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Hurdle is the documentary feature film that tells the story of a new generation of Palestinian living in the shadow of a wall. With defiant creativity, they prove that no matter the height of the obstacle, one can always climb.

What is Hurdle?

Hurdle is a documentary film about resilience, self-determination and creativity in the face of the most harrowing odds. From brotherhood and faith to gunshot wounds and arrests, we were there to document the everyday reality of our characters. The result will be a film with amazing access, stunning visuals and a profound story.

Why is Hurdle Important?

In a tense and sometimes violent conflict environment, Hurdle reveals the depth and layers of its young Muslim Palestinian characters. The film will help a diverse audience connect on a human level with a community that is often misunderstood in the mainstream narrative.

What is our timeline?

Hurdle has been in the making for almost three years! We shot the film from November 2016 - December 2017 in Palestinian East Jerusalem and the Occupied West Bank. Over the course of this dramatic year, our team documented the lives of young men living on both sides of the Israeli separation wall as they led their community in creative response to injustices.

How you can help:

We are now in post-production working tirelessly to get the film finished for an early 2019 debut. Your support will go toward things like color correction, sound design, music licensing, animation and helping us with our world premiere and film festival run in 2019! We are going to try all that we can to bring our characters to our world premiere so that they can watch themselves on the big screen and answer your questions face to face.

Our primary challenge in completing this film with the excellence it deserves is funding. As an independently financed film, we rely exclusively on donations, non-profit grant support, and crowd-funding to finance the expenses that come with directing, producing and editing a feature-length documentary film. We hope to rely on our grassroots community for support in order to make sure this campaign is successfully funded and our film is completed to the highest standard.

Please, check out our rewards and consider making a donation to our campaign today!

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Who We Are:

From L-R: Director/Producer Michael Rowley, Producer Remoy Philip, Producer Andrew Brown
From L-R: Director/Producer Michael Rowley, Producer Remoy Philip, Producer Andrew Brown

Michael Rowley - Director/Producer
Michael 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 in 2016 and currently resides in Dallas, Texas.

Remoy Philip - Producer
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 in 2016.

Andrew Brown - Producer
Andrew Brown is a marketing and business professional with a decade of experience in international development and startups. He is the winner of 7 Telly awards for his work as a director and producer. Brown’s educational background is in digital media and he holds a masters degree in business.

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Risks and challenges

We have already completed production, so the only thing standing between us and a finished film is post-production! We're on a pretty tight post-production schedule to make sure the film is ready for festival submissions in late 2018, but (with your help) we're confident that we have the time to finish without sacrificing quality.

Depending on festival and distribution negotiations, it is possible that the timing of Hurdle's release to our backers may be delayed, but we commit to doing everything we can to make sure we get the film to you as soon as possible!

We're determined to share the story of Hurdle. And we appreciate your support in helping us finish a high-quality film!

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    Social media shout-out + supporter page

    Thank you for joining us! We'll be sure to give you a shout-out on social media to show our appreciation. We'll also add your name to our supporter page on the website!

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    Digital post card + video thank you

    For your support, you'll receive a digital post card designed for the film. You'll also receive a special thank you delivered via video from the director, Michael Rowley! All rewards from lower tiers are also included with this package.

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    See Hurdle First - Hurdle Digital Pack

    You'll be one of the first to receive a digital link to watch the film when it is commercially available! The digital pack also includes a special behind-the-scenes still from the film. All rewards from lower tiers are also included with this package.

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    "Akaba" Hurdle t-shirt

    Impress your friends with your Arabic while sporting some Hurdle gear. “Akaba” means Hurdle in Arabic - so when someone comes up and asks what your shirt says, you can tell them about your favorite documentary and how you helped make it happen. All rewards from lower tiers are also included with this package—including a link to view the film as soon as it is available.

    Pre-shrunk, super soft, 60/40 blend T-shirt printed with excellence by our friends at 85 Supply.

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    Have your name on the big screen!

    You'll be thanked BY NAME as a backer in the film's credits! All rewards from lower tiers are also included with this package.

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    Handwritten Thank You + Photo prints

    You will receive a handwritten Thank You from Hurdle’s Director. Also included are six high quality cinematic stills (5x7) to frame for your home or office! All rewards from lower tiers are also included with this package.

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    Official Hurdle Movie Poster

    With your donation, you'll receive an official 27” x 40” Hurdle poster of your very own. Add this movie memorabilia to your home theater room! All rewards from lower tiers are also included with this package.

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    “Special Thanks” + Box of Treats

    We will highlight your name in the film’s credits under the heading “Special Thanks” to call attention to how you went above and beyond to help create Hurdle. We’re also excited to send you a gift box filled with treats specifically curated by Hurdle’s producers. All rewards from lower tiers are also included with this package.

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    1 Year of Conversational Arabic Courses!

    Learn the Levantine dialect of Arabic (+74 other languages) using the same online courses the director used while making the movie! With Vocabulary, Grammar and Cultural Tips, you’ll sound like a local in no time. All rewards from lower tiers are also included with this package.

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    Red Carpet Package

    You and a guest will enjoy 2 nights at The Joule Dallas Hotel + dinner with the Director and a Hurdle Producer at Zatar Lebanese Restaurant. Flight to Dallas not included. All rewards from lower tiers are also included with this package.

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    Premiere Package - 2 Flights + 2 Nights

    We will fly you and a guest to our North American Premiere (from any U.S. location) where you will enjoy two nights at an upscale hotel and two tickets to Hurdle’s North American Premiere. All rewards from lower tiers are also included with this package.

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