Waking Up To Walls and Death in the Palestinian Territories, by Michael Rowley, May 14, 2018
Meet Michael Rowley of Hurdle in Oak Cliff, by Michael Rowley, May 9, 2018
MORE ABOUT HURDLE
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, a group of resilient Palestinian youth cope with the realities of living in an environment surrounded by walls. Through the acrobatic sport of parkour, they use their creativity to overcome obstacles — both literal and figurative.
Hurdle depicts the deeply personal stories of two young men who live on opposite sides of the wall as they strive for freedom against harrowing odds. From gunshot wounds and arrests, to brotherhood and faith, the film humanizes the unpredictable hardships experienced by many Palestinians. The metaphorical resonance of parkour in a world of walls conveys an old story through a new lens — one where obstacles are not seen as limitations, but as opportunities for self-determined freedom.
Hurdle is currently in post-production with an expected completion in the Fall of 2018.
Michael Rowley - Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor || Dallas, TX
Michael Rowley is an emerging documentary filmmaker who has worked in the commercial film
industry for nearly a decade. Founding the film production company Fold Studios in 2012,
Rowley has demonstrated the ability to apply his technical skill and honest approach to
transform challenging subject matter into impactful narratives. The result has been partnerships
with NGO’s focused on conflict resolution, Grammy-Nominated artists and human rights
organizations with international impact. Hurdle will be his documentary feature directorial
debut. Rowley co-founded Theo Media, LLC in 2016 and currently resides in Dallas, Texas.
Remoy Philip - Producer || Brooklyn, NY
Remoy Philip is a New York City based editorial journalist and creative producer. His work has
taken him around the globe telling stories of underserved and marginalized people groups,
resulting in humanization and audience activism. Philip co-founded Theo Media, LLC in 2016.
Andrew Brown – Producer || Dallas, TX
Andrew Brown is a Dallas-based marketing and business professional with a decade of
experience in fundraising, international development and startups where he has overseen
projects with annual budgets exceeding $5M. He is the winner of 7 Telly awards for his work as
a director and producer. His most recent venture is a water drilling social enterprise based in
Kenya that has provided clean water for more than 200,000 people. Brown’s educational
background is in broadcasting/digital media and he holds a masters degree in business.