The winner of the Texas Competition receives a Grand Jury Prize of a camera package rental worth $30,000 from Panavision.
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. Let the takeover begin!
-- Claire Cooper
Anthony Jackson grew up in a small East Texas town but now resides in Austin. He began working in media production after working for a major technology company. He has worked in various aspects of the production cycle, including shooting, lighting, editing, directing and producing. Along with other members of P+R Productions, he won Best Film at the 28 Hour Film Fest Austin in 2011 and 2012.
Jenna Jackson grew up in Jacksonville, Texas and studied at Sam Houston State University where she met her mentor and friend, Dan Rather. After graduating she moved to New York to work for CBS News/48 Hours, where she worked for 15 years. She won an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a News Magazine” in 2012 for her work as producer on CBS News’ “48 Hours” broadcast entitled “Grave Injustice.” She is founder and president of P+R Productions.