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.
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!”
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