Jacksonville, TX (KETK) — The 2014 Dallas International Film Festival has come and gone, but the big impressions the films left behind will not be soon forgotten. Among those flicks ripe for the viewing, is the Jacksonville documentary, "Tomato Republic".
At the festival, "Tomato Republic" won the 'special jury award'. KETK spoke with the Producer and Director of the film, Whitney Graham Carter, who said, "It's an amazing honor. It's one of the highest honors there is. A grand jury prize and there's a special Texas jury prize for films that are based in Texas". Out of 178 films, only 17 awards were presented. Carter said, "People felt that everybody is from a small town. Especially for the younger generations who may have not ever voted before, that they can have a role in their small town politics".East Texas was well represented, as three of the festival winners have ties to Jacksonville. For a full list of winners, visit: http://diff2014.dallasfilm.org/tomato-republic-jacksonville-texas-ripe-pickin/  .
The documentary captures the endearing spirit of Jacksonville, with a small town political backdrop through the 2013 Mayoral race. Rob Gowin, owner of Sadler's restaurant and former mayoral candidate, said about the flick, "I mean I guess it's the first thing I won. We didn't win the Mayor's race, but at the end of it all our film won the festival". To view the trailor for "Tomato Republic", click: http://pandrproductions.com/tomato-republic/  . Gowin believes this is wonderful for the town, and said, "You know we have started something here, and we started something for every small town everywhere".