"Third Party Witness"

Two young lawyers meet to take the deposition of a witness with a secret... only to discover the truth of their own.

  • William Pace
    Director
    "A Relaxing Day", "Little Piggy", CHARMING BILLY
  • William Pace
    Writer
    CHARMING BILLY, "Communication Breakdown", BLADES
  • William Pace
    Producer
    THE HARROW, "Little Piggy", "A Relaxing Day", CHARMING BILLY
  • Thomas Rondinella
    Producer
    "Little Piggy", "A Relaxing Day", CHARMING BILLY, A GOOD DAY FOR IT, MORRIS COUNTY, "Beating Hearts"
  • Jennifer Heaton
    Key Cast
    “Nicole”
  • Ned Pryce
    Key Cast
    “Oreste Julius”
    EVIL LIVES HERE
  • Robert Gregory
    Key Cast
    “Deponent”
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 23, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (BlackMagic Ursa)
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Orlando Film Festival
    Orlando
    United States
    October 20, 2018
    North American Premiere
Director Biography - William Pace

Since receiving an MFA in Film Production from NYU, William Pace has written four distributed independent feature films, three of which he co-produced, and three optioned screenplays, plus several produced TV episodes.

He directed CHARMING BILLY, which premiered at the AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival, winning Best Actor for multi-Tony nominated lead actor Michael Hayden, and was released by Wellspring Films and featured on IFC.

William also has produced and directed several award-winning short films such as "A Relaxing Day", written by Pulitzer-nominated playwright Theresa Rebeck, "Little Piggy", and "Third Party Witness", which he also wrote.

He teaches filmmaking and screenwriting at both The New School in NYC and Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.

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Director Statement

For a while there, as a struggling filmmaker, I earned money as a videographer taping legal depositions, many of them huge, national cases (some rather notorious) with literally dozens of lawyers present. And to be honest... they were extremely boring. Most were orchestrated processions of witnesses telling half-truths, saying just enough not to get in trouble but never enough to reveal the truth.

But every once in a while, there'd be a wild card, a witness who would go rogue and go off-script -- and that's when things got interesting! Examining lawyers smelled blood in the water and defending lawyers tasted fear on their tongue.

"Third Party Witness" is my take of such a deposition, but a much smaller one -- one where a rogue witness who has a secret he's been dying to tell forces two young lawyers to confront the ones they've withheld from each other.