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Grand Jury Prize ~ Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
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Superb. [A] living, breathing, stunning documentary study of an African-American family in North Philadelphia weathering a tumultuous decade.
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Quest

Filmed with vérité intimacy for nearly a decade, QUEST is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Christopher "Quest" Rainey, and his wife, Christine'a "Ma Quest" raise a family while nurturing a community of hip hop artists in their home music studio. It's a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can't always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood. Epic in scope, QUEST is a vivid illumination of race and class in America, and a testament to love, healing and hope.

"Shows a kinship with 'Hoop Dreams' and 'Boyhood' in the way it makes subtle and powerful use of the passage of time. The movie's quiet eloquence invites you to reflect on what it means to belong to a family and a place, and also on the nature of citizenship at a time of political polarization ."
-A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Recalls Steve James' 'Hoop Dreams' in both the way it captures people over a long period of a time and in how it finds the profound in the everyday, the universal in the specific." -Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

"A sweeping and intimate documentary about the struggles of an average American family." -Jude Dry, INDIEWIRE

"'Quest' may be one of the most important films about the American experience ever filmed." -Jason Gorber, POV Magazine


World Premiere - Sundance Film Festival 2017

Winner: Grand Jury Prize - Full Frame 2017

Winner: Audience Award - Camden Int'l Film Festival 2017

Winner: Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights - Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2017

Winner: Grand Jury Prize Documentary Feature - Dallas International Film Festival 2017

Winner: Grand Jury Prize Documentary Feature - RiverRun International Film Festival 2017

Winner: Grand Jury Prize Documentary Feature - Ashland Independent Film Festival 2017

Winner: People's Voice Award - Fist Up Film Festival - 2017

Unforgettables List Honoree - Cinema Eye 2017

Honorable Mention: Grand Jury Prize Documentary Feature - Cleveland International 2017

Honorable Mention: Grand Jury Prize Documentary Feature - Nashville Film Festival 2017

Played at

Monica Film Center, 12.15.17 - 12.21.17
Rated NR
Genre: African-American Experience, Documentary
Runtime: 104 min
Language: English

Director: Jonathan Olshefski

Awards:
  • Nominee, Grand Jury Prize ~ Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW: Helen O'Hara, TimeOut
We're often told that the American Dream requires hard work, an entrepreneurial spirit and community engagement. In the Rainey family—the subject of this intimate, moving documentary—all the elements are there except for the financial success that’s supposed to foll...