On Aug. 1, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included 16 dead, three dozen wounded, and a shaken nation left trying to understand what had happened. Archival footage is combined with rotoscopic animation in a dynamic, never-before-seen way to illustrate the action-packed untold stories of the witnesses, heroes and survivors.
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.
“Ingenious. The animation gives Mr. Maitland a lot of creative freedom, allowing him to take Expressionistic leaps.” -Manohla Dargis, New York Times
“A piece about adrenaline, bravery, grief and memory that stands as one of the year’s crowning achievements in emotional, illuminative storytelling.” -Robert Abele, The Wrap
“Boldly imaginative … ‘Tower’ plays like a historical Hitchcock film about ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances.” -Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“Words can’t do justice to the singular power of Keith Maitland’s documentary Tower, a you-are-there reconstruction of the harrowing 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas at Austin…You might not see a more emotionally shattering film this year.” -Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice
“Revolutionary documentary on the 1966 UT Tower shootings.” -Austin Chronicle
Wednesday, November 30: 3:00
$11 General Admission / $8.50 Students & Seniors / $7.50 Members. Tickets available at box office or online:
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