What People Are Saying

January 22, 2017

LA Weekly: Keith Maitland Gets Animated Discussing His Powerful Documentary Tower

The film takes a somewhat surprising and stylized approach to re-creating the shooting: Maitland hired younger actors to re-enact both the events of the day and […]
January 21, 2017

Chicago Sun-Times: Gripping Documentary draws from a horrific shooting

Today’s college-American has never known a time when campus and school shootings haven’t been a tragically consistent element in the fabric of society. It wasn’t always […]
January 21, 2017

SF Chronicle: Terrific ‘Tower’ examines 1966 Texas shootings with animation

Keith Maitland’s powerful and emotional documentary “Tower” — easily one of the best films of the year — takes a novel approach for a nonfiction film:aAnimation. […]
January 21, 2017

Dallas Morning News: Remarkable ‘Tower’ returns us to a fatal day in Austin history

The remarkable new documentary Tower takes us back to a time before school shootings were a national epidemic, a time when America’s innocence could be blown […]
January 21, 2017

Seattle Times: ‘Tower’: a surreal, you-are-there look at 1966 mass shooting

The interweaving of animation and non-animated footage gives the picture a kind of surreal quality that befits the sense of the survivors of how unreal the […]
January 21, 2017

The Globe and Mail: Tower Doc creatively, effectively tells the story of a grim tragedy

Animation seems an odd means of addressing such a grim tragedy, but it gives Maitland the creative freedom to effectively tell a suspenseful, harrowing and moving […]
January 21, 2017

LA Times: Experimental doc ‘Tower’ revisits 50-year-old campus shooting

Maitland peppers his movie with archival news footage and audio from the day, along with more modern interviews. He supplements these with animated reenactments, letting actors […]
January 21, 2017

NY Times: ‘Tower,’ About 1966, Before Mass Shootings Became Routine

The haunting documentary “Tower” revisits a 1966 mass shooting at the University of Texas at Austin that shocked the country. It may be difficult to comprehend […]
January 21, 2017

Deadline: Tower Survivors Embrace Animation Approach, Director Keith Maitland Says – TCA

When you make the decision to call somebody out of the blue and say you want to talk to them about the worst thing that has […]