Indie Lens Wins 2 News & Doc Emmy Awards

October 02, 2018

Independent Lens Wins Two 2018 News & Documentary Emmys: TOWER and Forever Pure

Craig Phillips in Awards

The News & Documentary Emmy Awards were presented on Monday, October 1, 2018, in a ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City, an…...

Fallen bicycle after shooting at UT Austin, as animated in the film TOWER

February 14, 2017

10 Great Animated Documentaries

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Keith Maitland’s animated documentary TOWER has left critics and awards-voting bodies alike flummoxed as to how best to categorize it. This is a visionary work, no doubt, that uses voice-actors and…...

1966 Dodge Monaco Dashboard and Radio
Beyond the Films

February 13, 2017

TOWER Playlist: 1966 Music Soundscape

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

Pure and simple, 1966 was considered by many critics as one of the greatest years for popular music ever [see the Guardian’s “Was 1966 pop music greatest’s year?” and the…...


February 13, 2017

Keith Maitland Goes Back to 1966 to Tell Story of Victims and Heroes of Texas Shooting

Craig Phillips in Interviews

Keith Maitland's previous film The Eyes of Me, the moving story of a group of blind teenagers making their way in Austin, aired on Independent Lens and was nominated for an…...

Craig Staggs (right) at work with colorist Nathan Bayless at Minnow Mountain, hard at work on TOWER animation
Behind the Films

February 10, 2017

Paying Homage to UT Tower Mass Shooting Victims with Life Affirming Animation

Craig Phillips in Behind the Films

Craig Staggs is the lead animator for the little animation studio that could, Minnow Mountain, based in Austin, Texas, also the home base of filmmaker Keith Maitland. Staggs' company did…...

Young reporter Neal Spelce on the scene at UT Austin shooting, 1966, from the film Tower

March 16, 2016

Independent Lens Film “Tower” Wins 2016 SXSW Grand Jury Prize

Craig Phillips in Awards

Austin was an extremely appropriate place to premiere the film Tower, which revisits the 1966 sniper shootings at the University of Texas at Austin, considered the first mass shooting on a…...