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Potato Dreams of America: Outfest film Gets Dark Star Pictures as Distributor

Jonathan Bennet - as Jesus Christ in Potato Dreams
By Valerie Milano
Director Wes Hurley & DP Vincent Pierce

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/19/21 – Dark Star Pictures has acquired North American rights to Potato Dreams of America,  Potato writer-director Wes Hurley’s autobiographical dark comedy that had its world premiere at this year’s SXSW. The pic will get a U.S. theatrical release in Q1 2022 followed by a digital bow, and the deal comes as the pic premiered at Outfest LA premiere last night where it was in the official lineup. Much of the cast was in attendance.

Lea Delaria – Little Potato’s Russian Grandma Tamara

Hurley’s queer coming-of-age tale tells the story of a gay boy growing up in the collapsing USSR, his mail-order bride mother and their eventual escape to America. The film is an immigrant’s take on the American Dream and the power of cinema. Marya Sea Kaminksi, Tyler Bocock, Jonathan Bennett, Lea DeLaria, Sera Barbieri, Hersh Powers, Dan Lauria and Sophia Mitri Schloss lead the ensemble cast.

Hersh Powers – Little Potato in Russia

Potato Dreams of America is the kind of unique and compelling narrative that Dark Star wants to share with audiences,” Dark Star president Michael Repsch said. “Director Wes Hurley has managed to tell a personal story in a humorous yet moving way that strikes an emotional chord with the viewer.” Repsch negotiated the rights deal for Dark Star with Lucas Verga and Andrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board as a chief organizer of the Television Critics Association’s press tours, held twice a year in Beverly Hills and Pasadena. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and the Desert Aids Project, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been an active member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.