A HEALING, Magnanimous Love Story Honoring our Deepest INTEGRITY:

QUEST – The Truth Always Rises

“In Honor of Tim Moellering & All the MENTORS, TEACHERS, & COACHES that Help the Kids that Need It the Most”

WARNING! IF YOU ARE NOT READY TO FACE YOUR TRUTH – DO NOT WATCH.*

A HEALING, Magnanimous Love Story Honoring our Deepest INTEGRITY:

 

 

QUEST

  The Truth Always Rises

“In Honor of Tim Moellering & All the MENTORS, TEACHERS, & COACHES that Help the Kids that Need It the Most”

WARNING! IF YOU ARE NOT READY TO FACE YOUR TRUTH – DO NOT WATCH.*

A Fearless True Story of Courage, Faith & Forgiveness

“Lying might get you what you want in the short run, but honesty will get you what you need in the long run.” – Tim Moellering

*If you choose to watch QUEST, I’d like to warn you with love, it’s brutal truth and offer my sincerest apologies if it’s too much.  Healing requires going toward the truth and that can take time to face. At some point, the Truth Always Rises. Through the struggle, the power of love will come and shift everything. By the end of the movie, it should open a door to transformation and welcomes you to a more fruitful path of truth, empathy, health, and forgiveness.

Audience reaction at World Premiere in Germany:

Starring Dash Mihok (Ray Donovan), Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba), Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad) & Lakeith Stanfield (Sorry to Bother You, Get Out, Atlanta…) & Introducing Greg Kasyan (upcoming Netflix Original “Daybreak”)

WARNING! IF YOU ARE NOT READY TO FACE YOUR TRUTH – DO NOT WATCH.*

What Lou Diamond Phillips says:

“Trust Your Struggle” – Debt (played by Lakeith Stanfield)

Audience Members from Mill Valley Film Festival explain why Hollywood is fearful:

“#1 Film on ZED’s Top 10 Movies of 2017” (posted by the Producers of #2 Good Time)

A Letter from A Juvenile Detention Center in Arkansas that Removed the Locks Off their Doors One Year Later

A year ago, we showed the movie Quest at the White River Regional Juvenile Detention Center (WRRJDC) in Batesville, Arkansas—and it has completely transformed the lives of everyone who saw it. So much so, I want to share its powerful message of hope, redemption, and compassion with you.
 
To understand the movie’s true impact, I should first let you know just how dark of a past we’re coming from at our facility. While we’ve been upfront about it with the FBI and media, what went down at White River Regional between the years of 2012–2014 has had long-ranging consequences we’ve been working to undo. Built in 1998 by a private corporation, the center initially operated to be able to profit off locking up youth. It was eventually sold to the county, and in 2012 entered a scary, dark patch when a new administrator was hired who decided to make the facility her own island of control.  She re-wrote policies, fired most of the veteran staff, and hired people who knew nothing about working with youth or the juvenile justice system.  She cut off communication with other facilities and trained the new hires with falsified state guidelines that she had written herself, including using excessive force and making sure the youth never wanted to be locked up again.  She and staff falsified thousands of reports in an attempt to cover up what was occurring. 
 
Thankfully, a brave employee went to the County Judge to reveal what was happening, who together contacted the FBI to investigate.  In 2014, the administrator and staff members suspected of being involved were all fired.
 
Shortly after I applied for her job at WRRJDC, but was offered the position of a juvenile detention officer instead. I eagerly accepted.  With over 14 years of experience in the adult incarceration system, I recognized WRRJDC was being run like an adult facility, and was determined to change it.  Several months later the administrator resigned, so I applied for the position and this time was selected.
 
To change radically, we were going to reinforce inmates positively instead of negatively. We phased out punitive practices. We revised training around better ways of communicating with the kids. 
 
Many staff quit, believing that the new approach was not hard enough on the kids.  For those who stayed, they cooperated but the tension between them and the new administration was high.  Together we worked with all three shifts of staff to help ease the process of change, rewriting policies and looking for opportunities to help the staff better understand why the old approach caused more harm than good.  But tensions rose, with staff, the local community, and several other districts who all didn’t like how we were changing. I wasn’t giving up but I also didn’t know how to move forward.
 
