The Holy Family University Library will be screening the movie QUEST on Thursday, April 12 in the ETC Auditorium at 6:30 pm. Director Jon Olshefski will be available for a Q&A after the screening. QUEST was named a 2017 official Sundance Film Festival selection.
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 basement 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.
“The film's intimacy pulls you in and the themes of love and hope that shine through this family—a truly typical Philly family—make this documentary so special,” said Shannon Brown, Executive Director of Library Services. “When I saw it I immediately connected with the mom, Christine'a, particularly as she interacted with her daughter. At the end of the day, we're all in this together—and I'm talking about right here on a very small scale in our city. We need to have each other's backs. My problems are your problems and your successes are my successes. Everyone should see this film but for those of us who call Philly home, it is a must!”
According to his website, Olshefski “was named as one of 25 New Faces in Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine and mentioned in the New York Times as one of “The 9 New Directors You Need to Watch. His debut feature documentary, QUEST, premiered in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and went on to be selected for over 75 festivals internationally where it won multiple awards including prizes at: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival, Dallas International Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival, Baltimore International Black Film Festival, and the Milwaukee Film Festival.”