp (Writer/Director/Star) and the cast/crew have created an impressive short that ticks all the right boxes. Visually, the film is of high standard with terrific cinematography, lighting, editing and sound. Narratively, engaging characterization strengthens the otherwise mundane plotline. High praise to Gropp – a brilliant debut short.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Olivia Gropp
Writer(s): Olivia Gropp
Cast: Brian Dole, Geno Bisconte, Olivia Gropp
Producer(s): Olivia Gropp
Director of Photography: Adam Hribar, Wesley Mellott
Editor(s): Michael Mowen
Animation:
Sound: Michael Mowen
Music:
Miscellaneous: Adam Hribar

Specifications

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Subjects: Abuse, Betrayal, Crime, Death, Female Empowerment, Guilt, Mental Health, Murder, Psychology, Psychopath, Revenge
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2021
Published in April 2022

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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Olivia Gropp
Writer(s): Olivia Gropp
Cast: Brian Dole, Geno Bisconte, Olivia Gropp
Producer(s): Olivia Gropp
Director of Photography: Adam Hribar, Wesley Mellott
Editor(s): Michael Mowen
Animation:
Sound: Michael Mowen
Music:
Miscellaneous: Adam Hribar

Specifcations

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Subjects: Abuse, Betrayal, Crime, Death, Female Empowerment, Guilt, Mental Health, Murder, Psychology, Psychopath, Revenge
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2021
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Traders

Synopsis

In ’90s record stores, everything can be traded.

Review

A revenge thriller that will keep you gripped.

4/5
Written and directed by Olivia Gropp, ‘Traders’ is a dark mystery thriller set entirely in a grim record store. Gropp (Director) leads the cast as the girl, with Brian Dole as the young man. The store owner is played by Geno Bisconte. The short film explores psychopathic behaviour, revenge and murder. ‘Traders’ is a gripping ride of suspense that will keep you hooked throughout. An outstanding debut short by Olivia Gropp.

The 9-minute film opens with spectacular cinematography by Wesley Mellott and Adam Hribar. Footsteps of a girl on the street are intercut with a young man cleaning homicidal blood at the back of a record store. His efforts are interrupted when the girl enters. Gropp (The Girl) delivers a captivating performance that oozes confidence and attitude. Brian Dole’s performance as the young man is disturbing and chilling throughout. The young man, appearing phlegmatic, greets the girl at the counter. After exchanging “junk” items for cash, the girl spots the store owners body (Geno Bisconte) on the mirror reflector. A pursuit of revenge follows.

Traders
Olivia Gropp (Writer/Director/Star) and the cast/crew have created an impressive short that ticks all the right boxes. Visually, the film is of high standard with terrific cinematography, lighting, editing and sound. Narratively, engaging characterization strengthens the otherwise mundane plotline. High praise to Gropp – a brilliant debut short.

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