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Nope wasn’t in the room Saturday night, I was (literally) down the street.

But thank you internet (and the Academy) for letting us see this.  I’m big on letting people know you appreciate them while they’re here to feel your appreciation.

Your East Coast bias aside Spike, I can personally attest to two of the seeds you helped plant and nourish getting those standardized test scores high enough to grow into a movie producer and a movie director (and a LOT more).

And as you know there are hundreds if not thousands more. So thank you.

First, I could watch this introduction all day…

And then, his actual acceptance speech…



No song this weekend. I haven’t made this announcement here yet but…

Our 30 for 30 ‘Trojan War’ is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and Netflix.  For those of you outside the U.S. (or without cable), you can watch our film anytime and nearly anywhere you please.

That’s your weekend homework, enjoy!


So ‘Trojan War’ is done and a living product now, officially.  It’s been a great ride, a ton of memories I’ll never forget, chief among them the outpouring of support.

I love my people.  In every possible way that statement can be interpreted. Beyond the superficial links between us, that sense of ‘take care of the people who take care of you’ is a common value that binds me and Aaron.  Somewhat ironically, it’s cut both ways the past few weeks.  I’ve pumped up the film and its players every chance I got leading up to the premiere (as most of you saw).

The flip side of that is choosing to be quiet publicly as (in no particular order) Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Quentin Tarantino have…gotten my attention. If any of their news is still relevant next week (likely), we can address it then.  For one, this week has been about having fun and reminiscing about a great time to be a Trojan.  And two; sure nobody is interviewing me or quoting me today.  But I personally saw twice (TWICE!), conversations I’ve had with people on this project, where the context was clear, then the exact same thing is repeated word for word, to a reporter, put (and edited) in print, and turned into something else.  (One of them you can probably guess with little difficulty). So again, even if, in all likelihood me talking anything political would have never been picked up…why take a chance on being an unnecessary distraction?  One thing I must admit I like about being ‘on’ all the time, is that it’s made me fast-forward to acting like ‘the best version of Malik Aziz’ now, instead of waiting on being ‘big-time’ and then trying to clean up my act. More ‘hey Malik is this thoughtful and intellectual and passionate film geek’, less ‘man Malik retweets a lot of those booty clapping videos’ (half joking).

(In terms of the one relevant news item you can connect to the film; what started as a bitter, season ticket holder sniping has turned into ‘Alright, get him out of here, but if he really is drinking his life away, get him help.  We’ll use the rest of this season to figure out who should lead the program.  We’re full strength now.’)

Moving forward, ‘Trojan War’ is the biggest, flashiest project I’ve been a part of.  I’ll always point to it as something I’m proud of.  In terms of my endgame, it’s a door, a gateway, a bridge to tell other stories I’m passionate about.

As much as anything, the personal validation of knowing there’s a way for me to get what I want without making compromises I’m completely uncomfortable with, means as much to me as the professional validation.

So what exactly am I planning next?

Well, I’m not talking about that. Yet…



Aaron and I have both watched ‘Trojan War’ repeatedly before tonight; there was a ‘USC premiere’ and a ‘Hollywood premiere’ last week, so we both felt good about how the ‘core demographic’ would react.  But still…

This week, and today especially, the sheer number of you who reposted, retweeted, and otherwise spread the word about the film coming on has been completely humbling.  I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’m not even going to try to name names because there were so many it would be a guarantee I would forget someone.

Homies from high school, family of course. Old teachers who pushed me in the right direction. The boys from the college days that swiftly passed.  Acting friends and industry friends, both still trying to break in, and well established.  My people from every day job I’ve ever held down while I pursue my dreams. You know, but you don’t completely realize how many people are cheering for you until something like this goes down, and everyone tells you in their own way how proud they are of you.

I know what I just said about naming names, but I should thank the people whose names and faces you heard and saw who made ‘Trojan War’ what it is: everybody at ESPN for letting us be a part of this, Keyshawn Johnson, Shelley Smith, Dylann Tharp, Joe Perracchio, Mario Diaz, Michael B. Jordan, Matt Leinart, Lendale White, Pete Carroll.  To name a few.

As far as you go Aaron…I’ll let Coach Vermeil take it from here…

Today was a good day.


(updating Career Bucket List…)

‘Producer on a feature film before I hit 40?’ – Check.

Pull off the rare ‘one for us and one for them’ at the same time? – Check.

Work with a cast member from my all time favorite show The Wire ? – Check.

Work on my favorite current documentary series, 30 for 30? – Check.

Tie together my legacy as a Starkie and a Trojan in a way I could never possibly plan? – Check.

Fight On!


About that time, gang.

But first, here’s Aaron delivering his Director Statement on ‘Trojan War.’

Fight On!



The press screening last night was a surreal experience for yours truly.  I’m so used to supporting my friends and their projects, it’s really different when you’re one of the centers of attention.

We seem to have pleased our core demographic.  Next Tuesday we’ll see how the world overall sees it.

Until then, here’s an early review:



In case you missed it, Aaron gave probably the most in-depth interview he’s ever given publicly to the Daily Trojan.

Check it out!



ESPN released the Official Trailer for ‘Trojan War’ today.

It’s been the standard on this particular project, but as much as this strokes my own ego and vanity, I can watch this a thousand times just to see the name of one of my aces on the screen.


Sep 22, 2007: Los Angeles, California, USA: Southern California Trojans mascot Tommy Trojan performs before the start of the game against the Washington State Cougars at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Photo By Jeff Lewis-US PRESSWIRE Copyright (c) 2007 Jeff Lewis

The local paper noticed us!  ‘The Association’ doesn’t start until a couple of weeks after, so that night at least, all eyes on us.

Thanks LA Times.  Less than a month away gang…



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