The First Angry Man

Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film 2019 Finalist
2019 Catalina Film Festival - Official Selection
Lift-Off Global Network - Los Angeles 2019 Online Festival Official Selection

Official Selection - Red Rock Festival 2019

Best Documentary Film 2019 - San Pedro Best Documentary


If you ever wondered how the great public ambitions of postwar America collapsed into the bitter parsimony of the permanent tax revolt, look no further than Howard Jarvis, whose 1978 ballot initiative, Proposition 13, changed everything in California and beyond. The First Angry Man unpacks the dramatic campaign, its quirky characters and the enduring consequences that continue to define our times. 

Tune in to the PBS premiere on KCET (PBS SoCal) at 7pm on October 13 and KQED at 8pm on October 16, 2020.

For additional information and to book screenings visit The First Angry Man.

Our Funders

National Endowment For The Humanities

Just Films

Jonathan Logan
California Humanities
Berkeley Film Foundation


Jason Cohn
Writer and Director

Camille Servan-Schreiber

Stephen Talbot
Senior Producer

Kevin Jones and Stephanie Mechura

Nina Goodby
Associate Producer

Christopher Rife
Music Composer

Pamela Adlon