Two institutions have been a constant in Malek Akkad’s life: SCA and the Halloween franchise movies. Malek is the producer of the films that gave us Michael Myers, the horror genre’s most enduring “boogeyman.” The original films were produced by Moustapha Akkad, Malek’s father, who fueled his son’s early love of filmmaking by giving him odd jobs on his productions, including mopping up fake blood on the set of Halloween 4. Malek has produced the Halloween sequels for the last twenty years, including the most recent installment in the franchise, Halloween Kills. Malek also followed Moustapha onto the USC campus. The elder Akkad came to USC as an international student from Aleppo, Syria, and earned a degree in Film & Television Production from the School of Cinematic Arts. Malek also graduated from Production in the '80s, and continues his father’s legacy as a consistent supporter of the School of Cinematic Arts.
This month he joined SCA in announcing the Moustapha and Malek Akkad Student Support Fund, which will provide financial aid to international students studying at the School. Malek established the fund to both honor his father’s legacy and allow international students to find their own voices as cross-cultural creators. “USC gave my father access to the Hollywood style of filmmaking. We wanted the fund to offer that same opportunity to a new generation of global filmmakers.”
We invite you to make a gift today in Moustapha and Malek's honor, and join them in supporting international students who, like the Akkads, are interested in using their artistry to further stories that can travel the globe.