Magazine article Variety

McDermott and Jenks Give Student Filmmakers a Chance

Magazine article Variety

McDermott and Jenks Give Student Filmmakers a Chance

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"If you have one person in your life to believe in you, you can do anything," Dylan McDermott says between takes on the set of his new CBS show, "Stalker."

For Andrew Jenks, the founder of the Varsity Brands All American High School Film Festival, being held Oct. 24-26 in New York, that person was McDermott.

"Dylan was one of the first people (who) told me I wrote a good script," says the 28-year-old Jenks, best known for his awardwinning MTV documentary series "World of Jenks."

When searching for support for the festival, Jenks says McDermott was his first consideration.

"I thought about who I knew that would be willing to give their time even when their time is precious," he explains.

The two met a few years ago through a mutual friend, discussed a film written by Jenks for McDermott to star in, and bonded over a shared desire to help highschool-age kids step out creatively, particularly with arts programs being slashed in schools, and filmmaking an art form easily adapted by teens since the rise of mobile technology and DSLR cameras.

So the two - along with Ed Burns and Hollywood friends like Doug Ellin and Kristen Stewart - are paying it forward. The fest's prizes include one week on a Relativity Studios movie, and a weeklong gig on a documentary project by Siskel/ Jacobs Prods. …

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