That is when a breakthrough occurred. We received a 17-year-old boy from another district, who had been institutionalized since he was 7 and in juvenile detention since 10. His mom was a drug addict, his stepmother had disowned him, and his community had given up hope. His rap sheet included negative, aggressive behavior, but we noticed a glimmer of hope, how his behavior with us was changing.  He was communicating with staff and me instead of acting impulsively.  With every step back, he made two steps forward. 
 
One night, he had a terrible episode. Having taken some metal from his door, he refused to exit his room, threatening to stab anyone who approached.  But a staff member got through to him and he handed over the piece of metal, exiting his room and going to a more private area where I was waiting. We spoke for much of the night, where he admitted that we have been more of a family to him than his own.  He told me things that had happened in his life that no one knew.  We ended the conversation with a handshake and short hug.  I immediately went into my office and cried.  If someone like him, who had been through so much, could keep fighting to overcome all that trauma, only because people were willing to listen to him, how could I not push and fight harder?  The system had to change.
 
I started to publicly speak out and educate the public and those in positions of power, but it wasn’t enough. Then one day, I noticed that a film director/producer was coming to Bentonville, Arkansas, to present his movie at a film festival.  The movie was called Quest.  It was about a troubled boy, and how his teacher and coach, Tim, showed him compassion and that completely changed the trajectory of the boy, who had been giving up and traveling down the wrong path.  It was about the power of love.   I immediately contacted a colleague connected to the festival who gave me his contact information, and I reached out to the director, Santiago Rizzo.  Honestly I was not expecting a response, but hope cannot become reality without trying. Santiago replied.
 
We finally arranged a time for the kids and staff to see his movie, which entailed Santi changing his flight back to California, renting a car, and driving several hours from Bentonville. He did not ask for any money for his services. He only asked for the time to show the kids his movie and time to speak to them afterwards. On May 7, 2018, Santi showed Quest to the kids and spoke with them afterwards. 
After we all watched it together, Santiago revealed that film was about him. Then he did something that many of the kids and staff were not expecting. He confronted the kids with the truth and power of love and empathy.  Kids that who are in our care for offenses such as murder and other violent crimes opened up to him.  They wondered how their lives might be different if they had someone like Coach Tim to just show them love and compassion, to take a chance on them.  Santi did not let the conversation end there.
 
Santi reached out to show them it’s not too late.  Their lives can still change through the power of love, dedication, empathy, and forgiveness.  He pointed out several parts in Quest that illustrate his points. The impact was phenomenal.  Many of the kids cried and opened up to the truth.  They spoke about how they could help each other, help themselves, and most importantly help their communities when they return home. 
 
Only one of the kids had refused to participate, going back to his room instead of talking about the movie after.  After Santi finished speaking with the group, he attempted to reach out to him.  I could not allow Santi to speak with him face to face because the young man was visibly upset and acting aggressively. And a year before, he had ripped the ligaments of two officers and put one on leave of absence. Despite explaining that, Santi still tried, refusing to give up on him. He went to his cell and told him to scream into a pillow until he cried. The young man stared him down with hate and I watched Santi, fearlessly feed him back love, gently shifting his energy and judgement. A week later, he reached out again to see how he was doing.
 
I could not believe the impact that the film Quest had on the youth.  They were opening up and speaking about their trauma, oftentimes for the first time I’ve ever heard.  They were speaking openly about their feelings.  They were not acting out of aggression but instead acting out empathy toward each other.  The youth who walked away, after witnessing what was happening around him, even started opening up.  He started to participate more in school.  His history of attacking other youth and staff seemed nonexistent compared to his behavior before Santi’s visit. It was a spectacular change coming from this young man.
 
