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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. TOWER won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival.


93 min, TX

Director: Keith Maitland

Producers: Megan Gilbride, Susan Thomson

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Saturday, June 11

5:30pm CDT

Sunday, June 12

6:00pm CDT