Directed by Keith Maitland
Produced by Megan Gilbride , Susan Thomson, Luke Wilson (Executive Producer ) , Pamela Colloff (Executive Producer ) , Amy Rapp (Executive Producer ) and Meredith Vieira (Executive Producer )
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.
New York Times Critics' Pick "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
"Tower is explanatory journalism and history, but also personally expressive, and the two impulses never cancel each other out." -Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com
"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
"A tense, reflective and uniquely cinematic reconstruction of the 1966 sniper shootings that rocked a Texas university campus." -Variety
"A gripping combination of oral history and stylized reenactment." -The Hollywood Reporter
"Tower is a fascinating blend of suspense and journalistic inquiry." -Indiewire
"Revolutionary documentary on the 1966 UT Tower shootings." -Austin Chronicle
"[A] true-crime thriller that’s enriched by a rare depth of inner experience. The effect is as much intellectual as emotional..." -Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"This is a Must-Own documentary."
Firmly Recommended to established fans and newcomers alike.
"Very strongly recommended!"
"Highly recommended. ...The Kino Lorber Blu-ray of Tower is an excellent encoding of this show, that has made a vociferous fan of most everyone who has seen it."
Winner, Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature, SXSW 2016
Winner, Audience Award, RiverRun International Film Festival 2016
Official Selection, Hot Docs 2016
Official Selection, AFI Docs 2016
Interested in bringing Tower to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.
Tower may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.
|Doc Films at the University of Chicago||Chicago||IL||1487998800February 25 - February 26, 2017|
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|Wisconsin Union Directorate||Madison||WI||1487307600February 17 - February 18, 2017|
|Cornell Cinema||Ithaca||NY||1486357200February 6, 2017|
|Hippodrome Theatre||Gainesville||FL||1485493200January 27 - February 2, 2017|
|Brattle Theatre||Cambridge||MA||1484888400January 20 - January 26, 2017|
|Douglass Theatre||Macon||GA||1484629200January 17, 2017|
|Utah Film Center||Salt Lake City||UT||1484629200January 17, 2017|
|Wexner Center for the Arts||Columbus||OH||1484283600January 13 - January 14, 2017|
|Cleveland Cinematheque||Cleveland||OH||1483765200January 7 - January 8, 2017|
|New Parkway Theater||Oakland||CA||1483074000December 30, 2016 - January 5, 2017|
|Jacob Burns Film Center||Pleasantville||NY||1481518800December 12, 2016|
|Pittsburgh Filmmakers - Harris Theater||Pittsburgh||PA||1481259600December 9 - December 15, 2016|
|Museum of Fine Arts, Houston||Houston||TX||1481173200December 8 - December 11, 2016|
|The Loft Cinema||Tucson||AZ||1480914000December 5, 2016|
|Landmark Mayan Theatre||Denver||CO||1480654800December 2 - December 8, 2016|
|Rome Capitol Theater||Rome||NY||1480654800December 2 - December 8, 2016|
|Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth||Fort Worth||TX||1480654800December 2 - December 4, 2016|
|Media Arts Center San Diego / Digital Gym||San Diego||CA||1480050000November 25 - December 1, 2016|
|Grand Cinema Tacoma||Tacoma||WA||1479790800November 22, 2016|
|Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers||Yonkers||NY||1479704400November 21, 2016|
|Circle Cinema||Tulsa||OK||1479445200November 18 - November 24, 2016|
|Cinema St. Louis/St. Louis International Film Festival||St. Louis||MO||1479013200November 13, 2016|
|Landmark Midtown Art Cinema||Atlanta||GA||1478840400November 11 - November 17, 2016|
|Aperture Cinema||Winston Salem||NC||1478840400November 11 - November 17, 2016|
|Capitol Theater Cleveland||Cleveland||OH||1478840400November 11 - November 17, 2016|
|Capitol Theater Cleveland||Cleveland||OH||1478840400November 11 - November 17, 2016|
|Landmark Ritz at the Bourse||Philadelphia||PA||1478840400November 11 - November 17, 2016|
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|Cucalorus Film Festival||Wilmington||NC||1478754000November 10 - November 13, 2016|
|Landmark Shattuck Cinemas||Berkeley||CA||1478232000November 4 - November 10, 2016|
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|Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra||Katy||TX||1478232000November 4 - November 10, 2016|
|Virginia Film Festival||Charlottesville||VA||1478145600November 3 - November 6, 2016|
|Santa Barbara International Film Festival / Riviera Theatre||Santa Barbara||CA||1477800000October 30 - November 2, 2016|
|Violet Crown - Santa Fe||Santa Fe||NM||1477627200October 28 - November 3, 2016|
|Alamo Drafthouse, Cedars||Dallas||TX||1477627200October 28 - November 3, 2016|
|Alamo Drafthouse Park North||San Antonio||TX||1477627200October 28 - November 3, 2016|
|Northwest Film Forum||Seattle||WA||1477627200October 28 - November 6, 2016|
|Pickford Film Center||Bellingham||WA||1477281600October 24 - October 29, 2016|
|Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar||Austin||TX||1477022400October 21 - November 10, 2016|
|Violet Crown Cinema||Austin||TX||1477022400October 21 - November 3, 2016|
|Laemmle Royal Theatre||Los Angeles||CA||1476417600October 14 - October 20, 2016|
|Laemmle Playhouse 7||Pasadena||CA||1476417600October 14 - October 20, 2016|
|Tallgrass Film Festival||Wichita||KS||1476244800October 12 - October 16, 2016|
|Film Forum||New York||NY||1476244800October 12 - October 25, 2016|
|Buffalo International Film Festival||Buffalo||NY||1475899200October 8, 2016|
|Mill Valley Film Festival||Mill Valley||CA||1475726400October 6 - October 16, 2016|
|Hamptons International Film Festival||East Hampton||NY||1475726400October 6 - October 10, 2016|
|GlobeDocs||Boston||MA||1475035200September 28, 2016|
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