Academy to Welcome Bros. Quay

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host the first U.S. speaking engagement for renowned animators the Brothers Quay on Friday, April 21, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The 10th Marc Davis Lecture on Animation will begin 7:30 p.m., featuring screenings of several of the Quays’ animated shorts including the award-winning Street of Crocodiles (1986) and The Comb (1990).

Identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay were heavily influenced by the Eastern European immigrant culture of their native Philadelphia. Now living in London, they have built a following with their unique brand of stop-motion animation, which typically employs broken dolls to create surrealistic and nightmarish visions. Over the past two decades, the brothers have produced numerous animated and live-action short films, television commercials and music videos. They have also directed two live-action features, 1995′s Institute Benjamenta and 2005′s The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes, and their work was featured in Miramax’s Oscar-winning 2002 biopic, Frida.

Named in honor of legendary Disney animator Marc Davis, the lecture series is open to the general public for $5 a ticket. Academy members and students with a valid I.D. get in for $3. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, i located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call 310-247-3000 ext 111.