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Opening Night: Jerry Brown: The Disrupter

Directed by Marina Zenovich

USA | Documentary | 95

3 Nov
Thu, Nov 3, 2022 at 7:00 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Marina Zenovich and Governor Jerry Brown are expected to attend.


Governor Jerry Brown has had a storied political life, and Marina Zenovich’s tremendous portrait of him captures the highs and lows, augmented by present-day interviews with her protagonist. Ahead of his time in many ways, especially as an environmentalist, he is the longest-serving governor in the history of California, who eliminated the state’s billion-dollar deficit and enacted historic environmental and criminal justice reforms. From his early days in San Francisco as the son of Governor Pat Brown to his current work around climate change and nuclear threats, Zenovich’s timely film proposes a hopeful alternative to the current political morass.

Director Marina Zenovich

Marina Zenovich is a two-time Emmy award-winning filmmaker whose films have been widely praised for their powerful storytelling and their thoughtful, sensitive approach to a wide range of subjects. Her film Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind was the Closing Night of the 2018 SFFILM Festival. Other work includes Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008), Water and Power: A California Heist (2017), and Lance (2020).

Moderator Miriam Pawel

Miriam Pawel is an author, journalist, and independent historian. Her most recent book, The Browns of California — The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation, traces the history of California through four generations of the family of Governors Pat and Jerry Brown; it won a Gold Medal in the California Book Awards and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in history.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2022

Premiere World

Runtime 95

Country USA

Director Marina Zenovich

Executive Producer Greg Little, Nion McEvoy, Leslie Berriman, Jeff Desich, Jodie Evans, Ted Hope, Mark Herzog

Producer Laura Michalchyshyn, P.G. Morgan, Marina Zenovich

Editor Chris A. Petersen, Natalie DeDiego

Cinematographer Nick Higgins

Music Adam Dorn

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio descriptions are not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.