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A Hollywood-obsessed mother and her gay son move from 1980s USSR to the United States


NewFest 2021 U.S. Narrative Feature Jury Special Mention.

Obsessed with old Hollywood movies and concerned for her son’s future in 1980s USSR, Lena becomes a mail-order bride and moves to the United States. Though she hopes to give her son Potato a better life, things veer off course when his burgeoning sexuality and love of New Queer Cinema clash with his new father’s political and religious points of view.

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Stylized and deliciously campy, POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA conjures a portrayal of "the American dream" that is as hopeful and hilarious as it is dizzying. Featuring a star-studded LGBTQ+ cast including Lea DeLaria (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) and Jonathan Bennett (MEAN GIRLS), writer/director Wes Hurley’s autobiographical crowd-pleaser is sure to spark whimsical wonder.

Cast: Tyler Bocock, Hersh Powers, Lea DeLaria, Dan Lauria, Jonathan Bennett


Wes Hurley


95 minutes


Narrative, Comedy, Drama


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