Tue, 12/20/2016 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30. No admittance after 7:30.

Keith Maitland | 82 min, USA, 2016

    "A piece about adrenaline, bravery, grief and memory that stands as one of the year's crowning achievements in emotional, illuminative storytelling."

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.

Tower was recently selected by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences as one of 15 shortlisted feature documentaries.

Post-Screening Q&A

Keith Maitland (Director/Producer/Editor) is the Emmy-nominated Director of The Eyes of Me, a year-in-the-life of four blind teens, which broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens and received a Barbara Jordan Media Award. Director of documentary features, commercials, and TV series, his credits also include 7-seasons with NBC’s Law & Order as an AD. Keith is currently developing narrative and documentary projects, and leading filmmaking workshops for incarcerated teens. He is a graduate of The University of Texas.

Matthew O'Neill (Moderator) is an Emmy Award winning and Academy Award nominated director who has been working with DCTV making documentaries for the last fifteen years, including Redemption, Baghdad ER, and China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province.


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Space is limited. Admission not guaranteed, all RSVP's are first-come, first-served. Doors open at 6:30pm. No admittance after 7:30pm.


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This event is a part of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that highlights innovative and provocative work from the independent filmmaking community.

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