The Sons of Mapes

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.

  • Aaron Hosé
    Director
  • Aaron Hosé
    Writer
  • John Schaub
    Producer
  • Aaron Hosé
    Producer
  • Humphrey Hosé
    Key Cast
  • Ken de Koning
    Key Cast
  • Robert Mapes
    Key Cast
  • Rebecca Roos
    Associate Producer
  • Leonardo Aguirre
    Associate Producer
  • Brigitte Hosé
    Associate Producer
  • John Schaub
    Cinematography
  • Aaron Hosé
    Cinematography
  • Rebecca Roos
    Cinematography
  • Leonardo Aguirre
    Cinematography
  • Aaron Hosé
    Editing
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Los Hijos de Mapes
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Aruba
  • Country of Filming:
    Aruba, United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Festival de Cortos Somos Afro (2015)
    Cali
    Colombia
    World Premiere
  • Festival International du Film PanAfricain de Cannes (2015)
    Cannes
    France
    International Premiere
  • 48th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival (2015)
    Houston, Texas
    United States
    WINNER - Platinum Remi Award (Sports)
  • Los Angeles CineFest (2015)
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
  • CineBodega Film Festival (2015)
    Woodland Hills, California
    United States
    North American Premiere
  • Three Cities Film Festival (2015)
    LA/NYC (USA), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)
  • #TOFF The Online Film Festival (2015)

    United States
  • CAYFILM: Cayman International Film Festival (2015)
    Grand Cayman
    Cayman Islands
    Caribbean Premiere
  • GATFFEST: Greater August Town Film Festival (2015)
    Kingston
    Jamaica
    WINNER - Viewers' Choice Award - Best Documentary
  • Skyway Film Festival (2015)
    Bradenton, Florida
    United States
    Florida Premiere
  • Jamaica Film Festival (2015)
    Kingston
    Jamaica
  • Great Lakes Christian Film Festival (2015)
    Buffalo, New York
    United States
  • CENFLO: Central Florida Film Festival (2015)
    Ocoee, Florida
    United States
    FINALIST - Best Documentary
  • Piton International Film Festival (2015)
    Castries
    Saint Lucia
  • Knoxville Film Festival (2015)
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    United States
  • Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival (2015)
    Holland, Michigan
    United States
  • PICOR: Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes Pilas en Corto (2015)
    Pilas
    Spain
  • Orlando Film Festival (2015)
    Orlando, Florida
    United States
    NOMINEE - Best Documentary Short Film
  • Alexandria Film Festival (2015)
    Alexandria, Virginia
    United States
  • Roma Cinema Doc (2015)
    Rome
    Italy
  • South Texas Underground Film Festival (2015)
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    United States
  • Blackbird Film Festival (2015)
    Cortland, New York
    United States
    NOMINEE (2) - Best Documentary Short, Best Story & Structure
  • Spotlight Documentary Film Awards (2015)
    Atlanta, Georgia
    United States
    WINNER - Silver Award
  • IndieFEST Film Awards (2016)
    La Jolla, California
    United States
    WINNER - Award of Merit Special Mention - Documentary Short
  • Bonita Springs International Film Festival (2016)
    Bonita Springs, Florida
    United States
  • RDOC: Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de Rep. Dominicana y el Caribe (2016)
    Santo Domingo
    Dominican Republic
  • OverTime Films Festival Internacional de Cine Deportivo (2016)
    Baja California
    Mexico
  • Sydney World Film Festival (2016)
    Sydney
    Australia
  • Focus International Film Festival Spring (2016)
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    NOMINEE - Best Visual Effects
  • Film Fest 52 (Apr 2016)
    Bethel, Connecticut
    United States
  • Vieques International Film Festival (2016)
    Vieques
    Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina Cultural Film Festival (2016)
    North Charleston, South Carolina
    United States
  • Vaughan Film Festival (2016)
    Ontario
    Canada
    NOMINEE - Best Documentary Film
  • FICID: Festival Internacional de Cine Deportivo (2016)
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
  • Ozark Shorts (2016)
    Lamar, Missouri
    United States
  • SABC Ekurhuleni International Film Festival (Jun 2016)
    Ekurhuleni
    South Africa
    African premiere
  • SAFILM: San Antonio Film Festival (2016)
    San Antonio, Texas
    United States
  • Martinique International Film Festival (2016)

