Sometimes real life is stranger than fiction, and the story told in the short documentary Small potato is one of those times.
“My first memory is of my drunk dad trying to hit my mom,” Wes Hurley says at the start of Small potato, the film that tells the story of its own life and won the award for best documentary short at this year’s SXSW conferences. Wes grew up in Vladivostok, Russia, which his mother – the film’s other protagonist – describes as “the most corrupt and nasty city” in the Soviet Union.
The film follows Wes’s journey from a young child with an outspoken mother to a youngster homosexual child with a mom who just wants the best for her son. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, American films infiltrated Russia – that’s what “changed everything,” says Hurley – and he talks about films as diverse as Ghost, Labyrinth, Curly sue and beetle juice shed light on a world outside of the one he knew, found in the United States of America.
Ultimately, her path to the United States came when her mother signed up to become a Russian mail-order bride, and soon after, the couple moved to Seattle, Washington, to be with their new figure. paternal, James.
Upon moving to America, Wes and his mother discovered that their new benefactor was an evangelical and very conservative Christian – something that did not fit well with Wes’ burgeoning weirdness. “He was always talking about politics and religion. He was really mad at the state of the world, the secular schools, the Clintons and the gay rights movement, ”says Wes.
But – and here’s that weirder-than-fiction part – James was keeping a secret from Wes and his mother. You will have to watch Small potato below to see what it is, but we’ll just say it’s a doozy.
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