In American Film: The Black Experience, Jones and Boone Isaacs will document the history of African Americans in the film and television industry.
“I think what is important is the backstory of us in the entertainment business, whether it’s film, music or television,” Boone Isaacs told the audience at the Ischia Film and Music Festival in Italy.
She also said the project aims “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.”
Under her tenure at the Academy, Boone Isaacs championed initiatives to make the largely White and male institution more diverse. Now, she’s hoping to highlight some of the African Americans who toiled behind the scenes to make Hollywood what it is today.
“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, who will executive produce the project, said he was “very excited” about it.
So are we.