A ten-year portrait of a North Philadelphia family and the creative sanctuary offered by their home music studio. Directed by Jon Olshefski. Produced by Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
"Class and race intersect meaningfully in the wonderful documentary QUEST...Much of the movie’s power arises from its insistence on how larger forces affect lives, an intersection of the personal and the political…" NYTimes, Manohla Dargis
Feature Documentary - 2017 Sundance World Premiere - 2018 PBS POV Broadcast
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 children grow up before our eyes, and everyday life brings a mix of joy and unexpected crisis. Set against the backdrop of a country in turmoil, QUEST is both a stunning illumination of race and class, and a tender depiction of an American family whose journey is a profound testament to love, healing and hope.
Supported by Cinereach, ITVS, IFP, and the MacArthur Foundation.