Biography

Miguel Ali is an indie film director/producer, political pundit, published author and an entrepreneur.

Ali’s films have played at over 100 film festivals, winning 50 awards. Ali recently completed his first feature film, Confessions of a Womanizer, starring Gary Busey, C Thomas Howell, Jillian Rose Reed, Kelly Mantle, WWE’s The Bella Twins and Andrew Lawrence. The film has premiered at 30 film festivals and has gained 14 honors, including screenings and awards with film festivals that are Oscar-Sponsored and Oscar-Affiliated. Confessions of a Womanizer was archived into the Margaret Herrick Academy Awards Library in 2017.

Ali’s film company, Harbor House Films, is currently opening a distribution wing, where they will exclusively use the CineMetrix software suite – a software of algorithms that can predict the finest release pattern for any film, based on genre and social media analytics. CineMetrix was developed by Ali and David Macleod, with their backgrounds in healthcare analytics providing the basis for the development of CineMetrix. The CineMetrix software suite currently has two patents that are pending.

Ali’s latest endeavour has him busy with Helix Mobile Wellness and Research (www.HelixMWR.com), a for-profit research institute that will look for correlations between hormonal-balances and vitamin balances, contrasted with afflictions like addiction, depression, fatigure, sexual dysfunction and weight loss. Helix currently has seven patents pending, that deal with its disruption of healthcare delivery and services.

As a political pundit, Miguel Ali served as a regular guest on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, as well as a regular on CNBC’s The Dennis Miller Show. He also appeared frequently on Fox News, BBC Radio of England and MSNBC. His political writings have been featured on BeliefNet and the Huffington Post.

Miguel Ali ran for office in Colorado twice. In 2008, he ran for Colorado’s State House. And in 2010, he ran for State Treasurer. He lost both times… but in the process, Miguel Ali knocked on over 20,000 doors, talking to voters all over Colorado, an experience that still fuels much of his work.

Ali’s first book, ELEPHANT: The 12 Things I Learned When I Ran For Office, was also published by BearManor Media and released in the Summer of 2014.

Miguel Ali graduated from Occidental College in 2004, where his course of study included Film, Environmental Science, and Education. Of note, Miguel Ali spent a year-and-a-half as a TYRO public school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he tyro-taught at Franklin High School in East LA. Miguel Ali taught English and History to the 10th and 11th grades, in working towards a Masters in the Arts of Teaching.

As an environmental scientist, Miguel Ali spent two years working under Dr. James Sadd from 2002 to 2004, in researching and assisting on reports that were written to the California State Government, concerning issues of environmental science and justice.
From there, Miguel Ali ultimately received his MFA in Film Directing from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film in 2007.

Miguel Ali currently lives in Venice, California, with his fiancee, Jennie, their son, Seneca, and their dogs, Deelya and Henry. Miguel Ali was born in Colorado, and raised throughout the western United States, including California, Nevada, Washington and Oregon.

Miguel Ali is of Spanish and Pakistani-Indian descent. He is an interfaith practitioner, actively practicing principles from Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

Miguel Ali is an expert snowboarder and happens to cook the best steaks in California (just ask Jennie). He donates blood 6 times a year to UCLA’s blood bank.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Miguel Ali formerly carried the last name “Hasan,” but is changing his full name to “Miguel Ali” in recognition of his Spanish-Morisco heritage, which is predominantly Jewish. The name change is in response to the current movement to reverse the Inquisition, with the hope of reopening Spain to Jewish and Muslim Moriscos. “Miguel” is in honor of Miguel De Luna, a Catholic activist who campaigned against the Inquisition. “Ali” is in honor of the name his mother gave him. Miguel Ali is an interfaith practitioner, adhering to principles of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.

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Awards

Miguel Ali’s films have played at over 100 film festivals, with his projects winning 50 awards. His last film, RABIA, was distributed worldwide by Elypse Films. His first feature film, Confessions of a Womanizer, starring Gary Busey, C Thomas Howell, Jillian Rose Reed, WWE’s The Bella Twins and Andrew Lawrence, is traveling the film festival circuit now. His first book, ELEPHANT: The 12 Things I Learned When I Ran For Office, was published by BearManor Media in the Summer of 2014.

