Jonathan Olshefski, a graduate of Temple University’s MFA in Film and Media Arts program, has been awarded a MacArthur Foundation grant for completion of his documentary Quest: The Fury and the Sound. This year marks the largest investment in documentaries for the foundation with a total of $2.5 million awarded to nineteen different documentaries and interactive projects.
Olshefski’s documentary, Quest: The Fury and the Sound, follows the experiences of an African American family who, despite being victimized by gun violence, continue to embrace their community.
Olshefski began his journey with the subjects of the documentary, the Rainey family, in 2006 as a photo project that eventually developed into a documentary once he began attending Temple in 2007. Since then, the story has shifted and grown as the family has experienced their own significant life events, and the project itself has found success with acceptance into the IFP Documentary Lab and support from Cinereach.
The MacArthur Foundation is one of the nation’s largest independent foundations that seeks to support creative people and effective institutions committed to social change. The foundation receives about 5,200 grant requests a year, with nearly 500 of those proposals being documentary film proposals.