At age 19, Andrew Jenks moved into an assisted living facility in Florida in order to capture "the meaning of life" from its elderly residents. What started as a simple, low-budget documentary turned into an international hit, Andrew Jenks, Room 335.
Since then, he’s lived the life of a 96-year-old, an NFL Cheerleader, a rapper and a homeless person--among many others--on his MTV show World of Jenks. He brought Ali a copy of his new book, My Adventures As a Young Filmmaker, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at Jenks’ childhood, his early success, and his most meaningful projects.
Ali asked him which of his many experiences affected him the most, emotionally. He told her about one night when he was filming in the nursing home, and the power went out. Many of the senior citizens were frightened and confused. “Some of them had dementia, they didn’t know where they were walking, they were peeing in their bed, they didn’t have proper oxygen,” Jenks remembered. “The next day, IRead More »from Laughing and Crying with Andrew Jenks