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Growing up in the small, northeast Mississippi town of Iuka, brothers Eddie and Frank Thomas have spent half their lives, over 30 years, working together as Thomasfilms. New York City and Los Angeles were part of their early professional experience, but the bulk of their careers has been in Iuka focusing on film, video and audio productions that tell Mississippi stories.

Their film, Zeb and Sal, won a Gold Award at The 1993 Worldfest/Houston International Film Festival.

Natchez Trace: A Road Through the Wilderness, an award-winning, six-cassette, self-guided driving tour of the Natchez Trace Parkway, and Angels on the Backroads, a 4CD box set following the musical roots of Highway 61 from Memphis down to New Orleans, highlight the historical significance of Mississippi’s two most famous roads. Angels on the Backroads was featured as a 17-minute broadcast on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday with Liane Hansen.

From 2004 through 2006, the Thomas brothers took their Angels on the Backroads multimedia stage show on three tours of the United Kingdom while presenting another 50 concerts to over 25,000 Mississippi high school and college students.

 

In 2010, Thomasfilms, Inc. received two Telly Awards for the music video, Pennyland.

 

In their latest, three CDs, Maggie’s House, Chasing Butterflies and Pennyland,  Eddie and Frank turn the microphone toward their own historical story of growing up baby boomers in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. These three CDs resulted in a 4th tour to the UK in 2012.

2014 brings a new venture, November Cafe.  A little music...a little theater.  A place filled with Remagination.  That's right, Remagination.  Somewhere between remembering and imagining.

 

 WHO ARE THESE GUYS?

After Frank graduated from Louisiana State University and Eddie from Mississippi State University and The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, the brothers formed a partnership, Thomasfilms.

 

Prior to incorporation in 1994, Thomasfilms produced the films:

  • America’s Spirit - Hyde School, Bath, Maine

  • Burke Mountain - Burke Mountain Ski Resort, East Burke, Vermont

 

Eddie and Frank circa 1956

  • Chase It - Chase Golf and Tennis Camp, Bethlehem, New Hampshire

  • Film Parade - WTBS Superstation, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Zeb and Sal

  • The Changing Face of Mississippi (documentary)


In 1994, Thomasfilms, Inc. expanded into audio production with Natchez Trace: A Road Through the Wilderness.  It received:

     Benjamin Franklin Award - Publishers Marketing Association

     Award of Merit - Mississippi Heritage Trust/Mississippi Historical Society

     Certificate of Commendation - American Asso. for State and Local History

A radio program entitled Natchez Trace: A Road Through the Wilderness, produced by Thomasfilms, Inc. and narrated by Frank, was broadcast bi-weekly in 1996 and 1997 over Public Radio in Mississippi.

In 1995 the brothers conceived Angels on the Backroads.  Their on location recording of the 65 songs spanned three years, 1998 to 2001, and they released the Angels on the Backroads 4CD box set in 2003.  The Multimedia stage show by the same name toured in the Mississippi Delta and the United Kingdom from 2004 until 2007. 

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ANGELS ON THE BACKROADS CONCERTS

Jun 15, 2007 University of Mississippi Geographic Alliance Oxford, MS

Jun 4, 2007 Delta State University Workshop Crow's Neck, MS

May 3, 2007 Mid Delta Arts Center Indianola, MS

Apr 26, 2007 Tippah Co. Development Foundation Ripley, MS

Apr 12, 2007 Cafe Memories Iuka, MS

Dec 5, 2006 Delta State University Bologna Performing Arts Center Recital Hall Cleveland, MS

