Bleach Bone is the story of a man trying to face his guilt by digging up the bones of an old friend.

A short film based on the award winning stage play by Josh Wagner, directed by J.D. Nilles, shot and edited by Jon Aaseng.

Starring David Turley, Jeff Medley, Lily Gladstone.
photo by Destini Vaile

Dedicated to the Memory of Alexis Wagner and Steve Wilcox



The original ten minute stage play, Bleach Bone, was written in one night in 2010 after Wagner came across Eric Ashcraft’s painting, Summertime, in an art gallery in Missoula, MT. It was then performed locally during a short play festival. Wagner went on to expand the story into a one-act play which subsequently win the 2012 Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts’ New Rocky Mountain Voices award.

That same year, Wagner approached Nilles about adapting the script into a short film. An all-local cast and crew was assembled, and most of the exterior scenes were shot over a single weekend in Hamilton, Montana.

Cast & Crew

Directed by John D. Nilles
Produced by Josh Wagner
Co-Produced by Jenni Johnson
Screenplay by John D. Nilles & Josh Wagner
Based on the stage play by Josh Wagner


David Turley as Dwain
Jeff Medley as Jay
Lily Gladstone as Claire


Director of Photography Jon Aaseng
Associate Producer Jason Miller
Script Supervisor Destini Vaile
Props Destini Vaile
Costumes Kara Chandler
Production Sound Mixer Casey Carter
On-set Photography Destini Vaile

Shrubmaster Loren Norby
First AC Grant Herzog
Second AC Jason Miller
Boom Operator Patrick Yoder
Production Assistant/Grip Caleb Tipton
Production Assistant/Grip Loren Norby
Production Assistant/Grip Patrick Yoder

Edited by Jon Aaseng and John D. Nilles
Sound Design by Josh Wagner and John D. Nilles
Color Grading Jon Aaseng

ADR by Rocky Mountain Post Production
Final by Assembly Rocky Mountain Post Production


Aaron Hawkinson for providing shooting land & on-screen truck
Alexis Wagner and Steve Wilcox for the primary location
Dean & Kay Ludwick for their support
Kim McCort
The Zoola Playwrights
David Gates
Snake Country

Bleach Bone was inspired by the painting “Sumertime” by Eric Ashcraft

This film is dedicated in loving memory of Alexis Wagner & Steve Wilcox

Trailers and Video

Coming soon.