QUEST: A Portrait of an American Family - Screening & Community Event Weekend

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
Church of the Advocate: 1801 Diamond St (and N 18th St), North Philadelphia
QUEST: A Portrait of an American Family - Screening & Community Event Weekend
August 26th, 2017 11:00am - 4:00pm
Church of the Advocate: 1801 Diamond St (and N. 18th St), North Philadelphia
Join CONNECT’s Co-Director Quentin Walcott in North Philadelphia on August 26 for a weekend of community events, including a special “sneak peek” preview screening of QUEST, the award-winning documentary film! 
Filmed for almost a decade, “QUEST: A Portrait of an American Family” is a moving portrait of North Philly’s own Rainey family, and their basement home music studio, Everquest Recordings— a creative sanctuary for the neighborhood. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, the film follows Christopher “Quest” Rainey and his wife Christine’a “Ma Quest” as they raise a family and host “Freestyle Fridays,” a weekly event where all are welcome to get on the mic. Epic in scope, QUEST is a profound testament to love and commitment, healing and hope — for the family and the community they love.
“…a living, breathing, stunning documentary…”
- Variety
“Class and race intersect meaningfully in the wonderful documentary QUEST…[the film’s] power arises from its insistence on how larger forces affect lives, an intersection of the personal and the political…”
- The New York Times 
This event is free and open to the public - RSVP required. Admission is first come, first serve - seating is limited.
Check out the Facebook event here.


Saturday, Aug 26th, 11 AM - 4 PM
Matinee screening and community workshops for all (descriptions below)
11 AM - 1 PM - Screening + Q&A with the Rainey family and the filmmakers

1 - 1:15 PMBreak for lunch for 1st set of workshops. Brown Bag lunch provided. Vegetarian option available.

Women’s Roundtable: Growing Your Power 
(All self-identifying women and girls welcome. High school age and up)
Led by: Shesheena A. Bray, Sankofa Community Empowerment
This group will explore leadership and community organizing for black women and femmes, of all ages. Participants will discuss collective and individual action in addressing the well-being of communities.The importance of intersectionality, trauma, and self-care will also be shared.

Men’s Roundtable: Cultivating Healthy Manhood and Healthy Communities
(All self-identifying men and boys welcome, ages 14 and up)
Led by: Quentin Walcott, CONNECT
A conversation and strategy session that looks at manhood, fatherhood, and other forms of masculinity that are strong themes in QUEST. How can men of color cope effectively with structural oppression, and what role can they play to prevent violence and build safer and more peaceful communities?

2:30 - 2:45 - Break for lunch for 2nd set of workshops. Brown Bag lunch provided. Vegetarian option available.

Sounds & Stories: Raise Your Voice
(All are welcome. High school age and up) 
Led by: Michael O’Bryan, The Village of Arts and Humanities
Youth music making: beats, lyric and song writing: In this hands-on workshop, participants will be making beats, writing songs and lyrics. They will learn simple methods and practices to develop their music making and writing process. The session will also share organizations and resources in the city where they can further their music skills and opportunities.

How to Create Thriving Communities
Led by: Hilary Beard, Author & Coach
The award-winning author and coach will share important research around parenting, community care, and creating environments optimal for the development of Black girls and boys. Hilary will share practices we can all use to create spaces that help young poeple develop problem-solving skills, intergenerational relationships, and other crucial elements for positive development.

Partners and presenters include:
Church of the Advocate; The Village of Arts and Humanities; WURD Radio; GreenLight Fund; BDC-Black Documentary Collective; BlackStar Film Festival; Campaign for Black Male Achievement; CONNECT/Quentin Walcott; Department of Behavioral Health and disAbility Services; The Engage Media Project; Greater Philadelphia Film Office; Mural Arts Philadelphia; Natural Creativity; Philadelphia Ceasefire; Rooftop Films; Sankofa; Scribe Video Center; Wavelength Films; Wyncote Foundation.