Andrew Jenks - Founder
Often dubbed 'the voice of his generation', Andrew Jenks is an award-wining filmmaker that has lived and filmed all over the world. At age 19, Andrew moved into an assisted living facility in order to capture the true essence of this often overlooked community. 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 domestic and international film festivals. The film premiered in theaters and on television around the world. HBO released the film domestically in January 2008 to rave reviews and critical acclaim.
At 21-years-old, ESPN financed Andrew’s second film, THE ZEN OF BOBBY V, which tracked Bobby Valentine, an American baseball manager who has become a national icon in Japan. The film premiered at the 2008 TriBeca Film Festival.
In 2010, Jenks created MTV’s WORLD OF JENKS, focusing on stories not normally told: from a young homeless woman, to a physically abused football star, to a young adult with Autism. Jenks imbeds wholeheartedly into disparate lives and in the process pioneers a new style of storytelling for the millennial generation. The series launch garnered over 5 million viewers, marking MTV's highest rated series launch ever. Season 2 of WORLD OF JENKS expanded to hour long episodes, as Jenks followed three subjects over the course of a year.
Jenks was the face for MTV News’ coverage for the 2012 Presidential Election, traveling the country speaking with Millennials and asking questions to Presidential candidates.
More recently, Scholastic Books released Jenks’ first book, “Andrew Jenks; My Adventures as a Young Filmmaker”. His third feature film was also recently announced, “The Untitled Ryan Ferguson Documentary”, which has already began shooting.
2013 has proven to be a busy year for Andrew. He launched the largest high school film festival in the country, The All American High School Film Festival, at the AMC Theaters in Times Square; made an 8 episode web series for GANT clothing, It's About A Girl; and is currently working on a documentary for ESPN due out soon, a feature documentary for The MAC AIDS Fund due out in September and an untitled feature documentary on Ryan Ferguson.
Tom Oliva - Co-Founder, Executive Director
Tom has worked with young creatives in myriad capacities for over 15 years. His experience as an English, Film, and Creative Writing educator provides him with essential knowledge of both the adaptive and practical skill sets necessary for creative success. Tom’s core strengths are his ability to motivate, communicate, and organize creative individuals ultimately resulting in tangible, entertaining content. In addition, Tom’s experience as a Co-Founder and Executive Director for the All American High School Film Festival has enabled him to navigate the intricacies of the startup world, including building long-term relationships with a vast network of creative millennials.
Brian Lindenbaum - Co-Founder, Director Customer Experience and Operations
Brian brings a variety of business experience with him to the team. Prior to Co-Founding the AAHSFF he spent three years growing award-winning filmmaker Andrew Jenks’ production company. During this time he produced two feature documentaries, an ESPN 30 for 30 short documentary and a scripted web series. In 2016 Brian completed his MBA at Northeastern University.
Eric Jacks - Director of Marketing and Communications
Eric Jacks is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the All American High School Festival and Co-Founder | Board Member of Student Arts Project. In this role he is responsible for overseeing all marketing initiatives and strategic partnerships on behalf of the festival and the foundation. A seasoned marketing executive with more than 15 years of experience, Eric is tasked with helping build these organizations by leveraging his network of relationships with various brand and celebrity partners.
Prior to AAHSFF, he was head of the Entertainment and Intellectual Property group at Rogers & Cowan, one of the world’s leading entertainment publicity and marketing firms with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and Florida. There he was responsible for development of various multi-platform, branded-entertainment initiatives for R&Cs brand and talent clients through the creation of entertainment franchises, development of original content strategies and monetization of their intellectual property. This included projects for Sony Pictures Television, Billboard, The Grammy’s and numerous others.
Before Rogers & Cowan, Eric was a Senior Agent/Executive at CAA managing Global Brand Partnerships as part of CAA’s Lifestyle Talent division, while also serving as a member of the Executive Team for CAA’s digital content practice. His efforts included developing groundbreaking entertainment franchises for high profile clients including Anthony Zuiker (“CSI”), Kevin Spacey (“American Beauty,” “Usual Suspects”) and John Woo (“Face Off,” “Mission Impossible II”).
Prior to CAA, he served in various Executive Producer and Brand Strategy roles at several high profile media industry companies including Yahoo!, Tribal DBB, RAPP, Slingshot, Vimation and The Regan Group.
Eric’s career accomplishments include the creation of award-winning campaigns and strategic partnerships for brands such as Victoria’s Secret, NBC Universal, ABC, Lionsgate, Dreamworks, The New York Times, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Samsung, Hilton Hotels, Mattel and Ford/Lincoln.
Becca Prucha - Content Creator, Festival Outreach Director and Volunteer Coordinator
Becca has been working with AAHSFF since it's inception. In 2013 she started as a volunteer and with hard work, determination and a lot of enthusiasm, she has helped make the festival what it is today. Becca is currently the Outreach Director and Volunteer Coordinator for the festival. She is considered one of our Swiss Army Knife team members who is involved with graphic design, video production, event planning, social media marketing and a thousand other things behind the scenes.
Alec Pugliese - Content Creator, Festival Production Coordinator
Alec has been working with AAHSFF since 2015. He is also considered one of our Swiss Army Knife team members. Alec is involved with festival production, social media marketing, graphic design, video production, festival outreach, website design and anything else that is behind the scenes.
Alec graduated from Towson University with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts. He is the Co-Owner of a the video production company Human Kindness Productions which has produced work for companies like AT&T, The Maryland State Arts Council, King, and (RED). He is proficient with Final Cut and Adobe Creative Suite programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, Indesign and Lightroom. When he is not behind the computer he is a bassist and freelance visual artist.
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