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“Potato Dreams of America”

A true story about a gay boy growing up in the collapsing USSR, his courageous mail-order bride mother and their adventurous escape to Seattle in the 90’s.

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Lena and Potato filling out the mail order bride application. Photo credit: Vincent Pierce / Potato Dreams of America

SXSW 2021 will host the world premiere of writer/director Wes Hurley‘s Potato Dreams of America, based on the award-winning short film Little Potato which won the Grand Jury Award for Documentary Short at SXSW 2017. The short went on to win the Audience Awards at L.A. Outfest and Ashland Independent Film Festival as well as awards at several other festivals around the country.


Lea DeLaria in POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA. Photo credit: Vincent Pierce / Potato Dreams of America

Potato Dreams of America

95 minutes | USA | 2019 | English
Director: Wes Hurley
Starring: Tyler Bocock, Marya Sea Kaminski, Dan Lauria, Jonathan Bennett, Lea DeLaria, Sera Barbieri, Rizo, Sophia Mitri Schloss, Hersh Powers

Wes Hurley’s autobiographical dark comedy about a gay boy growing up in the collapsing USSR, his courageous mail-order bride mother and their adventurous escape to Seattle in the 90s. Full of unexpected twists, the film is an immigrant’s take on the American Dream and the power of cinema, proving that life is often stranger than fiction.


Mashable India rated it Smashable at 4.5 out of 5:

“Potato Dreams of America was a surprising watch. I will recommend going into it completely blind because that’s how I went into it and I hugely enjoyed it. I think that a lot of people from the LGBTQ+ community will find their stories here. I think that a lot of immigrants will find their stories here. And if you are an immigrant who belongs to the LGBTQ+ community, this movie is most definitely for you!”


The SXSW Film Festival celebrates raw innovation and emerging talent from both behind and in front of the camera. Learn more about the Film Festival for the 2021 SXSW Online digital experience from March 16-20.

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Chase is the founder and Creative Director of therepubliq.com, former host and Executive Producer of OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin. In 2012, CultureMap Austin named him one of Austin's Top LGBT bloggers and he received the AGLCC's Chamber Award for Social Media Diva.

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