Presented by Bread Garden Market, Little Village and FilmScene
DIALOGUE: Director Jonathan Olshefski.
Sunday, April 2, 7pm
Fresh from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, QUEST is a intimate portrait of a North Philadelphia family pursuing their dreams amid everyday struggles and life-altering challenges. The tenth selection of our Vino Vérité series presented by Bread Garden Market.
The Vino Vérité series features talented new voices and established filmmakers influenced by the vérité tradition in person to present their thought-provoking, chance-taking, and visually-arresting films. Each selection is paired with hand-selected wines from Bread Garden Market.
Tickets: $25 public / $20 for members. Includes wine tasting, film, hors d'oeuvres and filmmaker reception.
6:30 Hors d'oeuvres & wine tasting
7:00 Theater open for seating
9:00 Reception with filmmaker, wine and dessert
Encore screening on April 8 in partnership with Mission Creek Festival. Filmmaker not in attendance.
"A moving portrait. Devoid of any political posturing or editorial agenda, Quest is a jarring and gentle testament to the powers of family and individual kindness." — Hollywood Reporter
Filmed with vérité intimacy over the course of a decade, the documentary feature debut of director Jonathan Olshefski is a tender portrait of one North Philly family. In a neighborhood tattered by neglect, we meet Christopher “Quest” Rainey, and his wife Christine’a, “Ma Quest,” as they raise their children and nurture the creative sanctuary offered by their home music studio.
Set against the backdrop of a country in tumult and political upheaval, Quest illuminates issues of race, class and community through one family's extraordinary everyday struggle.
In this community, opportunity and hope must come from within, and the Rainey's proud resilience is a testament to the powers of fortitude, family, and love.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Jonathan Olshefski is a documentary filmmaker and artist living in Philadelphia. He strives to tell intimate and nuanced stories that honor his subjects’ complexity by employing a production process that emphasizes collaboration, dialogue, and relationship to amplify their voices and reflect their points of view in an artful way. He has an MFA in film and media arts from Temple University and is currently an associate professor of radio, TV, and film at Rowan University. Quest is his first feature documentary.
Sundance Film Festival 2017 — World Premiere
True/False Film Festival 2017 — True Life Fund Selection
New Directors / New Films 2017 — Official Selection
"#2 Best Documentary at Sundance" —IndieWire
"Olshefski’s humanist portraiture of one family’s quotidian lives that is certain to stir audiences." —The Playlist
"Even as 'Quest' toys with expectations, (there are no chart toppers to be found here), the triumphs in 'Quest' are much harder to spot, though they are mighty; love, family, and hope in the face of adversity. Nothing could be more harmonious." — IndieWire
"'Quest' couldn’t be more relevant to national conversations about poverty and gun violence in its empathy for marginalized communities." — The Film Stage
"It’s about the past in a way that, even with all the tragedy and drama, now looks like more innocent times, and it’s about the future in the way it inspires hope that we can all overcome every painful obstacle and come to comprehend the issues and differences of everyone in this country." —Nonfics