The Future State is a new series of public events produced by California Watch (part of the Center for Investigative Reporting) and its partners.

Event and Screening:
‘California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown’

Co-presented by The California Film Foundation and The Coro Center for Civic Leadership
Wednesday, Dec. 5th
The California Museum

On Wednesday, December 5th, California Watch will spotlight the documentary California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown, as a starting point to engage audiences in the challenges Californians face, as well as the opportunities for change.

This all-day event will bring together investigative journalism, documentary filmmaking and fresh content to provide a compelling framework for exploring today’s key issues. The award-winning film is much more than an examination of the past – this entertaining biography of Gov. Pat Brown is a provocative portrait of a man whose bipartisan can-do optimism can re-energize a critical dialogue.

Topics will range from Brown’s legacy to the future of our state, with the day culminating in a special screening and panel discussion of California State of Mind. We would be delighted if you could join us for these provocative and productive conversations.

California has long embodied the American Dream: a place where creativity, innovation and possibility prevailed. But today, public schools have gone from first to worst, universities are overcrowded and financially failing, and roads are congested and crumbling. Water and environmental resources are shrinking as demand increases and pollution spreads. The political process seems to be in a state of paralysis, and the massive budget crisis has created real gridlock.

California State of Mind — synopsis: In the turbulent 1960s, an ordinary man rose to face extraordinary challenges. His granddaughter and award-winning Director, Sascha Rice, gives an inside look into political power and a family dynasty called by some “the West Coast Kennedys.” Brown’s story converges with such luminaries as JFK, Nixon, Reagan, Cesar Chavez, and Martin Luther King. 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. You can learn more and view the trailer at

My California Now is the companion curriculum for the documentary California State of Mind. This powerful educational tool enlists a new generation in discovering how they can make a positive impact in their communities today. The curriculum provides activities, lesson plans, and key information for College Students and 4th-12th Graders. The robust guide covers history, civic engagement, leadership, storytelling, the environment, civil rights, and more.
To learn more visit:

9-11:30 a.m.:
Morning workshop: Tell Your Own Family/ Community Story at The California Museum - OPEN TO PUBLIC
MORE INFO & REGISTER HERE: Led by director Sascha Rice, with participation from local filmmakers and community members.

Noon-1:30 p.m.:
Luncheon co-hosted by the Pat Brown Institute at The California Museum - BY REQUEST: EMAIL KCRAWFORD@CIRONLINE.ORG
Moderated discussion with panelists including Corey Cook, Director of University of San Francisco’s Leo McCarthy Center for the Public Good, and Raphael Sonenshein, Executive Director of The Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at CSU.

5:30-6:30 p.m.
VIP reception, co-hosted by the Pat Brown Institute at The California Museum
Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

7:00-9:00 p.m.
Screening and panel discussion at The California Museum - REGISTER HERE

The screening will feature the premiere of a special 56-minute educational version of California State of Mind. A panel discussion will follow, exploring Brown’s legacy, the film, and the current state and future of California. Moderated by CIR’s Phil Bronstein, panelists will include filmmaker Sascha Rice and special guests.

The California Museum
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

For more information please contact Kristin Crawford at