Nov 13, 2006 Hernando High School Hernando, MS

Nov 8, 2006 Olive Branch High School Olive Branch, MS

Nov 7, 2006 Tupelo High School Tupelo, MS

Nov 6, 2006 Columbus High School Columbus, MS

Oct 31, 2006 Greenwood High School Greenwood, MS

Oct 26, 2006 Iuka Middle School Iuka, MS

Oct 18, 2006 Grenada High Performing Arts Grenada, MS

Oct 17, 2006 West Tallahatchie High School Webb, MS

Oct 11, 2006 Muscle Shoals High School Muscle Shoals, AL

Oct 7, 2006 Banbury Blues Festival Banbury, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Oct 6, 2006 Crawley Blues Club Crawley, Sussex, United Kingdom

Oct 5, 2006 The University of Glasgow Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

Oct 3, 2006 The Byre Theatre St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom

Sep 30, 2006 Painswick Blues Painswick, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Sep 29, 2006 Ripley Blues Club Ripley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Sep 28, 2006 The Deep Blues Club York, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Sep 23, 2006 Barrelhouse Blues Club Sturminster Newton, Dorset, United Kingdom

Sep 22, 2006 The Met Arts Centre Bury, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Sep 21, 2006 The Fleece Inn Evesham, Worchestershire, United Kingdom

Sep 20, 2006 The Ralegh Cross Inn Watchet, Somerset, United Kingdom

Sep 19, 2006 The Wyndham Arms Kingsbury Episcopi, Somerset, United Kingdom

Sep 18, 2006 The Courtyard East Lulworth, Dorset, United Kingdom

Sep 16, 2006 Southport Arts Centre Southport, Merseyside, United Kingdom

Sep 15, 2006 The Tolbooth Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

Sep 14, 2006 Fletcher Christian Cockermouth, Cumbria, United Kingdom

Sep 9, 2006 Windsor Arts Centre Windsor, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Sep 8, 2006 Worthenbury Village Hall Worthenbury, Wrexham, United Kingdom

Sep 7, 2006 Cragrats Mill Theatre Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Sep 4, 2006 The George Hotel Lower Brailes, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Sep 2, 2006 Woolacombe Village Hall Woolacombe, Devon, United Kingdom

Sep 1, 2006 Pilton Church Hall Barnstaple, Devon, United Kingdom

Jun 12, 2006 Delta State University Workshop Crow's Neck, MS

Apr 24, 2006 Blue Mountain College Ripley, MS

Apr 5, 2006 Jackson Academy Jackson, MS

Mar 24, 2006 Bramlett School Oxford, MS

Mar 20, 2006 Faulkner High School Faulkner, MS

Mar 14, 2006 Caledonia High School Caledonia, MS

Mar 9, 2006 Alcorn Central High School Corinth, MS

Mar 3, 2006 Walnut High School Walnut, MS

Feb 28, 2006 Thrasher High School Thrasher, MS

Feb 16, 2006 Oxford High School Oxford, MS

Nov 18, 2005 Myrtle High School Myrtle, MS

Nov 17, 2005 Ingomar High School Ingomar, MS

Nov 16, 2005 Washington School Greenville, MS

Nov 9, 2005 The Musician Leicester, United Kingdom

Nov 8, 2005 The Hawth Theatre Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom

Nov 6, 2005 The Boardwalk Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Nov 4, 2005 Cragrats Mill Theatre Holmfirth, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Nov 3, 2005 Alexander's Jazz Theatre Chester, United Kingdom

Oct 30, 2005 The Crown Hotel Nantwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom

Oct 28, 2005 Drum Bar Grimsby, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

Oct 25, 2005 The Black Horse Nettleham, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

Oct 21, 2005 The Bear Hotel Devizes, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

Oct 18, 2005 Oranges Ashford, Kent, United Kingdom

Oct 17, 2005 The George Hotel Lower Brailes, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Oct 15, 2005 Dorchester Arts Centre Dorchester, Dorset, United Kingdom

