Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and music producer Quincy Jones are teaming to create a documentary, American Film: The Black Experience, which will focus on “the untold story of African Americans in Hollywood.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jones revealed the news at the Ischia Film and Music Festival in Ischia, Italy, where he also received a lifetime achievement award. Jones said he was “very excited” about being invited by Boone Isaacs to be a co-producer on the film.
“I think what is important is the backstory of us in the entertainment business, whether it’s film, music or television,” said Boone Isaacs. For her, the documentary’s purpose is 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.” It’ll also tell the backstories behind the relationships “among folks growing and working together in order to improve.”
“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. She mentioned one of the contributions she hopes to shine a light on is the sound design of Willie D. Burton, who has been nominated seven times, tying with Jones for being the Academy’s second most nominated African American.