Potato Dreams of America

Potato Dreams of America

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.

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Wes Hurley




Director: Wes Hurley
Executive Producer: Eliza Flug, Sarah Crowe, Mel Eslyn
Producer: Mischa Jakupcak, Wes Hurley
Screenwriter: Wes Hurley
Cinematographer: Vincent Pierce
Editor: Wes Hurley
Production Designer: Kristen Bonnalie
Sound Designer: Nikhil Koparkar
Music: Catherine Joy, Joshua Kohl
Principal Cast: Marya Sea Kaminski, Dan Lauria, Tyler Bocock, Lea DeLaria, Sera Barbieri, Hersh Powers, Jonathan Bennett, Sophia Mitri Schloss, Cynthia Lauren Tewes, James Grixoni


Public Film Contact
Wes Hurley
Potato Dreams of America LLC
Publicity Contact
Erica Abrams
212.445.7100 x133
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2021
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Adaptation, Biography, Comedy, Drama, LGBTQ
Screening Section: Narrative Feature Competition
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 96 mins