A North Dakota-based Independent Film Company

Bad Medicine Films

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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 released in 2017. Additional films in various states of development by Bad Medicine Films include Compliance Check, Pilgrim, and Recall, among others.

The discovery of a lifetime

Valley of Bones

A disgraced paleontologist struggling to raise her son is tipped off to a groundbreaking dig site in the Badlands by a recovering meth addict, but his tie to the cartel threatens to bury them both under the weight of their criminal pasts.

Another world- a lawless time


Pilgrim takes place in a lawless time where magic is believed to exist by an idealistic few. Emryk, a bereaved man, seeks the blood of two merchants who desecrate his lover’s grave. During the pursuit, he encounters an ascetic “Holy Man” and learns of a magic that could bring back the dead. Denied revenge, Emryk is left with only the possibility of the transcendent. This short film was shot on location in Iceland.

1980’s New York City

Ten Thousand Saints

Jude (Asa Butterfield) is a teenage boy who is trying to reconnect with his father Les (Ethan Hawke) in 1987 Manhattan. When Jude’s friend, Teddy (Avan Jogia), dies of a drug overdose, Jude finds himself befriending a group of friends who are against drugs, alcohol, profanity and sex and live for punk-style rock music. When he meets sixteen year old Eliza (Hailee Steinfeld), who’s pregnant with Teddy’s child, he and Les are forced to be her rock through her pregnancy and early motherhood, while Jude struggles with his feelings for her and his relationship with his father.

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