Monday, September 20, 2010

The World of Jenks

MTV is a channel I associate more with guilty pleasures (ehem...Teen Mom and Jersey Shore) rather than thought-provoking programming. Then I saw the show The World of Jenks. Andrew Jenks is a 20-something filmmaker who spends time with people in all walks of life to try to get a bit of their perspective and documents it. Rather than the usual hands-off approach to documentary film-making, Jenks builds these unique relationships that are quite touching. Apparently he first broke into the film scene with a documentary he made of his experience of moving into a nursing home for a few months during the summer when he was 19 to get a grasp of the day-to-day of people who are nearing the end of life.

Needless to say, I really like the show. It's funny and sad and good.

This is a clip from a post-show meet-up with Chad, a guy living with autism:

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