My Adventures as a Young Filmmaker
by Andrew Jenks
Reviewed by Matthew S.
McCracken School, 6th Grade
Would you ever dream of moving into a retirement home as a teenager? Or want to roam Japan with Bobby Valentine, one of the best managers in MLB? Well, Andrew Jenks did those things, while also being an astounding filmmaker. At the young age of 19, he sold his movie Room 335. Two years later he went to Japan to make a film about Bobby Valentine called, The Zen of Bobby V. A few years after that, his show The World of Jenks premiered on MTV.
This autobiography, My Adventures as a Young Filmmaker showed the hardships of Andrew Jenks’ life at a young age and as an adult. Those hardships included extreme homesickness and insomnia. Also explained in the autobiography is that Jenks got into film at a very young age. When he was growing up in Belgium, he always carried his camera with him. Later, when Jenks was in high school, he decided to submit some of his episodes to a smaller TV station in his hometown. A few episodes aired, but the show was later rejected because of a controversial situation.
Before I read this book, I had no interest in reading autobiographies. But after reading this book, it didn’t feel like an autobiography. It felt more like a novel! My Adventures as a Young Filmmaker is a good book for anyone who loves movies and films.
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