The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul and the Capri Theater present Jonathan Olshefski’s Quest, an award-winning documentary that tells the intricate, moving story of 10 years in one Philadelphia family’s life. Followed by a discussion led by D.A. Bullock, a filmmaker and social practice artist in the field of story-based activism. The screening begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5 at the Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway. Tickets to First Thursday Films are $5; purchase in advance at mspfilm.org or at the door the night of the show.
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.
Each First Thursday Films screening at the Capri is followed by a passionate discussion of the movie. For Quest we welcome D. A. Bullock, founder of Bully Creative Shop, a feature film, documentary, media art and digital content social enterprise. Bullock is a 2015 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant recipient, a 2016 Intermedia Arts/City of Minneapolis Creative Citymaking Artist and a 2017 Bush Fellow. He is a filmmaker, storyteller, archivist/historian and a social practice artist; all evolving into a significant multimedia social activism platform and story-based organizing strategy. He is a foremost leader in the field of story-based organizing in the Twin Cities and has done extensive work to affirm and elevate the stories and histories of marginalized communities. His cinematography work can currently be seen in the documentary film Vanishing Pearls, which tells the story of Louisiana Black oyster fishermen and their struggle and trauma after the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010.