Seattle filmmaker and performer Wes Hurley scored a hit during the SXSW Film Festival with a film memoir of growing up homosexual in Russia, “minimal Potato.”
Once they called their title, if they stated which he had won, Wes Hurley couldn’t move. He simply stared.
For the reason that moment, he had been yet again the small child — the “little potato,” as his mother called him — viewing a film in the TV. Transfixed. Frozen. Disbelieving.
And today, there he had been, winning the Grand Jury Award for Documentary brief for their film, “Little Potato,” last week during the Southern By Southwest Film Festival.
“I became entirely surprised,” Hurley said last week, chatting from a motor vehicle traveling house to Seattle through Texas. (He’s scared of flying.)