Followed by Q&A with QUEST Editor and UA alum Lindsay Utz
Filmed with vérité intimacy for nearly a decade, Quest is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Christopher “Quest” Rainey, and his wife, Christine’a “Ma Quest” raise a family while nurturing a community of hip hop artists in their home music studio. It’s a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can’t always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood. Epic in scope, Quest is a vivid illumination of race and class in America, and a testament to love, healing and hope.
The film was edited from over 400 hours of footage shot over a 10-year period. Quest premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and has gone on to garner the Grand Jury prize at the Full Frame Documentary Festival, and top awards at several other prestigious festivals. Editor Lindsay Utz won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing at this year’s Cinema Eye Honors for her work on the film. Quest will have its television broadcast premiere on POV in 2018.