Seattle queer filmmaker, Wes Hurley’s new dark comedy POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA is his touching real-life story of how his Russian mother, a doctor, actually became a mail order bride so that the two of them could have a brand new life in the US
It’s a beautifully poignant movie that is a story of hope that doesn’t shy away from the fact that it came at a price. Potato (aka Hurley) and his mother could only find work in a fast-food establishment but they are both resilient and their good humor gives this story the ending it deserves.
Look out for a scene-stealing performance by an almost unrecognized as Lea Delaria who plays Potato’s grandmother Tamara
The movie has been selected as the Opening Gala of OUTshine LGBTQ Film Fest so QUEERGURU talked with Hurley to discover if his life really was as funny as it seemed
You can read Queerguru's full review of the movie HERE
P.S. Hurley is also a Producer of another movie screening at Outshine. You can check ou review of YES I AM, THE RIC WEILAND STORY Here
The fact that ‘moffie’ is the South African equivalent of ‘faggot’ sets the tone for one of the most harrowing coming-of-age films we have ever seen. It is set in South Africa in 1981 in apartheid where the white minority still dominates and persecutes the ‘colored’ population. They however are not the enemy in this war drama, as the country is obsessed with fighting neighboring Angola with its Soviet-backed troops. If there is one thing that the South Africans hate as much as ‘colored’ people it is Communists. It goes without saying that ‘moffies’ are on that list too.
To keep the Army manned there is mandatory conscription for boys 18 years old ……some even just 16. This is the tale of just one of them
This week the 35th edition of BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival kicks off. Adapting to these current tough times, the Festival will be available digitally from 17 to 28 March 2021 for the whole of the UK. The program may be smaller this year but it’s just as powerful as ever with an incredible diverse eclectic selection of some of the very best queer films from around the globe. It includes two World Premieres and some exceptional documentaries that celebrate our community’s history.
As usual, the Queerguru team have been through the entire program in great detail, and here are our TOP PICKS of MOVIES NOT TO BE MISSED and as usual in alphabetical order:
Trans in Trumpland is a stunning film series from trans filmmakers Tony Zosherafatain & Jaime DiNicola that investigates the impact of anti-trans policies on the lives of four transgender Americans. Told through a road trip narrative across remote parts of the United States and set against the backdrop of increasing rates of transphobic violence,
Trans in Trumpland shows the grim realities that trans-Americans face Now streaming on Topic, Queerguru talked with the filmmakers about the impact their films are having in, and outside. of the trans community