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
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
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
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
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