Film Screening: "Tower"
Nov 01, 2016
from 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM
|Where||Flex Theater, HUB-Robeson Center|
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TOWER documentary, TOWER SNIPER author coming to Penn State Events are part
of “Talking Together About Guns” series
“TOWER,” an innovative documentary about the 1966 University of Texas Tower
shootings, will screen at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 and 2 in the FLEX Theatre at the
HUB-Robeson Center -- less than three weeks after the film opens nationally
in theaters. A panel discussion, including audience questions, will follow
the Nov. 1 screening.
While the film documents the shootings, it dwells on the aftermath for the
victims and for a shaken nation left trying to understand. Combining
archival footage with rotoscopic animation, “TOWER” reveals the untold
stories of the witnesses, heroes, and survivors of America’s first mass
school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many
others. “Variety” has called “TOWER” “a uniquely cinematic memorial.”
Before the Nov. 1 screening, clinical psychologist Roger Friedman of the
University of Maryland School of Social Work will speak at Webster’s
Bookstore and Café about his recent co-authored book, “Tower Sniper: The
Terror of America's First Active Shooter on Campus.” Friedman’s work focuses
on how individuals and communities can successfully cope with trauma. Two
months after Friedman graduated from high school in Austin, his closest
childhood friend, Paul Sonntag, was shot and killed by the Tower sniper.
Screening of “TOWER” and Friedman’s appearance at Webster’s are part of a
series of events, “Talking Together About Guns,” endeavoring to prompt
productive communication about gun violence and its differing effects on
individuals and communities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the
nation, and the globe.