Pat Brown Documentary Airs on Public TV This Week

A documentary on the life of former California Gov. Pat Brown will air on public television stations in Sacramento and Los Angeles at 10 p.m. Monday, May 21. Additional airdates follow in markets throughout the state.

“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. Written and directed by Sascha Rice, Brown’s granddaughter, the documentary has garnered praise at recent screenings, including at the Sacramento Film Festival and a special screening at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. in April.

With a legacy that includes the Fair Housing Act, Fair Employment Act, a master plan for higher education, highway expansion and the California Aqueduct, Brown’s efforts led politicians on both sides of the aisle to call him the “architect of the Golden State.”

The documentary draws upon family photos, archival footage, private letters, and interviews to provide perspective and bring this unique history alive.

ACWA is a sponsor of the film, as is Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The Water Education Foundation is the project’s major fiscal sponsor.

A complete list of airdates can be found here.

A short trailer can be viewed here.