In THE SONS OF MAPES, the filmmaker creates an intimate portrait of his Afro-Caribbean father, following his youth on the island of Curaçao and rise to international success as a professional tennis player in the 1960s and 70s. The film also chronicles his father’s 40-year reunion with his all-Latin American collegiate tennis team and their 86 year-old coach from Texas. This is a story about love, faith, perseverance, and the unbreakable bonds between family and old friends. 

Now available on ShortsTV 

Writer/Producer/Director/Editor: Aaron Hosé 
Producer/Director of Photography: John Schaub 
Producers: Rebecca Roos (Assoc.), Brigitte Hosé (Assoc.), Leonardo Aguirre (Assoc.) 
Featuring: Humphrey Hosé, Robert Mapes, Kenneth de Koning 

 

SCREENINGS/OFFICIAL SELECTIONS:
  • Festival International du Film PanAfricain de Cannes (France, 2015) 
  • Festival de Cortos Somos Afro (Colombia, 2015) 
  • Los Angeles CineFest (USA, 2015) 
  • Three Cities Film Festival (USA, 2015)
  • #TOFF: The Online Film Festival (2015)
  • CineBodega Film Festival (USA, 2015) 
  • CAYFILM: Cayman International Film Festival (Cayman Islands, 2015)
  • GATFFEST: Greater August Town Film Festival (Jamaica, 2015)
  • Skyway Film Festival (USA, 2015)
  • Jamaica Film Festival (2015)
  • Great Lakes Christian Film Festival (USA, 2015)
  • CENFLO: Central Florida Film Festival (USA, 2015)
  • Knoxville Film Festival (USA, 2015) 
  • Piton International Film Festival (St. Lucia, 2015) 
  • Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival (USA, 2015) 
  • Lake Charles Film & Music Festival (USA, 2015)
  • PICOR: Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes Pilas en Corto (Spain, 2015) 
  • Orlando Film Festival (USA, 2015)
  • Alexandria Film Festival (USA, 2015)
  • Roma Cinema Doc (Italy, 2015)
  • South Texas Underground Film Festival (USA, 2015)
  • Blackbird Film Festival (USA, 2015)
  • Bonita Springs International Film Festival (USA, 2016)
  • RDOC: Festival Internacionalde Cine Documental de República Dominicana y el Caribe (2016) 
  • OverTime Films Festival Internacional de Cine Deportivo (Mexico, 2016) 
  • Sydney World Film Festival (Australia, 2016)
  • Focus International Film Festival (USA, 2016)
  • Film Fest 52 (USA, 2016)
  • Vieques International Film Festival (Puerto Rico, 2016)
  • South Carolina Cultural Film Festival (USA, 2016)
  • Vaughan Film Festival (Canada, 2016)
  • FICID: Festival Internacional de Cine Deportivo (Argentina, 2016)  
  • Ozark Shorts (USA, 2016)
  • SABC Ekurhuleni International Film Festival (South Africa, 2016)
  • SAFILM: San Antonio Film Festival (USA, 2016)
  • Martinique International FimFestival (2016) 
  • Ananse Festival de Cine Afro (Colombia, 2016) 
  • Cinema Los Angeles (USA, 2016)
  • Chicago Independent Film Festival (USA, 2016)
  •  CSFF: China International New Media Short Film Festival (2016)
  • I Filmmaker International Film Festival (Spain, 2016)
  • Underground Film Festival (2017)
  • FreeNetWorld International Film Festival (Serbia, 2017) 
  • German United Film Festival (Germany, 2017)
  • Toronto International Independent Film Festival (Canada, 2017)
  • FECIME: Festival Cinematográfico de Mérida (Mexico, 2017) 
  • FINDECOIN: Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes Independientes (Venezuela, 2017) 
  • LAFIC: Lanús Festival Internacional de Cine (Argentina, 2017) 
  • FEMUCIQ: Festival Mundial de Cine Independiente de Quito (Ecuador, 2017)
  • Five Continents International Film Festival (Venezuela, 2017)
  • Tokyo Lift-Off Online Film Festival (2017)
  • CaribbeanLens International Film Festival (USA, 2017) 
  • Maracay International Film & Video Festival (Venezuela, 2017)
  • Movies4Movies Film Festival (USA, 2017)
  • International Tour Film Festival (Italy, 2017)
  • Goa Short Film Festival (India, 2017)

 

AWARDS & HONORS: 
  • Winner – Platinum Remi Award for Sports program – 48th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival (USA, 2015)
  • Winner – Viewers’ Choice Award for Best Documentary – GATFFEST Film Festival (Jamaica, 2015)
  • Finalist – Best Documentary – Central Florida Film Festival (USA, 2015)
  • Nominee – Best Documentary Short Film – Orlando Film Festival (USA, 2015)
  • Nominee – Best Documentary Short – Blackbird Film Festival (USA, 2015)
  • Nominee – Best Story & Structure – Blackbird Film Festival (USA, 2015)
  • Winner – Silver Award – Spotlight Documentary Film Awards (USA,2015)
  • Winner – Award of Merit Special Mention for Documentary Short -IndieFESTFilm Awards (USA, 2016)
  • Nominee – Best Visual Effects – Focus International Film Festival (USA, 2016)
  • Nominee – Best Documentary Film – Vaughan Film Festival (Canada, 2016)
  • Shortlisted – Best Director – China International New Media Short Film Festival (2016)
  • Nominee – Best Documentary – I Filmmaker International Film Festival (Spain, 2016)
  • Winner – Best Documentary Short – Festival Mundial de Cine Independiente de Quito (Ecuador, 2017)
  • Jury Special Mention – Documentary Short Film – Five Continents International Film Festival (Venezuela, 2017)
  • Winner – Best Short Documentary – Movies4Movies Film Festival (USA, 2017)

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