Film poster for "California State of Mind" with man in suit and glasses and cane.
Film poster for "California State of Mind" with man in suit and glasses and cane.
The Legacy of Pat Brown


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| HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Educational Media Reviews Online | OFFICIAL SELECTION - United Nations Association Film Festival

Government • Politics • Civil Rights • American History • Environment • Civic Participation

Date of Completion: 2012 | Run Time: 56 and 86 minutes | Language: English | Captions: Yes (86 Min.) Includes: Transcript & Curriculum Guide | Director: Sascha Rice

In the turbulent 1960s, an ordinary man rose to face extraordinary challenges and powerfully shaped the future of California. A dynamic American dream story unfolds in this Emmy® Nominated documentary on Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown — "the Godfather of Modern California." Told through the eyes of Brown's granddaughter, award-winning filmmaker Sascha Rice, CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND gives students an inside look at a California icon and a political family, called by some “the West Coast Kennedys.” As the filmmaker investigates her grandfather's legacy, viewers are invited along to assess Brown's policies and learn about government, leadership, civil rights, growth, and the clash between environment and economic development. Brown's career intersects with such luminaries as JFK, Nixon, Reagan, Cesar Chavez, and Martin Luther King Jr.. This exciting tale of the West is much more than an examination of the past; it's an entertaining biography and a provocative portrait of a man whose bi-partisan can-do optimism inspires students today.

 Educational Media Reviews Online: "Highly Recommended"
"Rice has gathered much archival footage and commentary from others including Willie Brown, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, and Tom Brokaw who believes Brown will be long-remembered as “the godfather of modern California.” Brown’s story should serve as an inspiration for anyone weary of the never-ending political scrums that have come to be identified with state and national politics. There is no other DVD available on the career of Pat Brown and this is a worthy addition. It’s a highly recommended purchase for every library in California and any university with government and/or American history departments."

Los Angeles Times | George Skelton
"To get anything done in government —then or today — requires a leader. Pat Brown filled the bill. For a political junkie, it's four stars."

Maxine Isaacs, Lecturer on Government at Harvard University
"An invaluable teaching tool. Brings to life the challenges and trade-offs of governance; the clash between ambitious government leaders and eventual limits on resources; and the need for congruence between a visionary leader and the time in which he or she serves."

Northern California Emmy® Nomination | 2013
Official Selection | United Nations Association Film Festival
Official SelectionNewport Beach Film Festival
Official SelectionMill Valley Film Festival
Official Selection Palm Springs International Film Festival

PBS Broadcast
The Paley Center
Washington D.C. National Archives
California Council of History Education Conference
California Museum
Stanford University
Gene Siskel Film Center

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