CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND – THE LEGACY OF PAT BROWN MAKES BROADCAST PREMIERE ON PBS SOCAL
COSTA MESA, Calif. (May 2, 2012) - CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND - The Legacy of Pat Brown makes its broadcast television debut on PBS SoCaL on Monday, May 21, at 10 p.m. 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. The film has been a festival hit across the country, recently winning a Grand Jury Prize for Cinematic Vision, and has been praised for empowering viewers with optimism about the future.
CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND – The Legacy of Pat Brown is a unique portrait of former California Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown and was created by Brown’s granddaughter, award-winning director Sascha Rice. Rice presents an intimate, inside look into political power and a family dynasty called by some “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 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. 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 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
For more information, photography stills, bios and a film trailer, go to: www.patbrowndocumentary.com
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