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Eddie and Frank Thomas

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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 first, self-penned CD entitled Maggie’s House, Eddie and Frank turn the microphone toward their own historical story of growing up baby boomers in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.


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
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.