Award–winning documentary CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND: The Legacy of Pat Brown takes a personal look at the “Godfather of Modern California.”
This national KQED presentation airs Monday, June 25, at 9pm on KQED 9.
Governor Brown’s granddaughter and acclaimed filmmaker Sascha Rice created the film with full access to his personal photos and documents.
KQED, the public media company that serves Northern California, is proud to present the Bay Area television debut of the award–winning documentary CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND: The Legacy of Pat Brown on Monday, June 25, 2012 at 9pm. This unique portrait of former California Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown and was created by Brown’s granddaughter and award-winning director Sascha Rice. With full access to her family’s photos, personal film footage and private documents, Rice presents an intimate, personal look into political power and a family dynasty frequently hailed as “the West Coast Kennedys.” This account of Brown’s life takes on startling new significance now that his son, Jerry Brown is Governor of California — again. The pioneering and progressive spirit of the West comes into focus as the filmmaker wrestles with the inherited optimism of her grandfather’s legacy and its impact on contemporary challenges that face California today.
The film has been a festival hit across the country, recently winning a Grand Jury Prize for Cinematic Vision at the Sacramento International Film Festival, and has been praised for empowering viewers with optimism about the future. For more information, photography stills, bios and a film trailer, go to the CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND press room or www.patbrowndocumentary.com.
This dynamic American Dream story follows the journey of an ordinary man rising to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles as Governor of California in the turbulent 1960s, and in the process, shaping the future of the state. His impressive list of accomplishments as the governor includes the Fair Housing Act; the Fair Employment Act; the Master Plan for Higher Education, which set up the statewide UC System; and the California Aqueduct.
Director/Writer/Producer Rice teamed up with another of Pat Brown’s granddaughters, her sister Executive Producer Hilary Armstrong, who serves on the California Film Commission and is on the board of Sacramento’s California History Museum. The sisters joined forces with producer Julia Mintz, whose recent work includes Soundtrack for a Revolution. The documentary features interviews with Governor Jerry Brown; former Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis and Pete Wilson; journalist Tom Brokaw; the honorable Willie Brown Jr.; Warren Christopher; state historian Kevin Starr; and former State Treasurer and Pat Brown’s daughter Kathleen Brown.
CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND: The Legacy of Pat Brown was entirely funded through donations from more than 450 different individuals, foundations and corporate sponsors. The program is presented by KQED and distributed by NETA for public television. Key credits include:
Director: Sascha Rice
Writers: Sascha Rice & Laura Nix
Producers: Hilary Armstrong, Julia Mintz, Sascha Rice
Executive Producer: Hilary Armstrong
Director of Photography: Anne Etheridge
Editors: Lauren Giordano, Doug Blush, Claire L. Chandler
Composer: Kim Carroll
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