Director Jonathan Olshefski in person! Free to Amherst Cinema Members. Free tickets available only at the box office (not online).
Filmed with vérité intimacy for close to a decade, QUEST is a documentary 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 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.
Jonathan Olshefski is a documentary filmmaker and artist. 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 at Rowan University where he teaches in the department of Radio, TV, and Film. He lives in Philadelphia with his partner Holly and two sons, Caleb and Zeke.