Indie Lens & KLRU present Tower

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February 15, 2017
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Independent Lens, in partnership with KLRU and the Texas Tribune, presents a special screening and panel discussion of Tower, Keith Maitland's feature-length documentary that combines archival footage with rotoscopic animation to reveal the untold stories of the witnesses, heroes, and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting at the University of Texas, 1966.

The film screening will be followed by a live stream panel discussion to explore how film and narrative can facilitate the processing of traumatic events and the development of collective memory. What does it mean for survivors to tell their story told so many years after the fact? Why was public discussion and recognition of this event delayed for so long? How does art matter for the retelling of these events?

Our panel will feature Keith Maitland, the Director of Tower; John "Artly" Fox, a survivor of the UT shooting and film subject of Tower; and Dr. Joan Neuberger, Professor at UT Austin and historian of the UT shooting. This panel will be moderated by Rodney Gibbs, CPO of the Texas Tribune.

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Tower Screening Intro

Welcome to this special screening of TOWER on OVEE.

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In 1966, a gunman rode the elevator to the 27th floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire. TOWER, a documentary mixing animated and live-action, shares the untold story of America's first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

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180 minutes



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    Rodney Gibbs, Chief Product Officer, Texas Tribune


    Rodney Gibbs ensures The Texas Tribune leverages technology wisely and creatively across all aspects of the organization. He has started two digital media companies. The first, Fizz Factor, developed handheld games for Nintendo and Sony platforms. The second, Ricochet Labs, created social-mobile games for news and entertainment brands, including the BBC, Lollapalooza, and The Texas Tribune. Active in the digital media community, Rodney serves on the boards of KUT, Austin's NPR affiliate; the Austin Film Society; and KLRU, Austin's PBS affiliate. He has a bachelor's degree in sociology from Rice University and a MFA from The University of Texas.

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    Keith Maitland, Director of Tower


    Keith Maitland is the director of the ITVS-funded, Emmy-nominated The Eyes of Me, a year-in-the-life of four blind teens. The film was broadcast on PBS's Independent Lens and was honored with a Barbara Jordan Media Award by the State of Texas. Director of documentary features, commercials, and TV series, his credits also include seven seasons with NBC'sLaw & Order as an AD. Keith is a graduate of the Director's Guild of America Trainee Program and the PBS Producer's Academy.

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    Megan Gilbride, Producer of Tower


    Megan Gilbride is an Emmy-winning and Independent Spirit Award-nominated producer of narrative and documentary films. She produced Lovers of Hate, which premiered in the US Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, was distributed by IFC, and nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award. She produced the PBS documentary feature Sunshine and co-produced Heather Courtney's Where Soldiers Come From which won the Nokia Truer Than Fiction award at the Spirit Awards. The story of three National Guardsmen from small-town Michigan who travel to Afghanistan and back, Soldiers aired on PBS's POV, and won the News and Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story - Longform. She is developing Kyle Henry's feature Wild Nights. Megan received an MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas.

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    Joan Neuberger, PhD, Professor of History, UT Austin


    Joan Neuberger has been teaching Russian history and film history at UT Austin since 1990. She is the Editor of the History Department's popular public history websites, Not Even Past and Thinking in Public, and co-host of the history podcast series, 15 Minute History. She has written a wide range of books, including Hooliganism: Crime and Culture in St Petersburg, 1900-1914 (1993), Ivan the Terrible: The Film Companion (2003); Europe and the Making of Modernity, 1815-1914 (2005); and co-edited Imitations of Life: Melodrama in Russia (2001) and Picturing Russia: Explorations in Visual Culture (2008). Her new book,This Thing of Darkness: Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible in Stalin’s Russia, will be available next year.

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    John “Artly” Fox, Film Subject in Tower


    Artly Fox, one of the men who carried Claire Wilson to safety after she was shot by Charles Whitman, is one of the most memorable subjects of the film, Tower. Artly earned his Bachelor and Master degrees of Architecture from the University of Texas. Until 1993, he worked as the factotum for the O'Connor family of south Texas, and from 1993 to 2010 he supported management of a document courier service in Austin, TX.

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    Beatriz Castillo


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