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President of the United States Jack Kennedy (L) with then Governor of California Pat Brown (R) at a Chasen's dinner in the 1960s.
Former California Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, who passed away in 1996, left behind a biological legacy in his son and two-time California Governor Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown, Jr., but he also left a behind a legacy as a synergistic political leader who oversaw the development of the state’s infrastructure, education system and cultural evolution during most of the 1960s.
Now, Pat Brown’s granddaughter Sascha Rice has captured her grandfather’s legacy on film in the documentary “California State of Mind – The Legacy of Pat Brown,” which will make its broadcast television debut on PBS SoCaL on Monday, May 21, at 10 p.m.
Rice’s film, which won a Grand Jury Prize for Cinematic Vision at the Sacramento International Film Festival, examines Brown’s empowering impact on the state and how his legacy has influenced the contemporary challenges California faces. The documentary features interviews with Governor Jerry Brown; former Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis and Pete Wilson; journalist Tom Brokaw and others.
What do you remember about former Governor Pat Brown? How much has California benefited from his leadership?
Sascha Rice, writer, director, “California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown”