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. That same year, when a paleontologist friend sparked the idea for another story, Wanzek began working to produce his newest film, Valley of Bones, portions of which were filmed at his Pitchfork Ranch property near Amidon, North Dakota. Valley of Bones has been picked up by Sony for distribution and release in 2017. Additional films in various states of development by Bad Medicine Films include Compliance Check, Pilgrim, Recall, and Human Capital, among others.
An American engineer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Wanzek currently serves as President of Bad Medicine Films, LLC.
Jon graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Jon was employed as a project engineer for a general contractor and subsequently as a facilities project manager for an international company. Jon next joined Wanzek Construction, Inc. of Fargo, ND. Wanzek Construction specialized in food processing plants, energy projects, and heavy/civil construction. Wanzek Construction was acquired by MasTec in 2008. Jon served as President of the group until 2010.
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. Outside 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.
As a film producer, Jon finds his inspiration from deep within history, and from those events that have a long and lasting impact on society as a whole. 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. At his core, Jon Wanzek is a master creator, an innovator, and a skilled storyteller whose ability to bring real stories to life has established him as one of the most respected, and most promising, new producers in Hollywood.
When Jon is not bringing joy to new audiences through his film producing, he enjoys skiing, scuba diving, tennis and hiking. Jon also enjoys spending time at his cabin on Bad Medicine Lake in Minnesota, the inspiration for his production company. Jon operates a 3,000 acre working cattle operation in North Dakota known as Pitchfork Ranch, which has been identified as the ideal setting for future independent, and feature, projects to come.
Dan Glaser has been working as an independent filmmaker since late 2008. He currently produces through Unmarked Van Films, a joint production company that is shared by his longtime collaborators, screenwriter Timothy J. Meyer and actor Steven Molony.
His first feature-length film, Pinching Penny, received a multi-platform release on October 11th, 2011 and is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster Online, Vudu and more. The film was distributed internationally in 2012. His second feature, Oxenfree, is currently in post-production. It is penned by Meyer and stars Molony.
His debut novel, A Fistful of Nothing, was published March 18th, 2014.
Glaser is an alumni of Trollwood Performing Arts School and teaches film study intensives there every June.
Steven Molony is 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. He most recently worked on the feature film, Valley of Bones, alongside Autumn Reeser, and Mark Margolis.
Additionally, Molony is attached to several other films in various stages of development. He has also been an active member of Bearded Men Improv since the group was founded in 2006.