Pat Brown Documentary to Open Santa Cruz Film Festival May 10

A film looking at the life of one of California’s greatest leaders, former Gov. Pat Brown, will open the Santa Cruz Film Festival on May 10.

Written and directed by Sascha Rice, Brown’s granddaughter, “California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown” tells the story of how Brown rose against seemingly insurmountable obstacles and shaped the future of modern California.

With a legacy that includes the Fair Housing Act, Fair Employment Act, a master plan for higher education, highway expansion and most notably, the California aqueduct, Brown exemplified what a government can do, especially during the tempestuous 1960s. The film looks critically at Brown's odyssey to build a "Super State," raising issues that transcend eras and geographic borders.

The film opened the Sacramento Film Festival April 21 on what would have been the former governor’s 107th birthday. ACWA was a sponsor, as well as Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The Water Education Foundation was the project’s major fiscal sponsor.

The May 10 screening will be held at 7 p.m. at the Del Mar Theater at 1124 Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz.

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