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Documentary – California State of Mind


Without endorsement, I’m passing along this notice of a new film about California politics and culture. [LMC]

California State of Mind
This Emmy nominated documentary is an exciting tale of the West, an entertaining biography and a CalStateMindprovocative portrait of a man whose bi-partisan can-do optimism inspires students today.
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In the turbulent 1960s, an ordinary man rose to face extraordinary challenges and powerfully shaped the future of modern California. A dynamic American dream story unfolds in this new film on Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown — “the Godfather of Modern California.” Told through the eyes of Brown’s granddaughter, award winning filmmaker Sascha Rice, this film 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, look critically at issues of 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. Transporting archival footage is interwoven with revealing commentaries from former Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pete Wilson, Gray Davis and current Governor Jerry Brown as well as Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Karen Bass, and Senator Dianne Feinstein.


2 thoughts on “Documentary – California State of Mind

  1. Lincoln, if you ever come upon a local screening, would you please give an update?? Thanks!

  2. Thank you for sharing.

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