2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20


Sunday, March 13
11:00AM - 12:36PM

Stateside Theatre
719 Congress Ave

Hashtags: #sxsw #towerfilm

On August 1st, 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 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 best in so many others.

Section: Documentary Feature Competition
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: USA
Language: English
Year: 2016
Runtime: 96min

Director: Keith Maitland

Executive Producer: Luke Wilson, Meredith Vieira, Steve Eckelman, Amy Rapp, Pamela Colloff

Producer: Megan Gilbride, Susan Thomson

Cinematographer: Keith Maitland, Sarah Wilson

Editor: Austin Reedy

Music: Osei Essed

Additional Credits: Coordinating Producer: Hillary Pierce, Animation Director: Craig Staggs, Animation Producer: Steph Swope, Associate Producer: Tim Taliaferro, Mary Beth Minnis, Michael Cain, Melina McKinnon

Principal Cast: Claire Wilson James, Violett Beane, Allen Crum, Chris Doubek, Houston McCoy, Blair Jackson, Ramiro Martinez, Louie Arnette, Artly Snuff, Seamus Bolivar Ochoa


Keith Maitland is the Director and Producer of feature documentaries TOWER and A SONG FOR YOU: THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS STORY, both premiering in 2016. His last feature documentary, the ITVS-funded, Emmy-nominated, THE EYES OF ME, a year-in-the-life of four blind teens, premiered at SXSW in 2009 and broadcast on PBS's Independent Lens.

Sales Agent: John Sloss

Public Film Contact
Keith Maitland
(646) 325-8398

Publicity Contact
Nathaniel Baruch



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