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 documentary feature on Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown — "the Godfather of Modern California."  Told through the eyes of Brown's granddaughter, award‑winning filmmaker Sascha Rice, CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND gives viewers an inside look at a California icon and a political family, called by some “the West Coast Kennedys.” This premiere account of former Gov. Brown’s life takes on startling new significance now that his son, Jerry Brown, is Governor of California – again.  The audience is taken on an exciting ride through a tumultuous decade in American history as 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 speakers like 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.  This exciting tale of the West is much more than an examination of the past; it's an entertaining biography and a provocative portrait of a man whose bi-partisan can-do optimism inspires the next generation.  

"California State of Mind is a brilliant documentary. It takes us back to a time when politicians were superheroes, when you believed they had the power to make a difference. Forget The Avengers and Spider Man. The real super hero here is Pat Brown, a man who fought for the integrity, the heart and soul of California. I love this film and it should be mandatory viewing for every student in America."
-Chris Columbus, Director/Producer (The Help, Harry Potter, Home Alone)
  • Details

    86 minute
    Bonus features include: Brown home movies, Uncle Jerry at his Military Academy, & MORE!
    ***This DVD is for HOME USE only. ***
    Educational DVDs can be purchased at: GOOD DOCS!california-state-of-mind/cuun

    Note---the HOME DVD does NOT include the 56-minute educational version, nor does it have the 3 educational short videos. The EDUCATIONAL DVD is designed for classroom and institutional use.