The teachers, staff, and therapists at the facility all spoke with enthusiasm about the change in attitude from the youth. The change did not end there—I’ve noticed that the staff had changed too.  They started volunteering their free time to speak to the kids and do projects with them, painting murals and helping kids build gardens. Suddenly it was commonplace to see the staff spending their down time working with kids who needed extra attention.  It was beautiful.
 
Since that date in May, this facility has undergone so many changes.  In all, the facility was not what it was built to be but is becoming what it was supposed to be.  We are leaving the prison of juvenile detention behind.  The locks are coming off the doors as we make the facility into a home away from home for those kids who need help.  Juvenile detention does not work. All children deserve to experience how, despite their current situation, people who show them love and compassion. How people are there to help them reunite with and work with them in their community.  They need to experience that when we challenge our fears, and tell the truth, with love and empathy, we can have a wonderful life. It is not about success and money but about living. 
 
The film Quest reignited a flame in the youth and ignited a flame in the staff that have made real change possible at this facility.  As of May 8, 2019, White River Regional Center is now in the news not for its dark past, but for what we’re pioneering.  We are hoping to be the example for a new approach that is working and cannot fail. On May 10, 2019, we received a phone call from a judge who is part of the Judge’s Panel for Juvenile Justice Reform, who informed me that they are in full support of our transition and she has shown our plan to rest of the panel and are in full support of what we are becoming.   I know this would not have been possible without Quest.  It would not have been possible without Santi opening up, personally reaching out to the kids, and staying in touch about their progress after. His film reached everyone here in a profound and unexpected way. 
 
Quest is more than just a small part of our journey. It not only reached many kids that day, but also changed the attitudes of so many who were supposed to be there for the kids. It changed how they felt about the kids and opened up a more honest, loving way for people to reach kids in need. It was a small seed that has grown into a magnificent tree. The branches reach far and have in turn planted the same seed into the hearts of so many others.
 

Jonathan Pickering

Administrator of White River Regional Juvenile Detention Center

Tim taught in the Berkeley School District for 28 years until he passed away in 2011 from pancreatic cancer. In 2013, the City of Berkeley voted on a $5mm bond to build a grass baseball field on MLK Jr Way which they named in his honor.

Tim did not judge. He believed if a kid has at least one redeeming quality, then he or she is redeemable. Despite being meaner to Tim than anyone he ever knew, Tim shared unconditional love with Santi and taught by never breaking a promise. Tim  didn’t think there was such thing as a bad kid, only a bad situation. He was a great listener and a committed mentor & coach who treated all his students and players the same – with kindness, trust, empathy, and integrity. 

Tim Moellering Field is on MLK Jr. Way & Derby in Berkeley, California

The Power of Kindness

& Launch To Stanford

This unlikely friendship uncovered the astonishing — Santiago’s Quest for learning, healing, sharing, and caring. Without violence or conflict, he was able to channel his intensity, born from trauma, toward getting into college. He became an emancipated minor through the court, Student Body President of his high school and with good grades and hustle, he became a Quest Scholar (nonprofit that helps underserved and low-income youth get into college). After demonstrating an intense drive to succeed and dig deep, he was awarded financial aid to Stanford University.

In a safe, vibrant, creative atmosphere, he gained the tools and space to process his past and focus on a brighter future. Santiago studied, debated, and learned new truths and possibilities. With that confidence, the world continued to open up.  In 2003, Santiago graduated from Stanford with a major in Economics, minor in Psychology and a 3.55 GPA.

WALL STREET – TO HOLLYWOOD – TO DETENTION CENTERS

After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue filmmaking where he met mentors like Haskell Wexler (Oscar winning cinematographer) while catering the Oscars for Wolfgang Puck. This inspired a greater vision, voice, and artist in him. Quest, continued — without a financial pillow to fall back on, and not yet earning the privilege to pursue the arts, he got an internship with a financial advisor, met a “Michael Jordan” of finance catering a party in Malibu, and left Hollywood for the fortunate opportunity of working on Wall Street. While in NYC, he learned from the homeless on Sundays and volunteered at the Administration for Children’s Services (foster care in NYC). When Tim died of pancreatic cancer in 2011, he reached even higher, wanting to pay back his debt and help troubled youth – face their truth – and take action.  After Quest was rejected by every agent and producer Santiago approached, with zero filmmaking experience, he sold the house Tim bought with him, produced and directed Quest. A script he originally wrote with Tim 10 years prior. Quest stands as a living tribute not only to Tim but to all the beautiful mentors, teachers, and coaches who are committed to saving those who are struggling and restoring their ability to dream for a better day. Tim lived as an example of integrity, as he promised; with courage, humility, and empathy. 

