A Fresh Perspective

Craft beer is an annual multi-billion dollar boom for the United States economy. Yet, the overwhelming majority of this industry remains white-male-dominated, with women and minorities occupying a small fraction of its workforce and brewing culture. A FRESH PERSPECTIVE tells the story of three African-Americans in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who create the nation’s first-ever black beer festival, a historic event aiming to diversify the industry while promoting a new narrative in craft beer.

  • Aaron Hosé
  • Aaron Hosé
  • Jonathan Vieira
    Executive Producer
  • Brigitte Hosé
  • Buzzy Torek
    Associate Producer
  • Tim Reid
  • Aaron Hosé
  • Buzzy Torek
  • Tyler Vietmeier
  • Jacob Mysliwczyk (aerials)
  • Day Bracey
    Key Cast
  • Ed Bailey
    Key Cast
  • Mike Potter
    Key Cast
  • Celeste Beatty
    Key Cast
  • Chris Harris
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Love Your Shorts Film Festival
    Sanford, Florida
    United States
    February 9, 2019
    World Premiere
  • Gasparilla International Fim Festival
    Tampa, Florida
    United States
    March 24, 2019
    U.S. Premiere
  • International Online Web Fest
    United Kingdom
    March 31, 2019
    NOMINEE - Best Documentary
  • Film Fest 52
    Bethel, Connecticut
    United States
    Northeastern Premiere
  • Rainier Independent Film Festival
    Ashford, Washington
    United States
    West Coast Premiere
  • Bangalore Shorts Film Festival
  • Vero Beach Wine + FIlm Festival
    Vero Beach, Florida
    United States
  • New York African Film Festival
    Harlem, NY
    United States
    June 8, 2019
    New York Premiere
  • Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival
    McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
    United States
  • GATFFEST - Greater August Town Film Festival
    August Town
    International Premiere
  • Indy Shorts International Film Festival Presented by Heartland Film
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    United States
    Midwest Premiere
  • Austin Revolution Film Festival
    Austin, Texas
    United States
    Texas Premiere
    Winner (Rising Voices Award), Nominee (Best Documentary Short, Best Documentary Director, Best Short Film Editing)
  • FICCA - Festival Internacional de Cine Afro Comunitario Kunta Kinte
  • CENFLO - Central Florida Film Festival
    Mount Dora, Florida
    United States
    Finalist - Best Documentary
  • Rendezvous Film Festival
    Amelia Island, Florida
    United States
    Nominee - Best Documentary Short
  • Boulder Film and Brew Festival
    Boulder, Colorado
    United States
    Winner - Audience Award - Best Short Documentary
  • Oaxaca FilmFest
    Central American Premiere
    Finalist - Best Developed Market Project
  • Shanghai Shorts
  • Orlando Film Festival
    Orlando, Florida
    United States
    Nominee - Best Short Documentary
  • Soul West Fest
    Phoenix, Arizona
    United States
  • Alexandria Film Festival
    Alexandria, Virginia
    United States
  • Atlanta DocuFest
    Atlanta, Georgia
    United States
  • Jacksonville Film Festival
    Jacksonville, Florida
    United States
  • iFilmmaker International Film Festival
  • Intima Lente/Intimate Lens Visual Ehtnographic Film Festival
  • International Short Film Festival Pune
  • Miami Independent Film Festival - February 2020 Edition
    Miami, Florida
    United States
  • Rome Independent Prisma Awards
  • Las Cruces International Film Festival
    Las Cruces, New Mexico
    United States
  • Riverside Short Film Festival
    New Haven, Missouri
    United States
  • San Angelo Revolution Film Festival
    San Angelo, Texas
    United States
    WINNER - Best Documentary Short
  • DocuWest Documentary Film Festival
    Denver, Colorado
    United States
  • Buenos Aires International Film Festival
    Buenos Aires
  • Dances With Films
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    California Premiere
  • Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival
    Fort Myers Beach, Florida
    United States
    WINNER - Best Foreign Short/MicroShort – Documentary
  • Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase
    Fort Worth, Texas
    United States
  • Indie Memphis Film Festival
    Memphis, Tennessee
    United States
  • San Pedro International Film Festival
    San Pedro, California
    United States
  • NorthwestFest International Documentary Festival
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Canadian Premiere
  • St. Louis International Film Festival
    St. Louis, Missouri
    United States
  • Madrid Beer Film Festival
    WINNER - Best Documentary Short Film
  • Flickers' Roving Eye International Film Festival
    Bristol, Rhode Island
    United States
    April 12, 2021
  • SAFILM - San Antonio Film Festival
    San Antonio, Texas
    United States
  • Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival
    Bay City, Detroit
    United States
Director Biography - Aaron Hosé

Born in the United States and raised on the Caribbean island of Aruba, Aaron Hosé is a producer/director/editor with over two decades in the film and video industry. His productions have received multiple awards and honors, including five regional EMMY® Awards and twelve nominations.

In 2010, Aaron produced and directed his award-winning Taiwanese documentary feature "Voices in the Clouds" (available on Amazon Prime, Docurama, Gaia and Vimeo on Demand) and followed it up with the LGBT-themed documentary feature "Break Through" in 2012 (now on Amazon Prime and Vimeo on Demand).

In 2015, Aaron was associate producer and cinematographer for the celebrity impersonator documentary "Just About Famous" (now on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Prime). He also wrote and directed the short "The Sons of Mapes" (currently on ShortsTV and Vimeo on Demand), recipient of the 2018 Lone Star Sports EMMY® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary.

The EMMY® Award-winning documentary "The Committee", which Aaron produced and edited for the University of Central Florida, has been broadcast nationwide since 2016 on 100+ PBS stations via the American Public Television Exchange (APT).

Aaron is Associate Producer for the new docu-drama short "Paradiso" and Associate Producer/Editor for the upcoming TV series "Waking Up White". His next three documentaries, the shorts "A Fresh Perspective" and "The Brewchurch", and the feature "One Pint at a Time, focus on the people and initiatives diversifying the American craft beer industry. ‘Fresh’ and 'Church' are currently touring the festival circuit and 'One Pint' is slated for release in 2021-22.

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Director Statement

Being an avid craft beer drinker for a number of years, I couldn't help but notice how often my wife and I were among the only people of color at breweries and taprooms. Even though we were never made to feel uncomfortable, I always wondered if there were others like us, and how they might feel. This curiosity became the catalyst for my exploration of the craft beer industry.

During my research, I came across a news article about an upcoming event in Pittsburgh called "Fresh Fest", the first festival in the country to place African-American brewers at the forefront. Upon reaching out to the organizers, I quickly discovered that we shared many of the same concerns about how minorities relate to craft beer culture. Documenting this important moment in beer history was a no-brainer. With "A Fresh Perspective," I hope to help engage more minorities in craft beer as consumers and as future brewers or brewery owners. Only together can we continue to push this homogenous industry toward a higher degree of inclusivity. The more flavors and colors, the better.