Tower

Schedule

Sunday, Nov. 13 at 6:00pm

Fifty years ago, the nation’s innocence about gun violence was lost. 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. Combining archival footage with rotoscopic animation in a dynamic, never-before-seen way, “Tower” reveals the stories of the witnesses, heroes, and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others. The film explores this untold history through the first-person stories of seven specific characters: two students who were shot that day, the two police officers who ended the siege, two civilians who inserted themselves into the story to provide aid to victims and police, and the radio reporter who broadcast live from the scene and brought the terrifying events in Austin to listeners around the nation. Variety lauds the film as “a formally and thematically ambitious documentary” that “powerfully channels the terror and confusion of that terrible August day while also achieving the weight and authority that can only come with time and distance.”

2016
94 min.

Directed by

Keith Maitland

Country

U.S.

Film Category

Animation Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight

Subject

Guns

Film Website

Official Website