Brookline, MA - The Coolidge Corner Theatre announces internationally award-winning animators the Quay Brothers will receive the 2009 Coolidge Award. The brothers will arrive in Brookline to accept the honor and to participate in related festivities on May 6 & 7. Selected screenings from their filmography are being scheduled throughout April and early May.
"The extraordinary Quay Brothers are two of the world’s most original filmmakers. Identical twins who were born in Pennsylvania in 1947, the brothers studied illustration in Philadelphia before going on to the Royal College of Art in London, where they started to make animated shorts in the 1970s. They have lived and worked in London ever since.
Influenced by a tradition of Eastern European animation, the Quays display a passion for detail, a breathtaking command of color and texture, and an uncanny use of focus and camera movement that make their films unique and instantly recognizable. Best known for their classic 1986 film Street of Crocodiles, which filmmaker Terry Gilliam recently selected as one of the ten best animated films of all time, they are masters of miniaturization and on their tiny sets have created an unforgettable world, suggestive of a landscape of long-repressed childhood dreams. In 1994, with Institute Benjamenta, they made their first foray into live-action feature-length filmmaking. In 2005 they premiered their second feature, The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes.
The Quays’ work also includes set design for theatre and opera. In 1998 their Tony-nominated set designs for Ionesco’s The Chairs won great acclaim on Broadway. In 2000 they made In Absentia, an award-winning collaboration with avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, as well as two dance films, DUET and THE SANDMAN. In 2002 they contributed an animated dream sequence to Julie Taymor’s film FRIDA.”
Launched in 2004, the annual Coolidge Award recognizes film artists whose work advances the spirit of original and challenging cinema. Previous honorees are film producer Jeremy Thomas in 2008 (Sexy Beast, The Last Emperor, The Great Rock and Roll Swindle), film editor Thelma Schoonmaker in 2007 (Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Departed), actress Meryl Streep in 2006 (Sophie’s Choice, Silkwood, The Devil Wears Prada), Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro in 2005 (Apocalypse Now, The Conformist, Reds) and Chinese director Zhang Yimou in 2004 (Hero, The House of Flying Daggers, Raise the Red Lantern).
The Coolidge Corner Theatre is one of the nation's most prominent independently operated movie theaters, run by the not-for-profit Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation. Over the past several years, the theater has won numerous awards and recognitions for creative and innovative programming. In 2008 the Coolidge was among select distinguished cultural organizations to be awarded significant funding from the Cultural Facilities Fund, a program administered by MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Over the past decade the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation completed a successful multi-million dollar capital campaign supporting upgrades, renovations and a stunning restoration to the theater’s original Art Deco detail. This year the Coolidge celebrates its 75th anniversary, and the first comprehensive written and visual history of the theatre will be available in time for this year’s Coolidge Award ceremony.
The Coolidge Award 2009 is made possible by the generous support of the Patricia Larsen Foundation, Susan and Robert Stoller, Elizabeth Driehaus, and Massachusetts Cultural Council with special thanks to Zeitgeist Films, longtime U.S. distributor of the Quay Brothers films. Additional support continues to grow from numerous individuals, sponsors and community-based businesses. More details about the Coolidge Award festivities will be announced in the coming weeks.
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