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The Center for California Studies is co-sponsoring a special screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown. The screening will take place Sat. Oct. 26th from 3:00-4:30, followed by a Q&A with the director, in the auditorium of The California Museum at Archives Plaza, 1020 O Street, Sacramento, CA.  

The film screening is free and open to the public and does not require registration.  For more information about the film see

California State of Mind is being shown at the culmination of California Council for History Education's 8th annual conference. Registration information for those interested in the full program can be found at

CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND tells the story of how one man rose against seemingly insurmountable obstacles and shaped the future of modern California. Rather than lionizing Brown as "the Architect of the Golden State," the film looks critically at Pat Brown's odyssey to build a "Super State," raising issues that transcend eras and geographic borders. As the Vietnam War shifts the nation's consciousness, Brown is caught in the middle of the cataclysmic 1960s, with the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley, fiery race riots in Los Angeles, and the United Farm Workers Movement in the Central Valley. Brown's epic battle against capital punishment unleashes an international uproar. Finally, a telegenic Ronald Reagan steps onto the world stage promising to sweep all that away. Brown's tenure ends as a new "era of limits" begins. Told from his granddaughter's perspective, Brown's struggle to overcome humble beginnings reveals a dynamic American Dream story - a compelling journey that unfolds through interviews, archival footage, home movies, and cinema verite as the filmmaker wrestles with the inherited optimism of her grandfather's legacy. The issues Brown faced have urgent relevance now - in the West and nationwide: failing education, crumbling infrastructure, gridlocked traffic, and water threatening to become the next oil. This intimate portrait of Pat Brown has the power to ignite optimism and provide a template for what we can and should expect from leaders today.

Sascha Rice is an award-winning filmmaker, public speaker, teacher, and granddaughter of California's former Governor Pat Brown, niece of current Governor Jerry Brown, and daughter of former State Treasurer Kathleen Brown. Her Emmy nominated documentary  recently garnered a Grand Jury Prize for Cinematic Vision and has made waves across the country with screenings in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, DC, and throughout California. She serves on the Board of Advisors of the Pat Brown Institute, which is a non-partisan public policy Institute at Cal State LA. Additionally, Ms. Rice is the program director and a mentor for the Young Writers Workshop at Ivanhoe Elementary. Ms. Rice has appeared on television and numerous radio programs and her work has broadcast internationally. Ms. Rice studied at the American Film Institute and received a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College.







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