Potato Dreams of America

Wes Hurley, USA 2021, 97’
Polish premiere
Mass The Novice

Based on the director's life experiences, Potato Dreams of America is the story of a young boy on the threshold of adulthood, who undergoes an accelerated course in maturity after leaving his native Soviet Union and moving to the United States. Vasily's mother marries a middle-class American and solemnly decides that all their American dreams will come true from then on. Life, meanwhile, brings a lot of disappointment and few joys. The atmosphere of despondency and hopelessness does not last long, however, because the filmmaker loves to experiment with genres, push the limits of good taste and acceptable humor, and introduce gentle camp elements into the plot. After all, what else can you call a situation in which a typical American father is played by none other than Dan Lauria - the archetypal father from The Wonder Years? Yes, it will be a very optimistic story about fulfilled dreams, supportive parents, polite friends from the bench and more or less successful coming-outs. Potato... premiered at SXSW.

Magdalena Maksimiuk


LA Outfest 2021 - Outstanding Screenwriting in US Feature

Wes Hurley

Wes Hurley was born in 1981 in Vladivostok, USSR as Vasili Naumenko. He moved to Seattle at 16 with his mother. His online series Capitol Hill was an unexpectedly huge success, as was the short documentary Little Potato, which won him nearly 30 awards worldwide. In his films, Hurley focuses on gender identity and queer culture. He has worked with numerous theater, cabaret and drag actors.


2014-2015 Capitol Hill (TV series)

2015 Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel

2017 Potato Dreams (doc. short)

2021 Potato marzy o Ameryce / Potato Dreams of America

Cast & Crew

director Wes Hurley
screenplay Wes Hurley
cinematography Vincent Pierce
editing Wes Hurley
music Catherine Joy, Joshua Kohl
cast Jonathan Bennett, Lea DeLaria, Lauren Tewes, Dan Lauria, Marya Sea Kaminski
producer Sarah Crowe, Mel Eslyn, Eliza Flug
production A Potato Dreams of America LLC production
sales The Film Sales Company
language English
coloration colour
stay in touch
festival partners