This is the house Santiago and Tim bought together. Santi left Wall Street to be with Tim during his final year and worked full time on remodeling it with his own hands. Santi sold it in 2014 in order to create QUEST. Tim never broke a promise to Santi. Before Tim passed, Santi promised he would make Quest in Tim’s honor. Quest is the completion of that promise. Please watch the Eulogy from January 2011 at the bottom of this page.

“All of us struggle. It is only when we share and embrace our struggles that we can collaborate on a newer, bigger and more important Quest toward a safer world.  But we all have our own Quest to get there.  We cannot change anyone else other than ourselves. We do that by focusing on our shadows and privileges and bringing those to light so we can be a source of light for others. The only thing we can control in life is what we give. We cannot control what we receive.” -Santiago Rizzo

“There’s no such thing as a bad kid. Only a bad situation.” – Tim Moellering

“Every child is born as a blank slate – a beautiful blank canvas where anything and everything is possible when we have love, compassion, sharing, and truth. Many of us had to inherit a negative energy that was no fault of our own which we then perpetuate by acting out in unhealthy ways. When we let go of the hate and resentment — when we forgive — we create space for love. Love is the only energy that can heal.” 

Dylan Mattingly was one of Tim Moellering’s students and ballplayers. He wrote all the original score for Quest at just 23 years old. One of the most powerful elements of the movie is the music he wrote, some of which he literally wrote from outside Tim’s garage (which was also the house we filmed out of, the house Tim died in, and the house Santiago used to live in with him). When Dylan was a senior in high school, Tim used to tell Santi that Dylan would be one of the world’s most influential composers. Tim had impeccable taste in music and after watching Quest, I think you will agree that he wasn’t just saying that. Below are a few videos from rehearsal with Dylan in the Member’s section. Please join us.

“Your pain can be the greatest teacher and gift. It is the unexpected and valuable pathway out. You must trust it and have faith.  It WILL get better and there is a future beyond your past. .  When we can accept our discomfort, we can let go and release it, by no longer being a victim to it. Instead we can empower. Light and love suddenly appear where it was not possible before. This is why the first frames of the movie have Mills running with the birds flying away. This is what the movie builds toward.

Let the pain humble you to the release. The truth will eventually rise and set you free.” 

Thaden School screened to their 7th and 9th graders. After the screening, we talked about how understanding the pain someone else might be living in helps us empathize instead of judge and with empathy we can help open up gateways to a better future. We discussed privilege as safety and love and how those of us with it now have a responsibility to share with those of us that don’t yet get it. The kids acting out likely have a struggle we don’t yet know about (and can’t speak about). 

After feedback from the students, parents were very thankful to the administration. I believe it’s time we stop sheltering children from the reality of what other children go through. When we do this, the children with the gift of love from healthier families, FEEL and therefore empathize with the child they would normally be fearful of and isolate. With new understanding of they can step out of fear and come to the rescue with love.

My favorite part of the movie is being of service and seeing the kids shift! They begin to recognize the ways in which they push people away and can begin their Quest of empowerment by not being a victim anymore, and begin taking responsibility for their actions, therefore healing themselves and others while building toward a brighter future. I have a dream that one day these detention centers can become healing centers that produce of the most powerful healers our world has ever seen! These kids have been through the worst pain and trauma. They are our world’s greatest gifts because they have the potential to bring the darkest shadows to the brightest light.

Toby Eagle was one of my best friends as a kid. We used to work together as kids collecting cans in the streets of Berkeley and West Oakland to make some income. His spirit was inspiration for Diego’s character played by Lakeith Stanfield. On March 8, 2011, Toby was shot and killed in Berkeley. Here’s Toby talking about Tim at Tim’s Memorial just 38 days before Toby died. My step-father played by Lou Diamond Phillips, also died in 2011.

 

Santiago Rizzo and Dylan Mattingly’s Eulogy for Tim Moellering, January 29, 2011

Toby Eagle was one of my best friends as a kid. We used to work together as kids collecting cans in the streets of Berkeley and West Oakland to make some income. His spirit was inspiration for Diego’s character played by Lakeith Stanfield. On March 8, 2011, Toby was shot and killed in Berkeley. Here’s Toby talking about Tim at Tim’s Memorial just 38 days before Toby died. My step-father played by Lou Diamond Phillips, also died in 2011.

 

Santiago Rizzo and Dylan Mattingly’s Eulogy for Tim Moellering, January 29, 2011

“Had many audience members sobbing cathartically by film’s end… Gregory Kasyan, plays 12-year-old Rizzo — “Mills” in the film — with an adept, brutally-honest hand that belies his age and leaves you with the distinct impression that you are watching one of our future greats in action...
It’s an assured debut feature that doesn’t pull any punches; you leave the theater transformed...
Rizzo — who screens the film at juvenile detention centers around the country — is the first to point out that some audiences can and will find the film’s subject matter challenging. “We are in a revolution of the evolution of consciousness... But if we are to evolve, our shadows have to come to light.”
MovieMaker Magazine
(https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/festivals/bentonville-film-festival-2018/)  

 

"Quest should be on everyone's awards radar.”
— Andrea Chase/Killer Movie Reviews


 

“Quest is an undiscovered gem… in the same way Forrest Gump defined a generation, it will leave an imprint on your soul in the way audiences have not seen since the quiet truths revealed in the Shawshank Redemption…

Quest deserves wide release so that parents, professors/teacher and caregivers alike may watch and discuss this film in the privacy of their own homes, cafeteria screenings and coming of age slumber parties… Hollywood must have the courage to allow Quest to reach the masses so we may pause, rewind, and press play - over and over again until every tear is wiped from our eyes and pain outcry are no more. The power of a kind word spoken at the right time is evident in this twenty first century masterpiece…”
Alicia Nichols, Emcee at Napa Valley Film Festival
(in “Members" section)


 

"A Modern day ‘The 400 Blows’… Powerful. Greg Kasyan — the Jean-Pierre Leaud to Rizzo’s Truffaud — won best actor at the Oldenburg Film Festival, Europe’s equivalent of Sundance. Ultimately, Inspiring.”
 — Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

 

“Quest is the kind of story that breaks us down so we can build ourselves up, better than before...
This is not a feel good movie. It is a get off your ass and change the world movie; not the whole world, all at once, like a superhero, but bit by bit, one compassionate word and generous act at a time. 
Go see it and bring everyone you know!

— endigomatolla
(IMDb Review: https://www.imdb.com/review/rw4188709/)

 

“This is more than Germany. People are nice but they don’t show their emotions so easily. This happened twice in the history of the festival.”
Torsten Neumann, Director of Oldenburg Film Festival, addressing the standing ovation.


 

“A powerful, tense, amazing performance by young Gregory Kasyan as Mills and a frightening, honest portrayal by Lou Diamond Phillips. Best film I've seen all year, and I spend my life studying and teaching film history and filmmaking. A24, pick up this film!!!.”
David Foulds 
(IMDb Review: https://www.imdb.com/review/rw4208327/)


 

“Quest is likely the Best movie I have ever seen. Real, real, real. Intense, engaging, and ultimately about love, the thing we all so desperately need. We can all learn from this movie, a must see!
— James Schraider
(IMDb Review: https://www.imdb.com/review/rw3834483/)

 

