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April 11, 2023, 7:00 P.M.

Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office], USC Schwarzenegger Institute,
USC Center for the Political Future, and Zeno Films Productions LLC,
invite you and a guest to attend


A Special Theatrical Screening of


Directed by Marina Zenovich
Produced by Marina Zenovich, Laura Michalchyshyn, and P.G. Morgan

Followed by a Q&A with Marina Zenovich

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 11th, 2023

Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007




About Jerry Brown: The Disrupter

Jerry Brown is a man ahead of his time. A natural disrupter, Jerry kick-started the national debate about climate change and spiraling inequality back in the 1970s. A three-time presidential candidate - who created the blueprint for today’s grassroots campaigns - Jerry Brown also achieved the remarkable feat of twice being elected Governor of California: at the very different ages of 36 and 72. For over five decades Brown has proven his willingness to sacrifice everything – even getting elected – for the causes to which he’s devoted. In this candid and emotionally compelling portrait, Brown opens up about his remarkable fifty-year political career, his singular private life and the lessons learned from a life in the public eye. Told through archival footage spanning decades, this feature length documentary includes present day interviews with former Governor Jerry Brown, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor Gray Davis, former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, former Treasurer Kathleen Brown, actor and writer Peter Coyote, journalists Todd Purdum, Miriam Pawel, George Skelton and many others.

Running time: 95 minutes.

Director's Statement

Imagine being able to be the Governor of the state of California twice. For Jerry Brown, that’s exactly what happened. First as a 36-year-old. And then at 72. A natural disrupter, Jerry kickstarted the national debate about climate change and spiraling inequality back in the 1970s.

As the daughter of a politician -- State Assemblyman and Senator and later Justice George N. Zenovich – I spent many summers in the Capitol building in Sacramento, watching politics unfold all around me. I've always wanted to make a film about Jerry Brown. I know him both as a political figure and as a layered, complex human. I want people to hear Jerry's hard-won truths about politics and public life - and about where he thinks America is heading.

He’s lived through two very different political eras. He’s done deals in smoke-filled rooms and lived to see the age of 24/7 social media. Over the course of his career politics, culture and societal expectations have evolved far beyond what anyone could have imagined in 1975. After a lifetime mixed with successes and failures, reaching across the aisle and sometimes failing to find common ground, Governor Brown can offer a wisdom and a way forward in this tense political climate.

What lessons has Jerry learned in his 50 years in politics? Are there some character traits he just can’t change? Does he wish things could have unfolded differently? How far is he in competition with himself and how far with his father Pat Brown, who governed California during the 1960s?

My goal is to let audiences be inspired by the life and mind of Jerry Brown, a man ahead of his time and a leader for our times.

- Marina Zenovich
September 2022

About the Guest

MARINA ZENOVICH (Director, Producer)

Marina Zenovich is a critically acclaimed two-time Primetime Emmy award-winning filmmaker. Her films have been praised for their powerful storytelling and their thoughtful, sensitive approach to difficult subjects and controversial people. Marina’s recent films include LANCE (ESPN Films/Hulu), a psychological portrait of cyclist Lance Armstrong; Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (HBO), Water and Power: A California Heist (National Geographic), and Fantastic Lies (ESPN) — about the Duke Lacrosse scandal. Previous films include Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (Showtime) and Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (HBO/BBC), among others. Recent credits include HBO Max’s The Way Down: God, Greed and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin, which became the most viewed docu-series in the platform’s history. Other recent credits include DB Cooper: Where Are You?! for Netflix and Roku's What Happens in Hollywood, which focuses on gender, sex and power in Hollywood. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Director’s Guild of America and the International Documentary Association.

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This screening is free of charge and open to the public. A reservation confirmation will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

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