Give Me a Hand

A teenager named Joshua is sent by his mother to help his kind old neighbor Mr. Roger. Joshua is helping Mr. Roger move and packs items from a room that Mr.Roger is taking to storage. As Joshua is packing VHS movies, he stumbles upon a VHS tape that reads "Give Me A Hand". His curiosity takes him down the proverbial rabbit hole, as he is compelled to watch the VHS tape. To his surprise and utter disbelief, Joshua discovers the video on the tape is of a man tied to a chair with someone doing unspeakable things. After viewing this, he can no longer see Mr. Roger as the nice old man next door. Joshua's first reaction is to take the tape to the authorities, but Mr. Roger brings him back in and tells Joshua why he treasures his VHS tapes and that only adds to Joshua's fear. After leaving Mr. Roger's house Joshua's fear becomes a reality.

  • Fernando Galarza Carter
    Director
  • Mark David Ross
    Cinematographer
  • Fernando Galarza Carter
    Writer
  • Fernando Galarza
    Producer
  • Mark David Ross
    Producer
  • Donio Hinsley
    Key Cast
    "Joshua"
  • Ahmed Baig
    Key Cast
    "Mr. Roger"
  • Karina Balfour
    Key Cast
    "Mother"
  • Ralph Magalhaes
    Key Cast
    "Son"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Short Film, Student Film, Independent Film, Drama, Thriller, Horror
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 35 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    DIgital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Fernando Galarza Carter

Fernando Galarza Carter is an independent filmmaker from Hanford California. He is student of Film and Graphic Communications at Fresno City College with a certificate in Digital Video. Fernando is the Vice President of the New Media Club and the President of the Dead Film Society Club at Fresno City College. Fernando began making films in 2012 with his phone and limited resources. He values working with like minded individuals who have a passion for film and a need to create. In his films, Fernando explores themes in his films such as diversity or transformation and constantly challenges himself by tackling different genres.

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Director Statement

Learning the language of cinema has helped me tell stories through visuals. My passion for creating films with a purpose has lead to 3 award winning short films. As I continue to learn, I strive to create stories with a meaning.
This film was created without a budget, with all cast and crew donating their time and experience to the project using the resources we had or could find for free for the love of creating film.