via press release:
MTV ENTERS “THE” AS THE FILMMAKER EXPLORES STRANGERS’ LIVES IN NEW DOCU-SERIES PREMIERING SUMMER 2010
PASADENA, CA – (January 15, 2010) – Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live someone else’s life? Find out this summer when MTV introduces viewers to “The,” the brainchild of award-winning documentary filmmaker Andrew Jenks. This new MTV docu-series follows Jenks as he shadows a complete stranger in each episode - exploring their lives, interacting with their family, hanging with their friends and living life through their eyes. Whether he is on the road with rapper Maino, spending time behind bars at a juvenile detention center or living on the streets with a homeless teen, Andrew Jenks keeps the cameras rolling every hour, every day. “The ” premieres on MTV this summer.
"Andrew Jenks is a gifted filmmaker who captures and uncovers unique slices of American life by fully immersing himself in the reality of each situation so we can live these moments through his eyes," said Tony DiSanto, President of Programming for MTV. "This creator-driven reality project allows its star to shape each episode in front of and behind the camera bringing a new voice and storytelling style to the genre.”
“MTV has always represented the youth generation and I think this docu-series can capture real stories about young people from all walks of life: from living on the streets with a homeless person to living in a war zone with soldiers,” said Andrew Jenks.
Throughout the series, Andrew’s experiences continuously change how he perceives and interacts with the environment around him. For every new journey, Jenks brings the audience closer to understanding someone else’s reality.
For Andrew Jenks’ first film, HBO’s “Room 335,” he moved into an assisted-livin
facility and stayed for over a month. Jenks’ second film, “The Zen of Bobby V” had him spending seven months in Japan filming American baseball manager Bobby Valentine as he managed the Chiba Lotte Marines. Praised by film critics around the world, the film premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.
“The” is Executive Produced and Directed by Andrew Jenks. Mike Powers, Brent Haynes and Brooke Posch are Executive Producers.
“The” was showcased at the TCA conference in Pasadena today