TOWER reveals the action-packed untold stories of the witnesses, heroes and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the... Read more


Directed by Keith Maitland

Year: 2016
Running Time: 82
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Language: English
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Violette Beane
Louie Arnette
Blair Jackson

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,

"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 


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Venue City Date
Doc Films at the University of Chicago Chicago 1487998800February 25 - February 26, 2017
Kimball Theatre Williamsburg 1487912400February 24, 2017
Wisconsin Union Directorate Madison 1487307600February 17 - February 18, 2017
Cornell Cinema Ithaca 1486357200February 6, 2017
Hippodrome Theatre Gainesville 1485493200January 27 - February 2, 2017
Brattle Theatre Cambridge 1484888400January 20 - January 26, 2017
Douglass Theatre Macon 1484629200January 17, 2017
Utah Film Center Salt Lake City 1484629200January 17, 2017
Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus 1484283600January 13 - January 14, 2017
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1483765200January 7 - January 8, 2017
New Parkway Theater Oakland 1483074000December 30, 2016 - January 5, 2017
Jacob Burns Film Center Pleasantville 1481518800December 12, 2016
Pittsburgh Filmmakers - Harris Theater Pittsburgh 1481259600December 9 - December 15, 2016
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston 1481173200December 8 - December 11, 2016
The Loft Cinema Tucson 1480914000December 5, 2016
Landmark Mayan Theatre Denver 1480654800December 2 - December 8, 2016
Rome Capitol Theater Rome 1480654800December 2 - December 8, 2016
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Fort Worth 1480654800December 2 - December 4, 2016
Media Arts Center San Diego / Digital Gym San Diego 1480050000November 25 - December 1, 2016
Grand Cinema Tacoma Tacoma 1479790800November 22, 2016
Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers Yonkers 1479704400November 21, 2016
Circle Cinema Tulsa 1479445200November 18 - November 24, 2016
Cinema St. Louis/St. Louis International Film Festival St. Louis 1479013200November 13, 2016
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema Atlanta 1478840400November 11 - November 17, 2016
Aperture Cinema Winston Salem 1478840400November 11 - November 17, 2016
Capitol Theater Cleveland Cleveland 1478840400November 11 - November 17, 2016
Capitol Theater Cleveland Cleveland 1478840400November 11 - November 17, 2016
Landmark Ritz at the Bourse Philadelphia 1478840400November 11 - November 17, 2016
Violet Crown - Charlottesville Charlottesville 1478840400November 11 - November 17, 2016
Sound Unseen Minneapolis 1478754000November 10 - November 13, 2016
Cucalorus Film Festival Wilmington 1478754000November 10 - November 13, 2016
Landmark Shattuck Cinemas Berkeley 1478232000November 4 - November 10, 2016
Alamo Drafthouse New Mission San Francisco 1478232000November 4 - November 10, 2016
The Tree House Cinema Gulf Breeze 1478232000November 4 - November 10, 2016
Flicks Theatre Boise 1478232000November 4 - November 10, 2016
Music Box Theatre Chicago 1478232000November 4 - November 11, 2016
Living Room Theaters Portland 1478232000November 4 - November 10, 2016
Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra Katy 1478232000November 4 - November 10, 2016
Virginia Film Festival Charlottesville 1478145600November 3 - November 6, 2016
Santa Barbara International Film Festival / Riviera Theatre Santa Barbara 1477800000October 30 - November 2, 2016
Violet Crown - Santa Fe Santa Fe 1477627200October 28 - November 3, 2016
Alamo Drafthouse, Cedars Dallas 1477627200October 28 - November 3, 2016
Alamo Drafthouse Park North San Antonio 1477627200October 28 - November 3, 2016
Northwest Film Forum Seattle 1477627200October 28 - November 6, 2016
Pickford Film Center Bellingham 1477281600October 24 - October 29, 2016
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar Austin 1477022400October 21 - November 10, 2016
Violet Crown Cinema Austin 1477022400October 21 - November 3, 2016
Laemmle Royal Theatre Los Angeles 1476417600October 14 - October 20, 2016
Laemmle Playhouse 7 Pasadena 1476417600October 14 - October 20, 2016
Tallgrass Film Festival Wichita 1476244800October 12 - October 16, 2016
Film Forum New York 1476244800October 12 - October 25, 2016
Buffalo International Film Festival Buffalo 1475899200October 8, 2016
Mill Valley Film Festival Mill Valley 1475726400October 6 - October 16, 2016
Hamptons International Film Festival East Hampton 1475726400October 6 - October 10, 2016
GlobeDocs Boston 1475035200September 28, 2016

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