Jan Jensen & Mark Davis - The Bear and the Owl | Wisconsin Public Television

Jan Jensen & Mark Davis - The Bear and the Owl

Jan Jensen & Mark Davis - The Bear and the Owl

Premiere date: May 12, 2017

In 1986, a young girl from Beloit, WI was about to celebrate her 7th birthday in the Boston Children’s Hospital. After her teacher puts an article in the local newspaper requesting cards from the community, a complete stranger responds by sending her a handmade card every day for two and half years. The heartwarming bond that forms between them showcases the healing power of love, empathy and compassion. 30 years later, as she’s about to undergo her 42nd (and hopefully last) surgery, Joni’s optimistic strength is an inspiring example of the difference that a simple act of kindness can make. 


Mark Davis | Director, “The Bear and the Owl”
Mark Davis started out as an Art Director and worked in advertising for almost twenty years. Though he enjoyed developing campaigns for global brands, he realized what he found most interesting was the storytelling. 
Four years ago he left the corporate world and co-founded Tin Boat Productions in order to pursue his true love--filmmaking. His first feature documentary, Cloudmont, has a cult following and won Best Southeastern Film at the Lookout Wild Film Festival. 
Jan Jensen | Executive Producer, “The Bear and the Owl”
Jan Jensen started out her career in Chicago as an Art Buyer, producing print photo shoots for large global clients. In 2002, Jan moved to New York and began a career in Creative Management, overseeing the talent and culture of several major ad agencies. 
In 2014, Jan and her husband co-founded Tin Boat Productions, making documentary films and online content. Through their work they try to create awareness around conservation, showcase inspiring stories or support worthy causes. 

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