Andrew Jenks became an overnight sensation when his HBO documentary Room 335 captivated audience’s giving us a disarming and in depth look into the world of a nursing home. Since then, he has risen to become one of America’s most unique TV personalities with his hit MTV show “World Of Jenks” (One of my favorite shows) which just debuted it’s second season last Monday, and now hopes to add bestselling author to his already padded resume with his fun new book “My Life As A Young Filmmaker”. Here is Andrew’s story from his MTV bio:
“My name is Andrew Jenks, and I am a 24-year-old filmmaker.
When I was nineteen years old I moved into a nursing home for over a month and documented what life was like when you are near the end. What began as a low-budget summer project turned into a feature documentary that went on to premiere on HBO and play in theaters around the world. As I received emails and letters from viewers who profoundly related to the senior citizens in the film, I couldn’t help but think, “I also want to tell the stories of my generation. I want to be a filmmaker that is able to capture what my generation thinks, how they act and what they ultimately stand for.” This became the inspiration behind my new MTV show, World Of Jenks.
Along with a small camera crew, I embed myself in various worlds and live in the shoes of people my age from all walks of life. I try to understand what is at stake in their world, and ultimately, what is at stake in their lives. Over the last six months I have lived with an MMA cage fighter, a young man with autism, an animal rescuer, a rapper, a poker player, even a NFL cheerleader. On day one of filming, I always have an idea of what the story is for each character. I have an idea of what is at stake. But I always leave with a different perspective and thus a story that I never saw coming.
Every young person I meet has a unique way of speaking to our generation. Their story is personal but their message is universal: to make a difference and leave their own unique stamp on society. ‘World of Jenks’ represents the voice of a generation and there is no better place to showcase this perspective than MTV.”
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with the incredibly talented Andrew Jenks #InTheLab to talk about Season 2 of MTV’s hit show “World Of Jenks”, his new book “My Life As A Young Filmmaker”, what it’s like telling other people’s stories in such a disarming and unique manner, how he wouldn’t take Nofor an answer in going after his dreams, why Bobby Valentine (Whom he also did a documentary about) is a God in Japan, and soo much more!
MAKE SURE TO CATCH BRAND NEW EPISODES OF MTV’S WORLD OF JENKS ON MONDAYS AT 11PM
Here is a great interview Andrew Jenks just gave The Hollywood Reporter right before chatting with me: