NACOGDOCHES – The Tomato Republic is coming to Nacogdoches for a special screening during the Texas Forest Trail 2015 Summit on April 28, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Cole Art Center.

For two days, East Texas tourism professionals will converge on the oldest town in Texas where they will be treated to a special screening of the documentary featurette. The screening is also free to the public.

Tomato Republic, winner of the 2014 Special Judges Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival, gives viewers an inside look at life and politics in the rural East Texas town of Jacksonville.

The film, made by East Texans, is unscripted and shows the passion of small town politics combined with a love for community. Tomato Republic is an endearing and delightful Texas tale.

A flamboyant restaurateur, a good ol’ boy and a political ingénue, walk into a small town political contest and compete head to head … to head, for a non-paid mayoral seat of the Tomato Republic. It’s a race to the finish with these three diverse candidates as they vie for the normally uncontested mayoral race this year – (this has only happened once before in the ‘70s).  Along the way viewers also meet other local “characters,” that add a certain hometown flair to the film.

A Question & Answer Session with filmmaker Anthony Jackson and actor Rob Gowin will take place after the screening.

For more information about the Tomato Republic visit


For more information about the Texas Forest Trail 2015 Summit visit  Executive Director Marty Prince can be reached for questions regarding the summit at (936) 560-3699 or via email at


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