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Filmmaker wants ‘to help people’

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON ” To Muhammad Ali Hasan, Eagle County always “felt like home,” he said.

Hasan was born in Pueblo after his parents, Malik Muhammad Hasan and Seeme Hasan, immigrated from Pakistan to the United States.

His father worked as a neurologist and later started a health maintenance organization, QualMed. He is now chief executive officer of an electronic health records firm, HealthTrio.

Hasan lives in a Beaver Creek home that he and his sisters own through a trust fund set up by his parents. Most of his money comes from investments given to him by his parents and political commentary he has done on television, he said.

“I genuinely want to help people,” he said. “I’m not purchased by special interests. I’ve got my own money.”

Hasan went to boarding school in Massachusetts and earned a bachelor’s degree at Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he also taught high school. He later earned a master’s degree in film directing from Chapman University in Orange, Calif.

Hasan directed a short film, “Rabia,” (his film production company shares that name), about Wafa Idris, Palestine’s first female suicide bomber. He hopes the film will play in several festivals and that it will eventually become a full-length film, he said.

“I’m against all forms of terrorism,” he said. “It’s not a pro-terrorist film.”

Hasan also owns a land development company, Sangre De Cristo Capital, he said.

Hasan has no full-time employees on his payrolls and he’s putting business on hold to devote time to promoting his platform, he said.

“If you have a good agenda and you care about your people, I really believe you can make a positive difference,” he said.

Here are the highlights of his platform:

– Eagle County water should stay here, instead of being diverted to the Front Range.

– Teachers should have more training to accommodate different learning styles, without spending taxpayers’ money.

– Small business owners should get tax breaks.

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