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
Winner, Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the SXSW Film Festival
New York Times Critics’ Pick – “Ingenious. The animation gives Mr. Maitland a lot of creative freedom, allowing him to take Expressionistic leaps.” -Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“Boldly imaginative …’TOWER’ plays like a historical Hitchcock
film about ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances. [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