USA, 2016, 82 min.


Keith Maitland


Keith Maitland,
Megan Gilbride,
Susan Thomson


Keith Maitland

Rights Holder

The Film Collaborative



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.

2016 dead CENTER FF (USA) – Best Documentary
Montclair FF (USA) – Special Jury Prize
RiverRun IFF (USA) – Audience Choice Award
SXSW FF (USA) – Audience Award, Grand Jury Award, Louis Black “Lone Star” Award
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Keith Maitland

Documentary filmmaker and producer. A graduate of the University of Texas, he completed also the Director’s Guild of America Trainee Program and the PBS Producer’s Academy. He worked in advertising, directed feature-length documentary films and TV series. In 2009, he made THE EYES OF ME – an Emmy-nominated documentary film. He is currently developing narrative and documentary projects, and leading filmmaking workshops for incarcerated teens.

Selected filmography

2016 Tower

2009 The Eyes Of Me