Communities evolve, and so do the families within them as they navigate triumphs, setbacks, hardships, and the courage of facing the next day. It’s a simple notion, but one that’s explored with great care in the documentary “Quest” which will make its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. And today we have an exclusive clip from the movie that welcomes you to its North Philadelphia setting.
The directorial debut of Jonathan Olshefski follows independent hip hop producer Christopher “Quest” Rainey, and his family, over the course of several years, painting the portrait of a family managing to make ends meet and stick together as the world changes around them. Here’s the official synopsis:
Filmed with vérité intimacy for close to a decade, the documentary feature debut of Jonathan Olshefski is a portrait of an African-American family in North Philadelphia. Christopher “Quest” Rainey, his wife Christine’a, aka “Ma Quest,” and their family lead familiar lives. In their home music studio, a local sanctuary where Quest produces ambitious MCs, their daughter PJ grows up playing the drums. Ma works long hours at a women’s shelter, and can’t believe how fast her baby is growing up. Over the years, and in front of the camera, the family evolves as everyday life brings a mix of joy and unexpected crisis. Set against the backdrop of a country now in turmoil, the film is a tender depiction of an American family whose journey is a profound testament to love, healing and hope.
“Quest” will have its first screening at Sundance on Saturday, January 21st at 9 PM at the Temple Theatre.