Andrew Jenks (director/producer) is twenty-one years old and has lived in New York City,
Katmandu, Nepal, Brussels, Belgium and Japan. He is on a leave of
absence from New York University, where he is a Tisch University
Scholar at the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television.
When Andrew was 16 he founded the Hendrick Hudson Film Festival. By its second year, the festival hosted keynote speaker James Earl Jones and has since become one of the biggest high school film festivals in the United States.
At age 19, Andrew moved into an assisted living facility in Florida in order to capture "the meaning of life" from the elderly residents. What started as a simple, low-budget documentary turned into an international hit. ANDREW JENKS: ROOM 335, starring Jenks and a group of elderly facility residents, went on to win top prizes at a number of international film festivals. HBO has bought the rights and plans to release the film in January 2008.
Currently, Andrew is in Japan working on his next film, THE ZEN OF BOBBY V, which tracks Bobby Valentine, an American baseball coach who has become a national icon in Japan. Andrew will be documenting Bobby's team, the Chiba Lotte Marines, for an unprecedented seven months. The film is set to premiere on ESPN in April.
Jonah Quickmire Pettigrew (cinematographer/editor) was the cinematographer and editor for the HBO/Cinemax documentary "Andrew Jenks Room 335". He is currently directing the ESPN Film "The Zen of Bobby V" a documentary about Bobby Valentine, manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines in Chiba Japan. He has also directed a short film, "Zuniga".
Jonah has been making movies since he was 11 years old. In 2000 he was featured in a The New York Times Magazine "New American Worker: Film at 11". He is also the founder of "Kids Making Movies," a summer film camp for middle school kids in his hometown of New Haven, CT. Jonah will graduate from New York University's Tisch Institute of Film and Television in May 2008.
William Godel (assistant director) is currently attending New York University seeking a major in philosophy. Will has helped under privileged children make animated films as an instructor of “Animation: Minds in Motion,” a community service project established in his hometown of Westchester, New York.