SXSW 2017: A Conversation with Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Allison Schroeder

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Allison Schroeder, co-screenwriter of the Academy Award-nominated film “Hidden Figures,” spoke about the Oscars, breaking into the film industry, and how women need to push back for their careers at their session at SXSW.

Since taking office in 2013, Boone Isaacs – the third woman and first African American to hold the position—has made significant strides to increase inclusion among the Academy’s membership and governance. Schroeder is best known for her work on “Mean Girls 2” and “Pineapple Express.”

Boone Issacs and Schroeder talk about their backstories in how they got into the film industry.

“How did you get involved with The Academy?” Schroeder asked Boone Isaacs. She replied, “I entered in ’77, in publicity, working on ‘Close Encounters.'”

Schroeder proceeds to ask…

Honestly, we’d have a silent scream in the ladies’ room too if we were already any of our favorite talents.

Boone Isaacs and Schroeder continue to discuss this year’s Oscars and its Best Picture nominees.

“Hidden Figures” ultimately represented not just girl power, but girl feminism in the workplace. Schroeder uses an example from college to explain how she “learned to push back.”

The reception of “Hidden Figures” from young children surprised Schroeder.

Circling back to her screenwriting experience, Schroeder continues to push back against producers who do not want female leads in films.

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