An exploration of the history of lynching in America that tracks the mob violence from its origins to the death of a teenager in 2014.
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Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.
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The deadline for this round was February 14, 2020 11:59 PM PST
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The deadline for this round was September 13, 2019 11:59 PM PDT
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News January 23, 2020
Jonathan Olshefski’s ITVS-supported QUEST (Open Call, 2015) follows Christopher “Quest” Rainey, Christine’a “Ma” Rainey, their daughter PJ, and Christine’a’s older son William over almost a decade in North Philadelphia. Deeply intimate, the film begins by focusing on the family’s involvement in their community—Quest’s name comes from his rap…
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