A North Philadelphia family’s 10-year journey is an illumination of race and class in America, a testament to love, healing, and hope.

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    2017 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival-Grand Jury Prize
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    2017 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival-Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights
  • Jonathan olshefski filmmaker bio

    Jonathan Olshefski

    Jonathan Olshefski is an artist and documentary filmmaker. QUEST is his first feature-length documentary. Olshefski strives to tell intimate and nuanced stories that honor his subjects’ complexity by employing a production process that emphasizes collaboration, dialogue, and relationship. Jonathan lives in Philadelphia and is an Associate Show more Professor at Rowan University where he teaches in the department of Radio, TV, and Film. Show less

    Sabrina schmidt gordon filmmaker bio

    Sabrina Schmidt Gordon

    Sabrina Schmidt Gordon is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. She is the co-director, producer, and the editor of BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, winner of Best Film Directed by a Woman of Color at 2015's African Diaspora International Film Festival. Sabrina is also the co-producer and editor of Documented, the story of Pulitzer Prize-winning Show more undocumented journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (Independent Lens, 2007), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and made the Chicago Tribune’s “Best Documentaries of 2007." Sabrina teaches documentary filmmaking at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and is Co-Chair of the Black Documentary Collective (BDC). Show less

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    The Film

    Filmed with vérité intimacy for over a decade, QUEST is the moving portrait of a family in North Philadelphia. Christopher "Quest" Rainey, along with his wife Christine'a, aka "Ma Quest," open the door to their home music studio, which serves as a creative sanctuary from the strife that grips their neighborhood. Over the years, the family evolves as everyday life brings a mix of joy and unexpected crisis. Set against the backdrop of a country now in turmoil, QUEST is a tender depiction of an American family whose journey is a profound testament to love, healing, and hope.