Two Lives in Pittsburgh


California Theatre, San Jose Sat, Aug 19, 2023 1:45 PM
Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose Wed, Aug 23, 2023 1:55 PM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Feature
Runtime (minutes):91
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Brian Silverman
Annie O'Donnell
Emma Basques
Mark McClain Wilson
Casey Braxton
Sky Elobar
Delissa Reynolds
Trevi Williams
Robert John Brewer
Director:Brian Silverman
Producer(s):Lola Noh
Brian Silverman
Tiffany Murray
Screenwriter:Brian Silverman
Cinematography:Tiffany Murray
Music By:Katrina Zemrak
Editor:Miguel Amodio


When a traditional blue-collar guy, Bernie Evers, learns that his boy, Matty, has been dressing up in girls’ clothes, he acts out in anger and fear. Troubles deepen with news that Bernie’s whiskey-drinking mother, Carla, doesn’t have much time for…well, much of anything.

Matty struggles to become Maddie, and Bernie and Carla struggle to confront the differences between who they’ve been, who they are, and who they want to be. They lean on friends and neighbors for help. Some call them on their bullshit, some are full of bullshit themselves…they’re all imperfect people doing their imperfect best.

In the battle of being a parent, Carla explores her past, and Bernie is forced to question who it is that needs to change…his child or him.

“It’s not a movie about a child’s journey to understand their gender. It’s a movie about a parent’s journey to understand their child. And that is a journey that every parent travels.” - Director, Brian Silverman

Preceded by the short comedy “Hotter Up Close”. See link below.

Included Shorts

Hotter Up Close (15min) More

Additional Information

This Film Presented in Honor of