Join us for a special “sneak peak” preview screening of QUEST, the award-winning film about North Philly’s own Rainey family and their basement music studio– Everquest Recordings– the home of “Freestyle Fridays!”
11 AM – 1 PM
Screening + Q&A with the Rainey family and the filmmakers
1 – 1:15 PM
Break for lunch for 1st set of workshops. Brown Bag lunch provided. Vegetarian option available.
Women’s Roundtable: Growing Your Power
Led by: Shesheena Bray, Sankofa Community Empowerment, Philadelphia
(All self-identifying women and girls welcome. High school age and up)
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
Led by: Quentin Walcott, CONNECT – Safe Families, Peaceful Communities
(All self-identifying men and boys welcome, ages 14 and up)
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
Youth music making: beats, lyric and song writing
Led by: Michael O’Bryan, Village of Arts & Humanities
(All are welcome. High school age and up)
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 Intellectual disAbility Services; The Engage Media Project; Greater Philadelphia Film Office; Mural Arts Philadelphia; Natural Creativity; Philadelphia CeaseFire; Rooftop Films; Scribe Video Center; Wavelength Films, Wyncote Foundation.
About the Film
Filmed for almost a decade, QUEST is the 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 comittment, healing and hope– for the family and the community they love.