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Often dubbed 'the voice of his generation,' ANDREW JENKS is an award-winning filmmaker who has lived in New York City, Katmandu, Nepal, Brussels, Belgium and Chiba, Japan. Recently adding 'author' to his list of accomplishments, Andrew released his first book, "My Adventures As A Young Filmmaker," to coincide with the second season launch of his highly successful documentary series on MTV, "World of Jenks." In both the book and the show, Andrew brings the viewer into the life of his subjects and ultimately allows the audience to see the world through someone else's eyes. It's this type of intimate connection that Andrew is able to draw from his subject and himself that rings authenticity to his peers and audience. Although he may still be young, Andrew's accomplishments and developing body of work shows a wisdon and maturity beyond his years with no alowing down in sight.
When Andrew was 16, he founded the Hendrick Hudson Film Festival. By its second year, the festival hosted keynote speaker James Earl Jones and has since become one of the biggest high school film festivals in the United States.
At age 19, Andrew moved into an assisted living facility in order to capture the true essence of this often overlooked community. What started as a simple, low-budget documentary turned into an international hit. ANDREW JENKS, ROOM 335, starring Andrew and a group of elderly facility residents, went on to win top prizes at a number of domestic and international film festivals. HBO released the film domestically in 2008 to rave reviews and critical acclaim. The Daily News said, "It's almost impossible to believe that a kid could produce a documentary like this. It's a gorgeous, hilarious, sad, wonderful, unblinking look at the joy of life - even at the end of it... Bravo, Andrew Jenks. Brilliant."
At 21, ESPN financed Andrew's second film, THE ZEN OF BOBBY V, which tracked Bobby Valentine, an American baseball coach who had become a national icon in Japan.
In 2010, Andrew launched "World of Jenks" on MTV where he focused on stories not normally told: from a young homeless owman, to a physically abused football star, to a young adult with autism. The series launch garnered over 5-million viewers, marking MTV's highest rated series launch ever.
Andrew also served as the main correspondent for MTV News' coverage of the 2012 Presidential Election, including the special, "When I was 22," a documentary in which Andrew interviews candidates to see how their experience as youths had impacted who they had become.
Andrew has appeared on NBC's The Today Show, CBS' The Early Show, Fox News Channel's Fox and Friends, MSNBC, CNN, and has been interviewed on dozens of other television, print, and radio programs worldwide.
"It was FABULOUS!!!!!!! Andrew was personable and a great speaker with a great message. The 450 students (standing room only; we had a waiting line to get in) loved it and said things like 'he has the only worthwhile show on television.' He was most generous about signing autographs and taking photographs with maybe 200 students after the program, and took their email addresses, twitter accounts, etc. when they proferred the info to him. Several of the female students propositioned him on the spot, and he handled them very tactfully. He was terrific!"
"Just wanted to let you know that Jenks did a great job tonight!!! We had over 1,000 people in attendance at the event!!!! Thanks again for helping me bring him to campus!! The students loved him!"