“It was the most talked about film of the Festival - I never heard any comments that did not praise Quest... Exceptional film you will remember.”
 Rich PM (IMDb Review: https://www.imdb.com/review/rw3855627/)


 

“'Quest' is one of the best movies I've ever seen. Go and watch it!”
— larsrandolph
(IMDb Review: https://www.imdb.com/review/rw3808839/)


 

“I’ve never seen a more perfect movie… I’ve never poured down crying like that, ever in my life. Not for a movie.”
Bentonville, Arkansas Audience Member
(testimonial video #2 on home page)


 

“I could have never prepared myself for such a beautifully executed movie...All I have to say is.... WOW. Watch it! But be prepared to cry and have your whole world change after watching it !”
 Julia Sirbu (IMDb Review: https://www.imdb.com/review/rw4010662/)


 

“It will leave you with all sorts of emotions and will move you in ways Hollywood has yet to.”
—@karolinastateofmind on @santi_rizzo Instagram


 

“This film should be shown in every school. It should be mandatory to every parent to see this.”
Cleveland Film Festival Audience Member C
(testimonial video #4 on home page)


 

“‘Quest’ is a film every teacher should see.”
Pamela Powell/Reel Honest Reviews


 

Saw this film last night and was absolutely blown away! It is equally hard to watch and a beautiful story I can’t wait to see again. Don’t miss it and come prepared… I want to be on the books that this will be The Indie film of the year… Of all the films I’ve ever seen, it’s in my top 5.”
Anne Stimac, President, A-Mac Placement
(Santiago Rizzo Facebook public wall)


 

"Brilliant acting ... and a standing ovation… Lou Diamond Phillips at his dramatic best… An inspiring story of hope… Santiago Rizzo is my hero.”
Richard Freedman, Vallejo Times-Herald


 

This movie is soul shifting!! We need to get this movie shared with everyone, but most especially with our young people.”
@reinspirate on @santi_rizzo Instagram


 

“Seriously, I’ve been talking about @questthemovie with my cast, crew, and friends since I left the screening. You are so brave and thoughtful on so many fronts and I really respect that… told Ava about it.”
Cierra Glaude, Ava Duvernay’s mentee, @sh00ter_ on Instagram


 

“Best movie I’ve seen all year.”
Katsitsionni Fox, Urbanworld Audience Member
(Santiago Rizzo Facebook public wall)


 

“The story of Santiago’s childhood inspired me to be more ‘vulnerable’ and this is something my ‘pride’ doesn’t really take it light. This movie is the definition of 'REALISTIC of Inspiration.'”
Junior B.T., 17 year old resident in an Arkansas Juvenile Detention Center
(letter posted in the “Members" section)


 

“Mind Blowing, heart wrenching, and soul filling… I can’t recommend it more highly.”
John Fike, teacher at Berkeley Unified School District
(Santiago Rizzo Facebook public wall).


 

“Quest was one of the BEST films I’ve ever seen… so powerful and so moving.”
-Mendocino Film Festival Audience Member D
(testimonial video #3 on home page)


 

“Realized why Hollywood isn’t listening. The rules are simple, not heroic. Anyone can follow them. They work. Your film, Tim’s film is one I’ll never forget.”
Chris Aigner, Cleveland Audience Member
(Santiago Rizzo Facebook public wall)


 

"It touched something in my heart. It reminded me of God’s Love for us… It was so good. OMG… I can’t stop thinking about it… It impacted me so much.”
-Cleveland Audience Member D
(testimonial video #4 on home page)

“It’s so moving that I can’t even speak. It’s going to take me a while to even make any comments on this movie. That’s my reaction. Truthfully.”
-Cleveland Audience Member A
(testimonial video #4 on home page)


 

“Resonates to much in Cleveland… you are sharing a revolutionary message… resilient unfailing LOVEEEEE.”
@gem2forest_city on @santi_rizzo Instagram


 

"The kids are still talking about Quest. Just had a meeting with one of our therapists and he said it had a phenomenal impact on the residents he is seeing.
— Jonathan Pickering, Administrator of White River Juvenile Detention Center, Arkansas
 (email posted in "Members" section)


