Ice Bridge Filmmakers Bios


Mark Rensel:

Cinematographer/DP, Original Music/Composer, Picture Editor, Sound Editor, Sound Mixer

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Mark has worked as a musician, sound engineer and film composer. His compositions for nature films have been shown on PBS and Discovery channels. He came to Mackinac Island to visit his best friend Jenifer Silvernale in the early 90's. After several visits he arranged to spend entire summers on the island, founded and managed for six years while filming "freelance" for various island video projects. Mark and Jenny were married on the island in 1998 and Ice Bridge is their first entirely self-produced feature film.

Jenifer Silvernale:

Coproducer, Collaborator, Narrator

Originally from East Lansing, MI, Jenifer graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, where she first met Mark. She decided to try out a summer on Mackinac Island in the mid 80's. A little art-card she painted eventually led to her becoming the island's resident sign maker. For over twenty years her delightful signs have contributed to the island’s quaint atmosphere. In the winter months she has collaborated with her husband Mark on various multi-media and music projects. Jenifer co-produced and narrated Ice Bridge: Mackinac Island's Hidden Season.