    Martinique
  • Ananse Festival de Cine Afro (2016)
    Cali
    Colombia
  • Cinema Los Angeles (2016)
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
  • Chicago Independent Film Festival (2016)
    Chicago, Illinois
    United States
  • CSFF: China International New Media Short Film Festival (2016)
    Shenzhen
    China
    Asia Premiere
    SHORTLISTED - Best Director
  • I Filmmaker International Film Festival (2016)
    Marbella
    Spain
    NOMINEE - Best Documentary
  • Underground Film Festival (2017)
    USA/Europe/Asia (touring festival)
  • FreeNetWorld International Film Festival (2017)
    Nis
    Serbia
  • German United Film Festival (2017)
    Berlin
    Germany
  • Toronto International Independent Film Festival (2017)
    Toronto
    Canada
  • FECIME: Festival Cinematográfico de Mérida (2017)
    Mérida
    Mexico
  • FINDECOIN: Festival Internactional de Cortometrajes Independientes (2017)
    Puerto la Cruz
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
  • LAFIC: Lanús Festival Internacional de Cine (2017)
    Lanús
    Argentina
  • FEMUCIQ: Festival Mundial de Cine Independiente de Quito (2017)
    Quito
    Ecuador
    WINNER - Best Documentary Short
  • Five Continents International Film Festival (2017)
    Puerto la Cruz
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
    JURY SPECIAL MENTION - Documentary Short Film
  • Tokyo Lift-Off Online Film Festival (2017)
    Shibuya
    Japan
  • CaribbeanLens International Film Festival (2017)
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
  • Maracay International Film & Video Festival (2017)
    Maracay
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
  • Movies4Movies Film Festival (2017)
    Dobbs Ferry, New York
    United States
    WINNER - Best Short Documentary
  • International Tour Film Festival (2017)
    Civitavecchia
    Italy
  • Goa Short Film Festival (2017)
    Maharashtra
    India
    India Premiere
  • Austin Spotlight Film Festival (2017)
    Austin, Texas
    United States
  • Move Me Productions Belgium - Film Festival (2017)
    Antwerp
    Belgium
    NOMINEE - Best Documentary Short
  • Canada Shorts Film Festival (2017)
    New Brunswick
    Canada
    WINNER - Award of Commendation
  • Best Shorts Competition (2017)
    La Jolla, California
    United States
    WINNER - Award of Merit
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 twenty years in the international film and video industry. His video productions, documentaries and television programs have earned numerous awards, including three regional Emmy Awards and eight nominations.

In 2010, Aaron produced and directed his award-winning Taiwanese documentary feature "Voices in the Clouds", and followed it up with the LGBT-themed documentary feature "Break Through" in 2012. Both films are available worldwide on digital platforms such as Hulu, Amazon, Gaia, IndieReign and SnagFilms.

Aaron is Associate Producer and Cinematographer for the celebrity impersonator documentary "Just About Famous" (currently on Netflix, iTunes and Google Play). The Emmy Award-winning documentary "The Committee", which Aaron produced and edited, was broadcast nationwide on 70+ PBS stations via the American Public Television Exchange (APT). His short documentary “The Sons of Mapes" is being distributed in the U.S. and Europe on ShortsTV.

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Director Statement

This project was created as a way to better understand some of the values that were instilled in me by my Father. Not only did I want to pay homage to him and his successes as a professional tennis player, but I also wanted to get to know Mr. Mapes, the man who was so influential in my Father's life. "The Sons of Mapes" is also my love letter to the sport of tennis and the power it has to bring people together, both on and off the court.