In advance of the Buffalo International Film Festival, I figured that I would post a few teaser videos that I felt warranted a look-see. The second trailer that I am featuring leading up to the festival is Tower (Keith Maitland). This one caught my eye for two reasons. First was the use of so many different visual and audio techniques to tell the story of the 1966 UT Austin sniper attack that left 16 dead and 32 wounded. The film incorporates archival footage, verbatim style performances, animation and interviews to recount the attack (led by a gunman in a tower who was randomly picking off people).
The second reason I have chosen this trailer is that this type of mass killing spree must have shocked the nation more than anything that we could imagine in this day and age. It was the precursor to so much of the gun violence that we have seen as of late. After watching the film trailer, I read this Wikipedia account of the incident, which I was vaguely familiar with. I could not believe the extent of the damage that the gunman inflicted before being shot by police. This was not only the nation’s first campus shooting, it’s singularly horrific in that the sniper was a marksman who knew exactly what he was doing. The result is/was chilling beyond belief.
Tower | Official Selection | BIFF 2016
Saturday October 8th, 3:30pm – North Park Theatre
USA, 93 minutes, WNY Premiere