Michael Rowley is an emerging documentary filmmaker from Dallas Texas who aims to document underrepresented stories in an effort to bring awareness, equity and justice to an interconnected and global society. Rowley’s documentary feature directorial debut, Hurdle, enjoyed its World Premiere in 2019 and has gone on to garner awards and critical acclaim on the international festival circuit by engaging and inspiring audiences around the world.

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. Rowley’s documentary feature directorial debut, Hurdle, is a two-time recipient of Austin Film Society’s North Texas Pioneer Film Grant and a winner of the American Documentary Film Festival Pitch Competition. Hurdle enjoyed its World Premiere in 2019 and has gone on to garner awards and critical acclaim on the international festival circuit by engaging and inspiring audiences around the world.

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.