Bentonville Film Festival


Friday, May 4, 1:30 PM, Apple Blossom Theatre


Saturday, May 5, 12:30 PM, Honey Bee Theatre

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



Dash Mihok is an American actor best known for playing “Bunchy” Donovan in the Showtime drama Ray Donovan. Mihok has been featured in roles in films such as The Day After Tomorrow, The Perfect Storm, The Thin Red Line, Lifted, Romeo + Juliet, I Am Legend, and Silver Linings Playbook. He has had starring roles in independent features such as Telling You and Loveless in Los Angeles.




Lou Diamond Phillips is an American actor and director. His breakthrough came when he starred as Ritchie Valens in the biographical drama film La Bamba (1987). Phillips was nominated for a Golden Globe and won an Independent Spirit Award. He made his Broadway debut with the 1996 revival of The King and I, earning a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of King Mongkut of Siam. Phillips’ other notable films include Stand and Deliver (1988), Young Guns (1988), Young Guns II (1990), Courage Under Fire (1996), Che (2008) and The 33 (2015).




Lakeith Lee “Keith” Stanfield is an American actor and rapper. He made his feature film debut in Short Term 12 (2013), for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. In 2014, he appeared in the horror film The Purge: Anarchy and in the Martin Luther King biopic Selma as civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson. In 2015, Stanfield appeared in the film Dope and the biopic about the hip-hop group N.W.A, Straight Outta Compton, where he portrayed Snoop Dogg. In 2016, he appeared in the Oliver Stone biopic Snowden and began starring on the Donald Glover Golden Globe award winning TV series, Atlanta. In 2017, he appeared in the critically acclaimed film Get Out, which went on to finish first at the box office on its opening weekend.




From 2008 to 2013, Brandt portrayed Marie Schrader in the AMC drama series Breaking Bad. She auditioned for three different roles before being offered the part of Marie. In 2012, she was cast as Sandy in Parenthood. Brandt was cast as Annie Henry on The Michael J. Fox Show, which premiered in September 2013. Her performance was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews. In 2014, Brandt was cast as one of the lead characters in the ABC series Members Only created by Susannah Grant, but the series did not go forward. She currently stars in the CBS Series Life in Pieces.




QUEST is Greg’s first lead role in a feature film. Prior to getting casted as “Mills”, Greg co-starred in ABC’s The Middle, CBS’s NCIS: New Orleans and Hawaii Five-O. Greg lives in Los Angeles where he has pursued acting since the age of eight studying Stanislavsky and Meisner. When Gregory is not on set, he enjoys playing basketball, spending time with his dog Archie, and hanging with his family.


Interview with Forthright Radio

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Filmmaker’s promise to his mentor resulted in ‘Quest’

One of the reasons filmmaker Santiago Rizzo made his Slamdance narrative feature "Quest" was to fulfill a promise to his life-changing mentor and friend, Tim Moellering. Moellering was a humble Berkeley, California middle school teacher and football coach who took...
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The Graffiti Artist’s Promise

The Graffiti Artist’s Promise Santiago Rizzo made his debut film, ‘Quest,’ to honor the middle-school coach and teacher who refused to give up on him. By Mick LaSalle Photography by Patrick Tehan It happens, but not very often—a movie that...
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Which movies to watch this weekend, Oct. 13

Quest: Like a modern-day “The 400 Blows,” this is a powerful, thinly fictionalized film about the tortured Berkeley childhood of its writer-director Santiago Rizzo. Greg Kasyan — the Jean-Pierre Leaud to Rizzo’s Truffaut — just won best actor at the Oldenburg...
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Keith Stanfield TIME Magazine Interview

by Eliza Berman Ask performers what they were like as children, and you'll often get one of two answers: "I was the center of attention" or "I was a quiet observer." Lakeith Stanfield claims to have been both, in a manner of speaking. "Oh, please," says the...
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Support Quest on Indiegogo

If you'd like to support our film on Indiegogo either by sharing on social media or donating directly, our campaign page is...
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Mill Valley Film Fest: 11 films you’ve got to see

by Randy Myers, Correspondent “Quest”: This lovely, uplifting drama is exactly what we need now; a story honoring compassionate people. It’s inspired by the generous actions of Berkeley High School coach and teacher Tim Moellering who helped redirect the life of...
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Gus Meets Tim

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Inspired by the life of Tim Moellering
Tim Moellering loved teaching. He taught history and sports at Willard Middle School for 20 years and moved in 2004 to Berkeley High. During nearly 30 years as a Berkeley teacher and coach, Tim again touched innumerable students with his kindness and integrity. Tim and Santiago wrote the first draft of what would become “Quest.”
The movie was directed by “Mills” in honor of Tim who died in 2011 of pancreatic cancer.
READ: “A spoken Eulogy by Santiago Rizzo, in Loving Memory of Tim Moellering”


Based on a true story, “Mills” is an abused 12 year old graffiti addict who is losing faith in integrity. Tim Moellering is a humble middle school teacher and football coach in Berkeley California who believes that there is no such thing as a bad kid, only a bad situation. The two form an uneasy friendship when Tim recognizes Mills unhealthy behavior is merely a cry for help. Keeping his promise, Tim is willing to sacrifice his reputation, job and relationships in order win the child’s trust. But Mills cannot trust until he learns to trust his struggle first.