2014 Dallas International Film Festival: Tomato Republic
Way out in East Texas amongst the pine trees, at the corner of Route 69 and 79, lies Jacksonville, otherwise known as the “Tomato Republic.” While its humble residents citizens love their fair town, documentarians Jenna Jackson, Anthony Jackson, and Whitney Graham Carter show us that residents aren’t looking to go along to get along anymore.
With a fast-approaching mayoral election on the way, three very different candidates have thrown their hats into the ring, each with distinct plans of action. The town is left to choose between a fresh face, a charismatic restaurateur, and an established politician.
Tomato Republic examines the situation that many small towns in Texas face, where a stronghold of community members struggle to keep their town from falling into political apathy or economic stagnation. The town of Jacksonville is ripe and ready to make lasting progress toward the future.