‘Tower,’ Doc About First US Mass School Shooting, Picked Up by Kino Lorber

The animated documentary combines archival footage and animation to recount the 1966 massacre at the University of Texas at Austin

Kino Lorber acquired the U.S. distribution rights to “Tower,” an animated documentary about the United States’ first mass school shooting, the company announced Monday.

The documentary premiered worldwide at SXSW in 2016 and won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for best documentary feature.

“Tower” revolves around a mass shooting at the University of Texas at Austin in which a gunman named Charles Whitman scaled a clock tower and shot 49 people, killing 17.

Whitman, a student at the university, held the campus hostage for more than 90 minutes.

The film combines archival footage and animation to tell the historical tragedy of the 1966 massacre.

“Tower” is directed by Keith Maitland and is to be released theatrically on October 12.

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