This intimate chronicle of an African-American family in Philadelphia spans ten years, beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency. Parents Christopher "Quest" Rainey, and Christine’a "Ma Quest” Rainey navigate the hardship and strife that grips their North Philly neighborhood as they raise their children, and cultivate a creative sanctuary for their community in their home music studio. This tender portrait of the Rainey family is both a vivid illumination of race, class and life in modern day America, and an inspirational testament to love, healing and hope.
Jon Olshefski is a documentary filmmaker and artist based in Philadelphia. He strives to tell intimate and nuanced stories that honour 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. Olshefski 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.
"Heartbreaking yet beautiful" ★★★★
"Fascinating and thought-provoking" ★★★★
Eye For Film
"Heartwarming to watch"
"This is loving, humane stuff, with the richness of a fat novel"
Sight and Sound
"Class and race intersect meaningfully in the wonderful Quest"
The New York Times
"Superb... A living, breathing, stunning documentary"
"A testament to the powers of family and individual kindness"
"One of the most beautiful, moving portraits of a family committed to the screen in recent memory"