Regent Square Theater
5 – 10 p.m.
Pittsburgh cinephiles will be the first to see Jon Olshefski’s award-winning documentary, “Quest,” when it premieres Friday night at the recently reopened Regent Square Theater.
The event kicks off with a free opening reception and photography exhibition at the adjacent Concept Art Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will showcase 35mm prints Olshefski took while making the film.
The 7 p.m. screening will be followed by a Q&A with Olshefski, who will be joined by documentary filmmaker Tony Buba and hip-hop artist and activist Jasiri X.
Ten years in the making, the cinema vérité film portrait follows Christopher “Quest” Rainey, and his wife, Christine’a “Ma Quest,” as they raise a family while supporting a community of hip-hop artists in their home music studio, creating a safe space and creative sanctuary in their North Philadelphia neighborhood.
A moving exploration of race and class, as well as a tribute to love, healing and hope, “Quest” has been selected for 75 international festivals and has won multiple awards and prizes.
A native of Squirrel Hill and Turtle Creek, Olshefski was named one of “9 New Directors You Need to Watch” by “The New York Times.”