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Tower -- Tower combines archival footage with rotoscopic animation, based entirely on first person testimonies from witnesses, heroes and survivors, in a seamless and suspenseful retelling of the unfolding tragedy of Aug. 1, 1966, when 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.
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Animation, testimony, and archival footage combine to relate the events of August 1, 1966 when a gunman opened fire from the University of Texas clock tower, killing 16 people. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
18 wins & 23 nominations See more »
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Completely immersive and an amazing achievement See more (15 total) »


  (in credits order)

Violett Beane ... Claire Wilson
Louie Arnette ... Ramiro Martinez

Blair Jackson ... Houston McCoy
Monty Muir ... Neal Spelce

Chris Doubek ... Allen Crum

Reece Everett Ryan ... Alfred(Alfie) McAlister

Josephine McAdam ... Rita Starpattern
Aldo Ordoñez ... Aleck Hernandez Jr.
Vicky Illk ... Brenda Bell
John Fitch ... Billy Speed

Karen Davidson ... Margaret C. Berry
Jeremy Brown ... Jerry Day
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Séamus Bolivar-Ochoa ... John Fox
Cole Bresnehen ... James Love
Timothy Lucas ... Kent Kirkley
Cole Bee Wilson ... Tom Eckman
Lee Zamora ... Anthony Martinez

Directed by
Keith Maitland 
Produced by
Adrienne Becker .... executive producer
Louis Black .... executive producer
Sandy K. Boone .... executive producer
Michael Cain .... associate producer
Pamela Colloff .... executive producer
Steve Eckelman .... executive producer
Sally Jo Fifer .... executive producer
Megan Gilbride .... producer
Rachel Gould .... executive producer
Keith Maitland .... producer
Melina McKinnon .... associate producer
Duane McLaughlin .... consulting producer
Booka Michel .... executive producer
Mary Beth Minnis .... associate producer
Mary Beth Minnis .... executive producer
Minnow Mountain .... co-producer
Matt Nordgren .... associate producer
Hillary Pierce .... coordinating producer
Amy Rapp .... executive producer
Amy Shatsky-Gambrill .... supervising producer
Courtney Spence .... consulting producer
Paul Stekler .... consulting producer
Tim Taliaferro .... associate producer
Susan P. Thomson .... producer (as Susan Thomson)
Susan P. Thomson .... producer
Meredith Vieira .... executive producer
Lois Vossen .... executive producer
Luke Wilson .... executive producer
Sarah Wilson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Osei Essed (original music by)
Cinematography by
Keith Maitland (director of photography)
Sarah Wilson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Austin Reedy 
Casting by
Vicky Boone 
Art Direction by
Keith Maitland 
Art Department
Monty Muir .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Glenn Eanes .... foley mixer
Susan Fitz-Simon .... foley artist
Susan Fitz-Simon .... foley editor
Miles Foster-Greenwood .... dialogue editor
Lyman Hardy .... re-recording mixer
Lyman Hardy .... sound designer
Lyman Hardy .... supervising sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Austin Reedy .... visual effects editor
Erica Robert Pallo .... stunts
Todd Savage .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew Miller .... camera operator
Ben Powell .... camera operator
Chance St. George .... camera operator
Animation Department
Nathan Bayless .... assistant colorist
Paul Beck .... animator
Marcel Bialik .... assistant animator
Logan Ganshirt .... animator
Fernando Guardiola .... animator
Zach Hall .... animator
Dean Hsieh .... animator
Chimi Paek .... assistant animator
Owen Parker .... animator
John Paul .... animator
Rafael Ruiz .... 3d animation supervisor
Aaron Sacco .... animator
Craig Matthew Staggs .... animation director
Steph Swope .... animation producer
Chrystal Webb .... assistant animator
Lauren Willoughby .... animation intern
Matthew Young .... 3d animator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline Karlen .... wardrobe
Hillary Pierce .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Parke Gregg .... colorist
Parke Gregg .... digital intermediate editor
Chance St. George .... assistant editor
Allison Turrell .... post producer
Music Department
Mirna Maddox .... music supervisor
Other crew
Jason Archer .... creative consultant
Margaret C. Berry .... advisor
Annie Bush .... producer of distribution and marketing
Adam Butler .... advisor
Rachel Dendy .... production assistant
Letty Evans .... production assistant
Margaret Heidrick .... crowdfunding and social media
Adam Kersh .... publicist
Sarah Kuck .... development coordinator
Tim McClure .... advisor
Hillary Pierce .... transmedia producer
Catherine Robb .... advisor
Andy Sarjahani .... transmedia project manager
Todd Savage .... outreach coordinator
Anne Stodghill .... advisor
Steve Stodghill .... advisor
Brooke Storry .... Assistant to Keith Maitland
Larry Waks .... advisor
Gary Walker .... title design
Sarah Wilson .... still photographs

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In a Q&A, director Keith Maitland revealed that he filmed locations at the University of Texas with an iPhone in order to obtain the footage animators used for the rotoscoped backgrounds, while most of the actors featured in the re-enactments were filmed in his backyard in front of a greenscreen.See more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Completely immersive and an amazing achievement, 19 December 2016
Author: Red_Identity from United States

This film is really an extraordinary achievement, in both the animation genre and the documentary genre. This could have been just like many other documentaries where talking heads are intercut with archival footage. By using animation, the film is able to create re- enactments that play around with memory and affective experience in a way that wouldn't be able to be done without animation. It's able to be a clear documentary while still telling a cohesive, linear narrative with many main characters and different perspectives at its core. This deserves to be seen and widely acclaimed, its achievement in not just how much of an emotional impact it has but also in various aspects of filmmaking are enough to recommend this to fans of quality cinema.

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