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FILM OPENS: November 04, 2016

  1. Official Website
  2. Trailer

August 1st 1966 was the day our innocence was shattered. A sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the iconic University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes in what was a previously unimaginable event.

TOWER combines archival footage with rotoscopic animation of the dramatic day, based entirely on first person testimonies from witnesses, heroes and survivors, in a seamless and suspenseful retelling of the unfolding tragedy. The film highlights the fear, confusion, and visceral realities that changed the lives of those present, and the rest of us, forever - a day when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

  • Director: Keith Maitland
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Animation | Crime | Documentary
  • Year: 2016
  • Run Time: 01:36:00
  • imdb Score: 8.0/10 (204 votes)
  • Language: English
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Violett Beane, Louie Arnette, Blair Jackson
"I love when non-fiction filmmakers stretch the form and attempt, with as much honesty as they can muster, to put us in the middle of the events they describe. They give us stunning hybrids like "Waltz With Bashir," "Persepolis," and, now, TOWER."
David Edelstein - NEW YORK MAGAZINE (VULTURE)

"Through the recollections of witnesses and victims, the film simultaneously builds a present-tense narrative while portraying the terrifying resilience of memory and trauma."
Bilge Ebiri - VILLAGE VOICE

"Using a limited frame, Mr. Maitland does his own commemorating, inherently raising questions about terror, the nature of heroism and what it means to really survive. He also does something even more necessary: He turns names on a plaque into people."
Manohla Dargis - THE NEW YORK TIMES

AWARDS

Montclair Film Festival 2016
Special Jury Prize - Documentary Feature

SXSW Film Festival 2016
SXSW Grand Jury Award and Audience Award - Documentary Feature

RiverRun Int'l Film Festival 2016
Audience Choice Award - Best Documentary Feature

Dallas Int'l Film Festival 2016
Grand Jury Prize - Documentary

dead CENTER Film Festival 2016
Best Documentary

FESTIVALS

Hot Docs Int'l Documentary Film Festival 2016

Seattle Int'l Film Festival 2016

Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival 2016

Jerusalem Film Festival 2016

New Zealand Int'l Film Festival 2016

Fantasia Int'l Film Festival 2016

IFI Documentary Festival 2016

Hamptons Int'l Film Festival 2016

London Film Festival 2016

American Film Festival 2016

and more ...