Oct 1, 2005 Coliseum Theater Corinth, MS

Sep 28, 2005 Fairview Middle School Fairview, MS

Sep 21, 2005 Indianola Academy Indianola, MS

Sep 20, 2005 Pillow Academy Greenwood, MS Lee Academy Clarksdale, MS

Sep 14, 2005 Saltillo High School Saltillo, MS

Sep 13, 2005 Booneville High School Booneville, MS

Sep 12, 2005 Baldwyn High School Baldwyn, MS

Aug 5, 2005 DSU Alumni Banquet Coleman Park, MS

Jun 13, 2005 DSU Workshop Crow's Neck, MS

May 21, 2005 Natchez Trace Parkway Opening Natchez, MS

Apr 3, 2005 The Ranelagh Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom

Apr 2, 2005 Painswick Blues Painswick, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Apr 1, 2005 Going Up Country Blues & Roots Worhenbury, Wrexham, Wales, United Kingdom

Mar 31, 2005 Otterton Mill Arts Centre Budleigh Salterton, Devon, United Kingdom

Mar 30, 2005 The Landsdown Arms Lewes, Sussex, United Kingdom

Mar 29, 2005 Queen's Head Iciklesham, Sussex, United Kingdom

Mar 27, 2005 Burnley Blues Festival Burnley, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Mar 25, 2005 Club Room at the Ship Leith-on-Sea, Essex, United Kingdom

Mar 24, 2005 Bank Farm Restaurant Chapel St. Leonards, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

Mar 23, 2005 Tipitina's, Lincoln Imp Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

Mar 19, 2005 W.R.I. Hall Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

Mar 16, 2005 Irvine Folk Club Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

Mar 15, 2005 Leith Folk Club Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Mar 13, 2005 Tandoori Blues Stevenage, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Mar 10, 2005 Bullfrog Blues Club Southsea, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Mar 8, 2005 The Tower Arts Centre Winchester, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Mar 7, 2005 The George Hotel Lower Brailes, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Mar 5, 2005 Banbury Blues Festival Banbury, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Mar 3, 2005 Half Brick Blues Club Worthing, Sussex, United Kingdom

Feb 18, 2005 Bologna Per. Arts. Center DSU Cleveland, MS

Nov 30, 2004 Gentry High School Indianola, MS

Nov 18, 2004 Rosa Fort High School Tunica, MS

Nov 16, 2004 Simmons High School Hollandale, MS

Nov 15, 2004 Anguilla Middle School Anguilla, MS

Nov 11, 2004 NEMJC Booneville, MS

Nov 8, 2004 Ray Brooks High School Benoit, MS

Oct 28, 2004 New Albany High School New Albany, MS

Oct 26, 2004 Rosedale High School Rosedale, MS

Oct 21, 2004 Okolona High School Okolona, MS

Oct 20, 2004 Corinth High Performing Arts Corinth, MS

Oct 18, 2004 FACT Conference Coleman Park, MS

Oct 14, 2004 Humphreys County High Belzoni, MS

Oct 12, 2004 Yazoo City High School Yazoo City, MS

Oct 7, 2004 Shelby High School Shelby, MS

Sep 30, 2004 Ruleville High School Ruleville, MS

Sep 29, 2004 Tishomingo County High School Iuka, MS

Sep 27, 2004 Coahoma County High School Clarksdale, MS

Sep 24, 2004 NEMJC Booneville, MS

Sep 21, 2004 Drew High School Drew, MS

Sep 20, 2004 Eastwood Middle School Cleveland, MS

Sep 16, 2004 Cleveland High School Cleveland, MS

Sep 14, 2004 Delta State University Cleveland, MS

Sep 2, 2004 Prentiss County Dev. Foundation Booneville NEMJC, MS

Aug 6, 2004 DSU Banquet Coleman Park, MS

Apr 19, 2004 Tunica Museum Tunica, MS

Apr 16, 2004 Cafe Memories Iuka, MS

Mar 12, 2004 Cafe Memories Iuka, MS

Feb 17, 2004 Recital Hall Workshop DSU Cleveland, MS

Feb 16, 2004 Delta State University Cleveland, MS

Feb 13, 2004 Cafe Memories Iuka, MS

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