Cheryl Boone Isaacs, former president of the Academy, is teaming up with music legend, Quincy Jones, on a new documentary. According to THR, the two are to work on American Film: The Black Experience, that will tell “the untold story of African Americans in the entertainment industry.”

Boone & Jones spoke on their latest project at the Ischia Film and Music Festival. Boone Isaacs shared, “I think what is important is the backstory of us in the entertainment business, whether it’s film, music or television.”

She added that she wanted “to get the story out of the contributions that have been made by so many, not just the celebrities, which even that backstory has not been told enough; and the relationship among folks and growing and working together in order to improve.”

Boone Isaacs provided the example of sound designer Willie D. Burton, who is tied with Jones as the second most Oscar-nominated African American, with seven nominations, as the perfect kind of story they would like to tell.

“There are so many of us that people don’t know about, which is what we are going to bring forth and tell the world,” she said.

Jones added, “We’re in the process of starting to do a documentary now called American Film: The Black Experience. [Boone Isaacs] invited me to be co-producer with her. I’m very excited about that.”

This move is right up Boone Isaacs’ alley as she spoke out to make the Academy more inclusive and asked a record number of women and people of color to join its board during her time there.



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