Screenwriter and Filmmaker David M. O’Neill’s latest written screenplay, War Junkies" has just been picked up by Crash and Gods and Monsters producer Mark Harris. The story is that of a KNBC Los Angeles based reporter who travels to cover the Vietnam War and gets caught deep behind enemy lines in Cambodia near the time of the fall of Phnom Penh.
David's latest written and produced feature film, “The Black Tulip,” was selected by the Afghan Film Commission as its official, 2011 Academy Award entry for Best Foreign language Film. David's work was also among those favored in the 83rd Academy Awards as eligible and considered for best original screenplay. Awarded Pen USA’s 2013 prestigious “Freedom to Write Award,” the Black Tulip went on to win a number of international festival entries, was critically recognized by The New York Observer and released worldwide through Snagfilms.
O’Neill’s screenwriting career began when his novel-adaptation of Jack London’s period epoch, Martin Eden was purchased by Academy Award-winning “Babette’s Feast” producer - Joost Betzer. From there, O’Neill went on to sign with the William Morris agency, move to Paris penning William Wharton’s – Last Lovers, compose Denmark’s Hans Lemborne’s Marilyn, and write the English-speaking version of “Out of Africa’s” Isaak Denison’s Babette’s Feast. From there he later began the adaptation of Oriana Fallaci’s – A Man.
Santa Monica Studios then found O'Neill right for their long-anticipated passion piece, Lady Godiva. David’s drafts of the medieval tale of love and action-adventure were ultimately novelized and released worldwide through Whittaker Publishing.
David’s focus later expanded to combine screenwriting and directing his own personal work with 20th Century Fox’s Five Aces starring Charlie Sheen and Chris McDonald. O’Neill went on to capture Ft. Lauderdale’s Int. Film Festival’s “Spirit of Independent Filmmaking Award.” His second writing/directing effort was First Look Studios’ worldwide release of gambling thriller, Player 5150. The film starred Ethan Embry, Kathleen Robertson, Boardwalk Empire’s Chris McDonald, and Argo / Shawshank Redemption’s Bob Gunton.
Currently partnered with Crosswind Films, O’Neill writes and packages screenplays, attends world markets, develops financial partnerships, locates, acquires and creates intellectual property to be adapted for the screen.
Please visit www.DavidMONeill.net to view current and past productions, as well as current works in development.
Awards: The Black Tulip – Freedom to Write Award. Afghan Film Official Entry - Best Foreign Film, Motion Picture Academy Awards. Official Academy screenplay consideration. NY International Film Festival – Official Selection. Salento International Film Festival – Best Feature Film. Boston International Film Festival – Best Feature Film. Beverly Hills Film Festival – Golden Palm Grand Prize. Cinequest – Official Selection. International Digital – Screenwriter. Ft. Lauderdale Int. Film Festival – Writer-Director – Spirit of Independent Filmmaking Award. William Morris Agency – Writer of the Week. Monte Carlo Charity – Best Feature.
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree – Graduate of the University of Oregon. Scholarship Winner, American Conservatory Theatre – San Francisco. Post Grad – University of Washington.
Name: David M. O'Neill
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: Crosswind Films
Occupation: Director and Screenwriter
Unique traits: Adapting Novels, Independent Filmmaking.
Devil Dogs of Kernville
Film by Crosswind Films Writer Graduating high-school and leaving the small town comforts of Kernville California, five best friends embark on a cross-country, reunion "road-trip" spanning the stretches of America's heartland in the biggest, juiciest, red convertible they could find! But, now unfortunately for our heroes, there's real trouble. It appears one of the five has made a cozy deal with the devil himself and Beelzebub is a bit impatient to collect. The Father of Lies wants Curtis now! Hunted and assaulted across the great divide, we follow our team of five - the Devil Dogs of Kernville as they crisscross the American plains piecing together clues as to why their friend had made a deal with Mr. Pickering - the Lord of Demons himself.
Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden
by Crosswind Films Writer-Director-Producer One-time PGA superstar Puddy McFadden get a second chance from a disgraced career to compete in the Viagra Classic only to learn he's actually been cursed by the wives of the ancient forefathers of golf itself.
Film by First Look Studios (Action, Drama and Thriller) Writer - Director - Producer A day trader (Embry) and his fiance (Robertson) get caught up in high stakes gambling.
