Kino Lorber to Release SXSW Grand Jury Prize Winning Documentary Tower
Kino Lorber announced today that they have acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Keith Maitland’s animated documentary, Tower. The film explores the tragic story of America’s first mass school shooting, where a lone gunman climbed a clock tower at the University of Texas in 1966, shooting 49 people and killing 17.
Executive Produced by Meredith Vieira and Luke Wilson, the film had its world premiere at SXSW 2016, winning the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for best documentary feature. TOWER has won awards at numerous festivals including Dallas International, Montclair, RiverRun, and DeadCenter Film Festival.
Kino Lorber will release Tower theatrically on October 12th at New York’s prestigious Film Forum, to be followed by a national rollout, marking the 50th anniversary of the shooting. The company is also mounting an aggressive awards campaign for the doc, as the issue continues to be as urgently pressing as ever…
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 17 dead, three dozen wounded, and a shaken nation left trying to understand. Director Keith Maitland mixes archival footage with rotoscopic animation to create a dynamic, never-before-seen combination. An action-packed and humanistic film, TOWER reveals the 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.