Director Jonathan Olshefski
Producer Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
Editor Lindsay Utz
Sound T. Griffin, Christopher Rainey
With Christopher Rainey, Christine’ a Rainey, Patricia (PJ) Rainey, William Withers, Price
Cinematography Jonathan Olshefski
Questbrings us a vitaland disarmingly intimate picture of American life through the Obama years as experienced by a young black family living on Philadelphias rough north side. The director Jonathan Olshefski set out to make a film about his friend Christopher ‘ Quest’ Raineys home recording studio and the community that gathered there. He soon extended his frame to include Christine’ a (aka Ma Quest), their young daughter Patricia, and Christine’ a’ s grown-up son from an earlier marriage.
When we meet him, Quest is mobilising the neighbourhood to vote for the first black president. The film ends a decade later with the election of the white billionaire who told black voters their lives were already so bad they had nothing to lose.
It's a warm and engrossing picture of smart people making the most of what they've got, helping others and weathering the ordinary storms of life – ill health, bad luck, occasional crossed purposes. But the Raineys also endure troubles that are painfully specific to their colour and class and moment in history. Olshefski leaves no doubt how much the world might gain by showing Quest and his crew the same generosity they extend to the world.