QUEST: A Portrait of an American Family

(Jonathan Olshefski, 2017)

Thursday Mar 29, 2018

7pm

Loft Cinema

In Person: QUEST Editor Lindsay Utz

»more info at QUEST website

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 basement 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.

“QUEST is as smoothly fashioned and confidently edited as much of Barbara Kopple’s work. Credit QUEST editor Lindsay Utz, who was also responsible for the expert assembly of BULLY, the teen bullying doc.”
The Independent

“Editor Lindsay Utz’s crisp cuts and tonal blends magnify our inside peek at this remarkable family.”
–Hollywood Reporter

“Beautifully carving out a film that feels at once narratively firm and organically shaped from over 300 hours of footage across the years, Olshelfski and editor Lindsay Utz happily save room for the small stuff: the fleeting pleasures of braiding hair and shooting hoops, along with everyday arguments over finances and child-rearing, particularly as P.J.’s emerging adult identity challenges her parents’ expectations.”
Variety

»A. O. Scott review in the New York Times: ‘Quest’ Is a Moving Portrait of an American Family

Lindsay Utz (Editor)

Lindsay Utz, Editor

U of A Media Arts (now Film & Television) alumna Lindsay Utz (BA, 2003) is an award-winning documentary film editor based in Chicago. In addition to QUEST, her other credits include the Oscar-shortlisted BULLY (Tribeca FF 2011), FIRST POSITION (TIFF 2011), BUOY (Ashland FF 2013), IN COUNTRY (Full Frame 2014), two Emmy-nominated FRONTLINE episodes (PBS 2015/2016) and multiple shorts for the New York Times. In 2012 Utz was awarded the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship, named in honor of Errol Morris’s late editor. Lindsay’s current project, with Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, is in post-production. She teaches Advanced Documentary Editing at Northwestern University’s MFA in Documentary Media program as an adjunct faculty member.