The Hands of Time

The Hands of Time‘s split screen narrative style tells the story of a deceitful love triangle. When a two-timer thinks he has the upper hand on his wife, we retrace the steps of his partner only to discover that he is the one being duped.

Creative team

Writer/director: Jose Ho-Guanipa
Producers: Ari Robbins, Darren Davidson, Tara Alexis

Filmmaker’s statement

This film was inspired by the film noir genre of the late ’40s and ’50s popularized by works such as the Lady from Shanghai and The Maltese Falcon.

Borrowing the visual technique used by Michel Gondry, the film makes use of the split-screen palindrome narrative style to tell two sides of a story across the course of an afternoon and evening.

I was really lucky to be supported by a top notch crew and talent both onscreen and behind the camera. By being able to do this piece without outside interference and a supportive environment, I feel I was able to achieve what I set out to do and am proud of the result.

I hope it helps to carry the rich tradition of film noir into the 21st century.

About Jose Ho-Guanipa

Jose Ho-Guanipa

Jose spent his early career directing high-profile artists such as Young Money Records artist Tyga and Def Jam artist YG in the LA hip-hop music video circuit before transitioning to larger scale conceptually driven productions in the music video, commercial and narrative space.

He earned his chops working under some of the industry’s top directors including Oscar winners and award-winning advertising professionals doing everything from ghostwriting to post-production.

Jose directed the latest video for #1 selling and multiple award-winning Chinese artist Wanting Qu whose millions of fans span the globe.

His video for Blue Note Records band Vintage Trouble’s song Gracefully was heavily promoted by Honda who featured the band in one of their major broadcast advertising campaigns during the Super Bowl. The video was selected for competition at exclusive industry showcase VOTD.tv.

His short film The Hands of Time was voted one of the top 200 submissions in Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s renowned and highly competitive Project Greenlight Competition. It was the winner of PBS WNET’s Reel 13 Competition, screening on the NYC station alongside classic Some Like It Hot and acclaimed indie Cold Turkey.

Most recently he has collaborated with viral video platform Vid.Me where he has been instrumental in launching the site’s original content arm serving as the writer/director of several short documentaries commissioned by the company to pioneer the 60-second documentary format.

His client list includes several major record labels, platinum-selling artists and Fortune 500 corporations.

Jose served as creative story producer/editor on the Pottymouth Princesses viral commercial for organization FCK H8 that garnered major worldwide media attention, going viral and securing press coverage from heavyweight outlets such as Time magazine, Adweek, CNN, The Washington Post, Bill Maher, Upworthy, Mashable, The Huffington Post, The Independent, E! News, Perez Hilton, Elle magazine and many more. The ad was also the recipient of the prestigious Silver Epica Award.

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