JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - Tomato Republic is an independent film about...you guessed it...Jacksonville, Texas, home of the best tomatoes grown anywhere.
It's not about tomatoes, exactly, but about life and politics in the small Texas town, featuring the Jacksonville mayoral race between three men who are just about as different from one another as candidates could be: 71-year-old incumbent mayor Kenneth Melvin, Rob Gowin, owner of Sadler's Restaurant, and the youngest mayoral candidate in town history, 23-year-old William Igbokwe, a UT Austin graduate, and the first African American to run for mayor in Jacksonville.
Tomato Republic won 2nd place out of 176 entries at the Dallas International Film Festival, and won top prize out of all Texas films, as well. The film was co-produced and directed by Whitney Graham Carter, Jenna Jackson and Anthony Jackson. Read more about the film and crew
You can see it on the big screen tonight, June 12, at Cinema 3 at 7 p.m. in Jacksonville.