Michael Rowley is a documentary filmmaker who aims to document underrepresented stories in an effort to bring awareness, equity and justice to an interconnected and global society. Rowley’s cinematic approach aims to place the audience in the shoes of his characters, providing intimate windows into hidden narratives, and leading to emotive and effective storytelling. Audiences often describe his films as an “experience.” Rowley’s documentary feature directorial debut, HURDLE (2019) has won three Jury Awards, was featured by publications like the New York Times and Variety, has played over 15 festivals worldwide, and continues to engage and inspire audiences around the world. Rowley is based in Dallas, Texas where he lives with his wife, Meredith, and son, Salem.

Michael Rowley is a documentary filmmaker who aims to document underrepresented stories in an effort to bring awareness, equity and justice to an interconnected and global society. Rowley’s cinematic approach aims to place the audience in the shoes of his characters, providing intimate windows into hidden narratives, and leading to emotive and effective storytelling. Audiences often describe his films as an “experience.” Rowley’s documentary feature directorial debut, HURDLE (2019) has won three Jury Awards, was featured by publications like the New York Times and Variety, has played over 15 festivals worldwide, and continues to engage and inspire audiences around the world. Founding the 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 Grammy-Nominated Artists, U.S. Congressmen and NGO’s with International Impact. Rowley is based in Dallas, Texas where he lives with his wife, Meredith, and son, Salem.

Films by Michael Rowley

Hurdle

Hurdle reveals an intimate story emerging from the actions of Palestinian youth living under military occupation. Sami and Mohammad teach the creative practices of parkour and photography to the youth of their communities as a means to overcome seemingly inescapable obstacles.