A complete list of his awards and film festival appearances is below…

NOTABLE AWARDS & FILM FESTIVAL SELECTIONS –                      

Confessions of a Womanizer (2014):

Opening Night Film
Sunscreen Film Festival 2014 – Oscar Sponsored Festival
Opening Night Film
Twin Rivers Media Festival 2014
Encore Screening
Newport Beach Film Festival 2014
Best Narrative Feature Film
Los Angeles Underground Film Festival 2014
Best Director – Miguel Ali
Los Angeles Underground Film Festival 2014
Best Director – Miguel Ali
Sunscreen Film Festival 2014
Best Feature Film
Tupelo Film Festival 2014
Best Feature Film
Twin Rivers Media Festival 2014
Best Sound
Laugh Or Die Comedy Festival 2014
Best Feature Film
High Desert Film Festival 2014
Best Feature Film
Paterson Falls Film Festival 2014
Best Comedy Film
Classic City Film Festival 2014
World Premiere
Cinequest Film Festival 2014 – Oscar Affiliated Film Festival

NOTABLE AWARDS & FILM FESTIVAL SELECTIONS –                                

Rabia (2007/2008):

Provincetown Film Festival – Grand Jury Award 2008
Breckenridge Film Festival – Best Student Film 2008
Hermosa Shorts Film Festival – Best Director 2008
Panavision – Emerging Filmmaker Award 2007
Action/Cut Filmmaking Competition – Grand Prize Film 2008
Seattle True Independent Film Festival – Most Dramatic Film 2008
Lake Arrowhead Film Festival – Best Student Film 2008
Playhouse West Film Festival – Best Director 2008
Coca Cola Refreshing Filmmaker – Finalist 2006
Gone With The Film Festival – Best Action Film 2008
Action/Cut Filmmaking Competition – Grand Prize Film 2008
BEFILM Tribeca Underground Film Festival – Official Selection
Vail Film Festival – Official Selection
Durango Independent Film Festival – Official Selection
Brooklyn Arts Council International Film Festival – Official Selection
Hollywood Black Film Festival – Official Selection
Philadelphia Independent Film Festival – Official Selection
Santa Cruz Film Festival – Official Selection
Mendocino Film Festival – Official Selection
Washington DC Independent Film Festival – Official Selection
SmogDance – Official Selection

Benazir (Screenplay – 2009):

Creative Screenwriting Magazine AAA Competition – 2nd Place 2009
The Writer’s Place Screenwriting Competition – Grand Prize 2009
Script Savvy Screenwriting Competition – 1st Place Award 2009

COMPLETE AWARDS LIST –                                                                                        

Rabia:

Provincetown Film Festival – Grand Jury Award, Student Film Competition
Breckenridge Film Festival – Best Student Film
Sunscreen Film Festival – Best Short Film
Hermosa Shorts Film Festival – Best Actress
Hermosa Shorts Film Festival – Best Director
Show Off Your Short – Best Drama
Show Off Your Short – Best Screenwriter
Park City Film Music Festival – Gold Medal of Excellence
Gone With The Film Festival – Best Action Film
The Accolade – Award of Excellence
Independence Film Fest – Best Narrative Short
Real To Reel Film & Video Festival – Best Amateur Short
WorldFest Houston – Best Cinematography, Bronze
Twin Rivers Media Festival – Best Student Film
Schweitzer LakeDance Film Festival – Best Short Film
Schweitzer LakeDance Film Festival – Best Actress
Kodak Eastman Scholarship – Bronze Award
Panavision – Emerging Filmmaker Award
Action/Cut Filmmaking Competition – Grand Prize Film
Seattle True Independent Film Festival – Most Dramatic
FirstGlance Film Fest of Hollywood – Best Actress
Lake Arrowhead Film Festival – Best Student Film
Staten Island Film Festival – Best Action Short
Staten Island Film Festival – Best Short Screenwriter
Playhouse West Film Festival – Best Director
Playhouse West Film Festival – Best Actress
West Chester Film Festival – Honorable Mention, Best Student Film
Angelus Student Film Festival – Semi Finalist
The Indie Gathering – Best Short Drama
Berks Movie Madness Film Festival – 2nd place, Student Film
Southern Winds Film Festival – Future Threat
Next Gen Film Festival – Best Actress
Eugene International Film Festival – Best Production Design
Columbus International Film + Video Festival – Bronze Plaque
Naperville Independent Film Festival – Best Actress
Action On Film Festival – Altadis Award to Hanieh Jodat

