DECEMBER 11 2020
A. KNIGHT PRODUCTIONS presents
an AXEL KNIGHT film "THE WITNESS" COCO LANE RIGBYE ASHETON STOEVER AXEL KNIGHT
ALLISON DE JONG IRVING SLOAN HICKSON music and sound design by AXEL KNIGHT edited by JACOB PETERSON
costume designer CHRISTIAN BOTOS director of photography JACOB PETERSON
produced by RACHEL LITTLE, JACOB PETERSON, & GINA MANAGO written and directed by AXEL KNIGHT
After a young woman finishes a long night of babysitting, her car dies and she is left stranded. All she has to worry about is waiting for help to come... until she realizes she's not alone.
"Several years ago, my mother told me a story of one night after a babysitting job, which she described to be one of the scariest nights of her life. Her car had died, help was going to be an hour wait, and as she sat in her car in the dark, two men began signaling with flashlights in the bushes in front of her, only to come out and start poking around the neighbor's house. After a tense few minutes of trying to not be seen, it was revealed that the men were cops on a stakeout, but she thought they were burglars.
This cinematic idea of the terrifying ordeal of being trapped in your car, witnessing a crime, hoping that you are not noticed, was the inspiration for the film, though I diverged from the original story quite a bit in the retelling. I decided to let it inspire this film. As we developed the script, I kept thinking back to Hitchcock's Rear Window, which has many similarities in story, and while this film was given a modern style, we studied what it was that made Hitchcock the master of suspense. The center of all his films, (and we hope this film as well) is having likable, relatable characters, and seeing them deal with danger in a compelling way."
Allison de Jong Irving
Allison de Jong-Irving is currently enrolled in the Stage and Screen Acting program at UNLV. She grew up on the stage and in musical theatre. Currently, she works with Dr. Michelle LaTour on Somatic Vocal Training. She recently made the transfer from stage to screen and plans to continue on that trajectory.
(Tim) (Burglar 2)
Axel Knight is a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. He is currently studying theatre and film at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As an actor, he has been working consistently in theatre and film since 2011, doing some work in Los Angeles, but most in his hometown of Las Vegas. Recently, he was privileged to win Best Supporting Actor for his work in Marquise Hebbler's Resiliance in the UNLV Six Foot Film Festival. His most recent performance was in his friend and frequent collaborator Jacob Peterson's short film, Signs of Love.
DIRECTOR - WRITER - COMPOSER - SOUND DESIGNER
Axel Knight is a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. He is currently studying theatre and film at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has been making movies since he was a little kid, usually acting and directing at the same time, inspired by actor/directors like Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Kenneth Branagh, and Buster Keaton. His recent career as a director has been mainly focused on theatre, directing six plays between 2015 and 2020 for various companies in Vegas, but he is now excited to return to film. The Witness is his sixth short film, preceded by last month's Sci-Fi Dissolvers.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - EDITOR
Jacob Peterson is a local to the Las Vegas, NV area and has earned an associates degree in Film & Television at the College of Southern Nevada. A love for cinematography has led him to continue his education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas to earn a bachelor's degree in film. Jacob is a content creator for Limitless Physical Therapy Services. His most recent film credit was writing, directing, and doing cinematography for his short film Signs of Love.
Christian Botos is a Las Vegas native with over 11 years of experience in theatre specializing in costume design. She is set to graduate with a bachelor's degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in Spring 2021. She has participated in several plays at UNLV as well as many independent short films. Her most recent work was designing the costumes in Dissolvers.