Potato Dreams of America

Wes Hurley is a Russian-born filmmaker and writer whose work dialogues with Seattle’s thriving queer performance arts scene and his own experiences as a gay Russian immigrant.

Artist Bio

Potato Dreams of America is an autobiographical narrative feature film chronicling the artist’s childhood as a closeted gay kid in the disintegrating U.S.S.R., and his adventurous journey to the United States with his mother, a prison doctor turned mail-order bride.

The film premiered at SXSW in 2021, went on to win several prizes at other film festivals, and is now available on DVD and video-on-demand, as well as a limited-edition Blu-ray through acclaimed distribution company Dark Star.

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Wes Hurley

Seattle, WA

Wes Hurley is a Russian-born Seattle-based filmmaker and writer. He wrote, directed, and produced two features—the queer pop-art comedy musical “Fallen Jewel” and a documentary “Waxie Moon”—as well as over a dozen shorts. Hurley is also the creator of the critically acclaimed Capitol Hill TV series, a comedy-horror soap opera starring Seattle drag icons Waxie Moon, BenDeLaCreme, and Jinkx Monsoon. Capitol Hill began as a web series on Huffington Post and was picked up for television in Europe and Canada. Hurley’s short autobiographical documentary “Little Potato” won dozens of awards around the world, including Jury Prize at SXSW and Audience Award at Outfest by HBO. Its companion VR/360 piece, Potato Dreams premiered at AFI Fest and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.