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.