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California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown

A new documentary profiles the former California governor from the turbulent 1960s and explores a family dynasty called by some "the West Coast Kennedys." Chicago broadcast premiere: Sunday, September 16 at 5:30 pm on WTTW.

For immediate release
- October 6, 2012

WTTW, Chicago’s premier public television station is pleased to announce the Chicago broadcast premiere of the new 86-minute documentary CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND: The Legacy of Pat Brown. WTTW will air the program on Sunday, September 16 at 5:30 pm, with a rebroadcast at 2:30 am on Monday, September 17.

In the turbulent 1960’s, an ordinary man rose to face extraordinary challenges. In CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND: The Legacy of Pat Brown, award-winning director Sascha Rice – Brown’s granddaughter – offers an inside look into a powerful family dynasty, with the aim of inspiring viewers to feel empowered and optimistic about our collective future. Brown's story takes on startling new significance now that his son, Jerry Brown, is Governor of California – again. An exciting tale of the West comes into focus as the filmmaker wrestles with the inherited optimism of her grandfather's legacy; the film then gracefully pivots from a tumultuous decade in American history to the contemporary challenges that the Golden State faces today, following the journey of a man overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles to shape the future of modern California.

The program includes interviews with journalist Tom Brokaw, Governor Jerry Brown, former Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis and Pete Wilson; the Hon. Willie Brown Jr., Warren Christopher, historian Kevin Starr, Reagan political strategist Stu Spencer, and former State Treasurer and Pat Brown’s daughter Kathleen Brown.

Director/writer/producer Sascha 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 film was entirely funded through donations from over 450 different individuals, foundations, and corporate sponsors. The sisters joined forces with producer Julia Mintz, whose recent work includes Nanking, Soundtrack for a Revolution, and The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo.

CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND: The Legacy of Pat Brown is airing on public television stations across the country and is presented by KQED and distributed by NETA. To see a trailer or learn more, visit

Directed by Sascha Rice
Written by Sascha Rice & Laura Nix
Produced by Hilary Armstrong, Julia Mintz, Sascha Rice
Executive Producer Hilary Armstrong
Director of Photography Anne Etheridge
Edited by Lauren Giordano, Doug Blush, Claire L. Chandler
Composer: Kim Carroll

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