A North Dakota-based

Independent film company


Jon Wanzek established Bad Medicine Films in 2012. This North Dakota-based corporation, named after the family’s Minnesota lake property, produces and finances independent films. With Wanzek at the helm as Executive Producer, the company’s first movie, Ten Thousand Saints, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015 and was followed up by Valley of Bones distributed by Sony in 2017. The next film to be released is the highly anticipated film Human Capital staring Academy Award winning Marisa Tomei, Leiv Shrieber, and Maya Hawke. Other films in the pipeline include Fearless, a biopic on a young Theodore Roosevelt which is also being produced by Shaun Reddick (Get Out, Blackkklansman), culturally significant stories, mysteries and elevated thrillers in various parts of development.

President, Producer

Jon Wanzek

Jon Wanzek is an American engineer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who currently  serves as President of Bad Medicine Films, LLC which he formed in 2013. His first film as  producer was “Ten Thousand Saints” starring Ethan Hawke, Hailee Steinfeld, and Asa Butterfield which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. His follow up, Valley of Bones, was shot entirely in his home-state of North Dakota and went on a nation-wide Sony release.

Wanzek is back in the festival circuit and awards season with “Human Capital”, a drama staring Maya Hawke, Oscar-winning Marisa Tomei and Liev Shreiber which is premiering at Toronto Film Festival in 2019.Wanzek’s passion for history resulted in the development of “Fearless”, a presidential biopic tackling Theodore Roosevelt’s incredible true story of his escape from politics and adversity to become entrenched in fighting outlaws throughout the Badlands in his early twenties. Roosevelt would later claim that if it weren’t for his time in the Badlands he “would never become President.” The film is slated for a 2020 production and is being produced by Shaun Reddick (Blackkklansman, Get Out).

The stories of Bad Medicine Films are ones of triumph, of achievement, of overcoming challenge and of understanding who we are, and our place in world history. These dramatic stories may find their basis in science, technology, faith, or human drama.

Aside from producing and writing, Jon Wanzek is a dedicated philanthropist who supports various charitable organizations within the entertainment industry, including Artists for Peace and Justice and The Creative Coalition. utside of Hollywood, Wanzek has been an avid supporter of such organizations as the Boy Scouts of America, Catholic Relief Services, Doctors without Borders, and other various organizations. 

Director, Writer, Film Consultant

Dan Glaser

Dan Glaser is an award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, and novelist.

His past film directing credits include the crime thriller Pinching Penny and the adventure dramedy Oxenfree, which earned numerous awards on the film festival circuit including Best of Show, Best Picture, Best Directing, and Best Screenplay, among others. His debut novel A Fistful of Nothing was an Amazon Bestseller in both Science-Fiction and Hard-Boiled Fiction, and he is currently drafting a follow-up novel, A Lungful of Glass, as well as a graphic novel series. His most recent film project Valley of Bones was released in theaters nationwide in 2017.

He currently has several film and television projects in development, including a feature (Afterwalker) set to start production in September 2019. He is an alumni of Trollwood Performing Arts School, where he serves as the Film Department Chair and a seasonal guest instructor.

Actor, Writer, Film Consultant

Steven Molony

Born and raised in North Dakota, Steven Molony is now an award-winning film actor in Los Angeles, CA with a background in theatre. Molony landed the lead role of Dr. Arkham on the hit web series, The Joker Blogs, for which he was invited to tour with the Wizard World Comic Con. He went on to win an Indie award for his lead performance as Alex in the independent feature film, Pinching Penny, which was released internationally on DVD and VOD across multiple platforms.

Molony went on to win the Award of Excellence from the Accolade Global Film Competition for his role as identical twin brothers in the feature film, Efficiency, which played as an official selection at the 21st Austin Film Festival and is now available on DVD and VOD.

Following Efficiency, Molony went on to play a character suffering from Cystic Fibrosis in the fantasy/adventure film, Oxenfree, which played at many festivals across the country and won a host of awards, including Best Ensemble Cast. He then worked on the Bad Medicine Films feature, Valley of Bones, alongside Autumn Reeser, and Mark Margolis. The film was distributed in theaters nationwide in September of 2017.

He is now attached to star in the Nordic horror film, Afterwalker, set to film in the fall of this year. He has also been an active member of the improv group Bearded Co. since the group was founded in 2006.

Head of Development

Janek Ambros

Janek Ambros is an award winning producer/writer who received his undergraduate degree in Economics at Siena College. After graduation in 2012, Janek obtained his MFA in Film Producing and found Assembly Line Entertainment where he served as President for 6 years. 

His diverse slate of films which he developed and produced cover the 2008 Recession, the military industry complex, Dostoevsky adaptations and various other sociological topics have played across the globe and received recognition at many BAFTA and Academy Award® accredited festivals as well as winning many international prizes. Notable films as producer are “Ten Thousand Saints” starring Ethan Hawke, “Le Quinze Mai à Paris”, “Imminent Threat”, which tackles the War on Terror’s impact on civil liberties, executive produced by Academy Award nominee James Cromwell, and the upcoming psychedelic comedy “Mondo Hollywoodland” which is set to released in 2020.

Ambros and Wanzek had collaborated for several years as producers, but eventually joined creative forces to write and produce the upcoming film “Fearless”, a biopic on Theodore Roosevelt’s time in the Badlands before becoming President. This collaboration lead to Ambros joining the Bad Medicine Films team in 2019 as Head of Development where he is currently developing several projects for Bad Medicine Films’ upcoming slate.

Executive Producer, Legal Counsel

Brenda Robinson

Brenda Robinson is an entertainment attorney whose practice focuses on intellectual property and entertainment matters on behalf of clients in the music, film and television industries.

Brenda is a graduate of the University of Michigan and obtained a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a certificate in Business & Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. Brenda is a member of The Recording Academy and Film Independent. Brenda also sits on the boards of the Women at Sundance Leadership Council, the International Documentary Association (IDA), and Chicken & Egg Pictures.

Brenda has acted as production counsel and executive producer for numerous documentary and feature film projects. Brenda was most recently an investor on the Academy Award winning documentary Icarus, as well as Step (Sundance Film Festival Official Selection; AFI Docs Audience Award Best Feature), Won’t You Be My Neighbor (Sundance Film Festival Official Selection) and an investor and executive producer on United Skates (Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection; Hot Docs Official Selection).

Our Films

Valley of Bones
Ten Thousand Saints
Human Capital

latest film

Valley of Bones