Featured Short

The Bridge Partner

A timid housewife is jolted into a fight for her survival or sanity at her weekly bridge club when she thinks she hears her new partner utter a threat.

Gabriel Olson takes us on a mysterious ride through the elderly clubs of tea and bridge playing, where mysteries usually don’t occur. The story smoothly turns into a tale of self distrust, with an important play in characters, marvelously played by actresses such as Beth Grant (Donnie Darko, The Mindy Project), four time Emmy nom, Sharon Lawrence (NYPD BLUE, Shameless) and Oscar Nom, Robert Forster (Jackie Brown, The Descendants).

This was about telling a story about an outsider who’s failing to trust her instincts and eventually learns she was right all along.

After working in commercials for years, director / screenwriter, Gabriel Olson was eager to tell a story without the obligations of a branding or selling anything. He found and adapted a short story by the Hugo Award winning fantasist, Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn), and set out to research the world of Tea and bridge games— something he knew noting about. The goal was to create a fun classical suspense film set in the most unlikely of worlds with some dynamic interesting characters. Of the project, Olson said, “It was only after I fell in love with the story that I realized how unique it was that it dealt with adult women in a battle that had nothing to do with men. That’s a rarity in film these days, so it was excited to bring it to life.”

The suspense fabulously sets up the spirit of Halloween week, in a rather soothing and unconventional fashion. The character setup brilliantly leaves in uncertainty along with the main protagonist, while the cinematography neatly places us on the edge of our seats with carefully crafted shots.

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