 

“I used to be in the streets. I used to do all that stuff. But now that I’m here, that movie made me realize that I need to change my ways of what I’m doing.”
Resident in Cleveland Juvenile Detention Center
(testimonial video #5 on home page, 2nd resident)


 

“Words can not adequately express the awful beauty of this movie... Hit me like American History X... must see!”
Stephanie Comstock
(IMDb Review: https://www.imdb.com/review/rw4154780/)


 

A 5 star film that needs to be seen by Everyone... God is in control of everything. When God says yes… he makes a way out of no way.”
Gloria Wadud, Probation Officer at Alameda County Juvenile Detention Center
(email posted in “Members" section)


 

“It was one of the most moving movies I’ve ever seen. It was so powerful and I told everybody to go see it and everybody who has seen it has come back to me and told me the same exact thing. Quest is a movie that must be seen by EVERYBODY.”
-Mendocino Audience Member
 (testimonial video #3 on home page)


 


“It was brilliant!!”
— Esa Krause, Asst Chief Probation Officer, Alameda County Juvenile Probation Department
(Santiago Rizzo Facebook public wall)


 

“'Trust Your Struggle'... it really touched my heart and made me cry. I would like to buy your movie and recommend to my family and friends. They would love it very much. It's very inspirational and loving."
Resident at Chicago Juvenile Detention Center
(letter in "Member" section)


 

I’m a retired preacher… Pay It Forward was a very moving film, but I think this one was even more authentic, more real. More nitty gritty. More real life. And I understood a lot more through this film about graffiti and about kids that act out… I think you can bring whatever is in your background or heart to the film. I think it’s a universal film.
— Cleveland Audience Member 
(testimonial video #6 on home page)


 

“Honestly one of the best things I’ve seen. Still thinking about it 24 hrs. later. I’ll carry it with me into my classroom each day.”
Cleveland Audience Member/Teacher 
(@clarkey865 on @santi_rizzo Instagram)


 

“Your film made my wife go to tears. She can hardly speak. She was so moved. Very moving.”
-Cleveland Audience Member B
(testimonial video #4 on home page)


 

“I was wrenched with tears from the start of the movie until the very end, and even afterwards. It was emotionally deep and touching. Beautiful.”
-Mendocino Audience Member A 
(testimonial video #3 on home page)


 

“Was hard for me to watch. I was just with that big apple in my throat the whole time. Very very moving. Very real.”
-Mendocino Audience Member B 
(testimonial video #3 on home page)


 

“Quest is the Best... If there’s one film you should see at Slamdance/Sundance... check out this gem.”
Kevin Kunze
(IMDb Review: https://www.imdb.com/review/rw4049306/)


 

Saw one of the best films I have ever experienced last night and even had the opportunity to shake the phenomenal directors hand and get a hug. Quest was awesome and gave me a new insight on life and overcoming struggle! Thank you @santi_rizzo for this amazing film.”
Audience Member at Gasparilla Film Festival in Tampa, FL 
(@dbperez54 on Instagram)


 

“Couldn’t have loved it more… cried from start to finish… it’s amazing everyone needs to see it.”
Nicole Vasquez Henry, Mill Valley Film Festival
(Santiago Rizzo Facebook public wall)


 

“Incredibly Powerful! I can’t quite put it into words right now because it’s so fresh.”
-Cleveland Audience Member A
(testimonial video #1 on home page)


 

“Not only powerful but extremely important. In a world full of ego, we need to embrace humility.”
 @Arashdemaxi on @santi_rizzo Instagram


 

The movie Quest brought tears to my eyes… only love can heal… Thank you so much for sharing your truth with the world through this touching film.”
@lasonrisade_ale on @santi_rizzo Instagram


 

“I was absolutely blown away by this movie… Words just can’t do this movie justice. My favorite movie in the world. Please go watch it!”
—@Pizzathatscold14 on @santi_rizzo Instagram


 

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