National Archives Presents California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown March 20th
Press Release · Friday, March 2, 2012

Washington, DC

On Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m., the National Archives partners with The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film to present a free screening of California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown (90 min), the premiere account of the life of Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown who was an ordinary man who rose to face extraordinary challenges and shaped the future of modern California in the turbulent 1960s.

“Government can’t of course lift up everybody. We can't get rid of death, sickness, hatred and worry, bigotry or any of these things that have existed. But we can provide people with the opportunity—we can equalize the opportunity.”—Gov. Pat Brown

California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown is told from his granddaughter’s perspective; a dynamic American dream story unfolds in this unique portrait of ‘the Godfather of Modern California.’ This inside look into political power takes on startling new significance now that his son Jerry Brown is Governor—again. Historian Michael Beschloss will introduce the film and moderate a post-screening discussion with Director Sascha Rice, Executive Producer Hilary Armstrong, and Producer Julia Mintz.

The screening will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater, located in the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C., which is Metro accessible on the Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. To verify the date and times of the program, the public should call 202-357-5333, or view the Calendar of Events online.

The National Archives is fully accessible, and Assisted Listening Devices are available in the McGowan Theater upon request. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program, please e-mail or call 202-357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event.

For more information, stills, bios, and a film trailer go to:

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Press may contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at 202-357-5300.

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