AWARD NOMINATIONS LIST –                                                                                  

Rabia:

Tenerife International Film Festival – Nominated, Best Director
Tenerife International Film Festival – Nominated, Best Short Film
West Chester Film Festival – Nominated, Best Drama
European Spiritual Film Festival – Nominated, Best Fiction
Reno Film Festival – Nominated, Best Nevadan Film
Action On Film Festival – Nominated, Best Editing
Action On Film Festival – Nominated, Best Director
Action On Film Festival – Nominated, Best Actress in Short
Show Off Your Short – Nominated, Best Editing
Show Off Your Short – Nominated, Best Music
Show Off Your Short – Nominated, Best Director
Naperville Independent Film Festival – Nominated, Best Editing
Naperville Independent Film Festival – Nominated, Best Original Score
Naperville Independent Film Festival – Nominated, Best Actress
Naperville Independent Film Festival – Nominated, Best Short

OFFICIAL SELECTION COMPLETE LIST –                                                            

Rabia:

BEFILM Tribeca Underground Film Festival
Vail Film Festival
West Hollywood International Film Festival
Mendocino Film Festival
Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
Hollywood Black Film Festival
Central Florida Film Festival
Tallahassee Film Festival
Naperville Independent Film Festival
Show Off Your Short Film Festival
Action On Film Festival
Next Gen Film Festival
Brooklyn Arts Council International Film Festival
Estes Park Film Festival
TriMedia Film Festival
DC Independent Film Festival
Wildwood By The Sea Film Festival
Tupelo Film Festival
Poppy Jasper Film Festival
Landlocked Film Festival
Great Lakes Film Festival
Toofy Film Festival
Roxbury Film Festival
Southside Film Festival
Independent Features Film Festival
Long Island International Film Expo
Hearts & Minds Film Festival
Berkshire International Film Festival
East Lansing Film Festival
Reynolda Film Festival
SmogDance Film Festival
Big Island Film Festival
Open APPerture Short Film Festival
Rainier Independent Film Festival
Show Me Missouri International Film Festival
Big Bang Film Festival
Other Venice Film Festival
Fallbrook Film Festival
Griffon International Film Festival
Trenton Film Festival
Santa Cruz Film Festival
Da Vinci Film Festival
Fear No Film Festival
Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival
Asian American International Film Festival
Durango Independent Film Festival
Gasparilla Film Festival
Dead Center Film Festival
Golden Lion Film Festival
Twin Cities Underground Film Festival
ION International Film Festival
Washington DC Independent Film Festival
FourSite Film Festival
ON LOCATION: Memphis
Buffalo Niagara Film Festival
New Filmmakers, New York
Provincetown Film Festival
Breckenridge Film Festival
Sunscreen Film Festival
Hermosa Shorts Film Festival
Show Off Your Short
Park City Film Music Festival
Gone With The Film Festival
The Accolade
Independence Film Fest
Real To Reel Film & Video Festival
WorldFest Houston
Twin Rivers Media Festival
Schweitzer LakeDance Film Festival
Action/Cut Filmmaking Competition – Grand Prize Film
Seattle True Independent Film Festival
FirstGlance Film Fest of Hollywood
Lake Arrowhead Film Festival
Staten Island Film Festival
Playhouse West Film Festival
Tenerife International Film Festival
West Chester Film Festival
European Spiritual Film Festival
Reno Film Festival
Angelus Student Film Festival
The Indie Gathering
Berks Movie Madness Film Festival
Southern Winds Film Festival
Eugene International Film Festival
Columbus International Film + Video Festival