Back to IndieWire

‘Little Potato’ Exclusive Clip: SXSW Short Doc Follows a Mother and Son Dreaming of America — Watch

The doc focuses on Seattle-based artist Wes Hurley as he discusses the obstacles of growing up gay in Russia.

Mechanical Dreams

Premiering at this year’s SXSW festival, “Little Potato” centers around the Seattle-based artist Wes Hurley and the obstacles he faced as a gay man growing up in Russia. Including an interview with his mother, “Little Potato” focuses on a mother and son wanting to find a better life for themselves outside the confines of an oppressive Russian regime.

READ MORE: SXSW: Midnighters, Short Films and VR Round Out 2017 Lineup

In this short doc, Hurley opens up about the confusion he felt when he began fantasizing about men while in Russia. He thought he was alone. In the film, Hurley’s mother states that “no one talked about gay people back then, that they didn’t exist.”

American films ended up being the family’s saving grace. With exposure to American cinema, Mrs. Hurley saw a prosperous opportunity for her and her son. Hurley’s mother became a mail-order bride for American men; unfortunately, she endured similar mistreatment to what she faced in Russia once she arrived in the states, but nothing was worse than the possibility of being deported back to Russia.

READ MORE: SXSW 2017: 13 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival

In America, Wes Hurley discovered that he was not alone in being gay, that there was a vocal, present, and proud community that he could identify with that was fighting for equal rights and liberties.

In our exclusive clip from the short doc, Wes and his mother discuss their love for American film. Check it out below.

Stay on top of the latest film news! Sign up for our film newsletter here.

Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

This Article is related to: Film and tagged

Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox