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.

Founder, Producer, Executive Producer

Jon Wanzek

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.

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.


Janek Ambros

Janek Ambros is an award winning producer and member of the Producers Guild of America who received his undergraduate degree in Economics at Siena College. After graduating, Janek started Assembly Line Entertainment in 2012 and obtained his MFA in Film Producing.

His diverse slate of films which he developed first hand 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 prize. Notable films as producer are “Ten Thousand Saints” (premiered at Sundance, staring Ethan Hawke), “Le Quinze Mai à Paris”, produced with Barbara De Fina, Martin Scorsese’s producer of 4 decades, “Imminent Threat”, which tackles the War on Terror’s impact on civil liberties, executive produced by Academy Award nominee James Cromwell, and dozens of other feature films that have received world wide distribution.

He’s recently written and directed his passion project, “Mondo Hollywoodland” a psychedelic sequel to the 1967 cult classic “Mondo Hollywood”. The film is set to be released in late 2019.

Our Films

Valley of Bones
Ten Thousand Saints
Human Capital

latest film

Valley of Bones