“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.”
Thanks to my amazing friend Chandler I was able to attend a screening of this film during SXSW. As an Austinite and Longhorn, I am very thankful to the filmmakers of this documentary for what they created. It was moving, complex, and visually stunning. After it finished, I kept wondering how it’s taken so long to tell this story. It explores the fear, survivor’s guilt, and the politics around such a tragedy.
This films uses a mix of archival footage and animation that tells a very compelling story. It’s creatively bold, and powerfully shares the experiences of the witnesses, heroes, survivors, and victims of America’s first mass school shooting.