The passage of time in Jonathan Olshefski’s profile of North Philadelphia’s Rainey family is something wonderful to behold. Though the film does have its totemic markers of presidential election and natural disasters, “Quest” luxuriates in the space between those moments, observing every family member as they gradually move towards the future. Setbacks and triumphs seemingly come hand-in-hand for the Raineys. But seeing Christopher, Christine’a, PJ and William all choose which of those two define their lives is a gradual process that comes from patience, trust and a keen eye for story. In capturing this family and the vibrant neighborhoods in which they live, Olshefski crafts a perfect response to so many policy issues that face our entire nation. In the process, Quest becomes a testament to the power of listening, giving voice to individuals and communities in their own words and actions. It’s a seamless portrayal of one family’s journey, with a special kind of passion emanating from every frame.
Quest begs viewers to take notice. The Rainey clan will have audiences clutching their hearts in a visceral display of admiration. Ultimately, Quest reflects the profound beauty of one family whose journey is a testament to love and healing and whose resilience provides hope for a nation torn apart.
Quest may be one of the most important films about the American experience ever filmed. – Jason Gorber, POV Magazine
I’ve rarely seen a movie about citizenship as quietly eloquent as Quest. – A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Feb 16, 17, and 23 – IU Fine Arts Theater – 8:30
Feb 25 – Bear’s Place (21+) Time to be announced