California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown

California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown
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California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown
USA, 2010, 90 Minute Running Time
Topics: Documentary, Environment, History, Political, Woman Director
Program: True Stories
Language: English

Governor Edmund G “Pat” Brown was California’s most important governor of the post-World War II era and the patriarch of the so-called “West Coast Kennedys.” Incredibly, his story has never before been portrayed on film. Now, from a filmmaker in a unique position to tell that story—his granddaughter Sascha Rice—comes a thoroughly engaging documentary of his career and family, and of the times he helped shape. Key episodes depicted include the creation of California’s Master Plan for higher education, the massive state water project that pitted Northern and Southern California against each other, the controversial fair housing act, and Brown’s epic political campaigns against Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Especially poignant are the relationships between Gov. Brown and his son, Jerry (the current Governor), with daughter Kathleen (the filmmaker’s mother and gubernatorial candidate), and wife Bernice. Told by a pantheon of political leaders, historians, and commentators and relying on archival and home movie footage, the film seamlessly blends the personal and the political to create a moving and illuminating portrait of this dynamic leader.

Director Sascha Rice is expected to attend both screenings.

DIRECTOR: Sascha Rice
Producer: Sascha Rice, Hilary Armstrong, Julia Mintz
Editor: Lauren Giordano, Claire Chandler, Doug Blush
Screenwriter: Sascha Rice, Laura Nix
Cinematographer: Anne Etheridge
Music: Kim Carroll
Principal Cast: Tom Brokaw, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Brown, Kathleen Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Pete Wilson,Tom Hayden,Warren Christopher
Filmography: Mango Kiss (2004)
Print Source: Fire of Life Films -

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