The Black Tulip
Film (Drama, Family and War) Writer When Taliban authorities deny the turning over of Osama Bin Laden post 911, U.S. Forces rout their leadership from Kabul and free its Afghan citizens from the brutal grip of spiritual henchman Mullah Mohammed Omar and that of his dark-age Sharia led leadership. Seizing upon this new and volatile window of freedom, matriarch Farishta Mansouri along with her husband Hadar normalize their family's efforts by turning her deceased father's Soviet destroyed bookstore into a restaurant. A place of hope called "The Poet's Corner" along with an open microphone, a small stage and an invitation for all Afghans to read their poetry, voice is now given to the voiceless. Both men and women now have a safe, equal and inviting place to tell their stories and to sing their songs. But like a lightening rod, these new voices of freedom attract the darkest, lingering factional Taliban elements who then target the Mansouri family in the most heinous ways imaginable. In their efforts to silence the ... Written by David M. O'Neill
Film by Panoram Film International (Drama and Romance) Writer A raw sailor falls in love a girl out of his class and self-educates himself to win her favor only to be discredited ultimately by the girl's wealthy parents.
Film by Franchise Pictures (Comedy and Drama) Writer - Director - Producer Chris Martin is a bachelor who wants to take the plunge and marry to his long-time girlfriend. What began as a send-off, however, might be something more serious when Martin starts having second thoughts about matrimony.
Film (Adventure and Comedy) Writer When a buddy is to laid to rest, his four friends find out he may have made a deal with the devil.
The Longest Season
Film by Michael-Patrick productions (Short) Writer-Director - Actor When Robert Champion is let go of his job during America's tumultuous stock crash of 1929, he is driven to despair by haunting memories of his college prowess when he is forced to live off of his wife's lucrative inheritance.
Film (Adventure, Sci-Fi and Western) Actor Ben Rutherford, a man looking for work, arrives on Moon City, a colony on the moon to find work as a miner. On Moon City, Ben meets a pilot named Sam Horton and a gambler named Armond Crille. Armond has won the readout of the remote planet "Asteroid 13" from a poker opponent in a poker game and Ben encourages both Sam and Armond to travel to "Asteroid 13" to do mining, believing Asteroid 13 maybe another source of gold. Joined by a woman named Camilla Jones, whom too wants to be involved with the mining on Asteroid 13, the three companions become paranoid, believing one of them may want to claim the gold for themselves. But a ruthless Chinese bandit known as Loo Seki has also arrived on "Asteroid 13" and is also after the gold. Written by Daniel Williamson
Film (Thriller) Actor Paparazzi photographer Mickey Dane is obsessed with elusive pop singer Chelsea, and his attempts to capture her on film often land him in trouble. He jumps at the chance to photograph a Chelsea lookalike, but when Chelsea and her double are found murdered, he becomes the main suspect. Discovering a clue in one of his old photographs, Mickey must race against time to prove his innocence and find out what really happened. Written by Alexander Lum <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Shades of LA
Television (Drama) Actor Det. Michael Burton of the Los Angeles Police Department is a shallow, casual kind of guy until a near-death experience changes his life. Grazed in the head by a bullet during a stake-out, Burton dies and finds himself in limbo, surrounded by "shades"--spirits of the dead who are trapped there, unable to proceed to Heaven or Hell until they can complete whatever unfinished business binds them to Earth. Paramedics restart his heart, and Burton wakes up in the hospital--only to discover he can still see shades. Each episode sees him helping a shade to solve his/her problem so s/he can move on to the afterlife. Written by Marg Baskin <email@example.com>
Diggin' Up Business
Film (Comedy) Actor After her Grandfather goes on vacation Tesia (Lynn-Holly Johnson) discovers that the number of bodies buried does not match the number of corpses her Grandfather registered with the state...
Film (Drama) Actor Charlie Sheen plays a rebellious inmate in an Army stockade.
Film (Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Actor A man and his daughter are attacked in the woods by what they believe is a Bigfoot-type creature. However, they soon begin to suspect that they may have stumbled onto a nest of aliens in a hidden spacecraft.
Once Upon a Texas Train
TV Movie (Action, Comedy, Romance and Western) Actor Captain Hayes of the mighty law enforcement squad named the Texas Rangers reached the pinnacle of his career when he captured the notorious John Henry, an outlaw cowboy, and put him behind bars. Twenty years later, upon his release, Henry is older but unrepentant. Within six hours after leaving his jail cell, he evens the score with Hayes by holding up the Bank of Texas for $20,000 in gold. Hayes, in his fury, gets himself out of retirement to take up the chase once more. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Film (Comedy) Actor Harry and Archie are released from prison ready to collect their Social Security. How could they get into trouble at their age? Let's count the ways; A parole officer who is a famous criminal groupie, Dead end where people don't know they are dealing with dangerous, though older, criminals, a hit man who can barely see, but who still has an outstanding contract on them. Does anyone still rob trains? Written by John Vogel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
North and South, Book II
Television (Drama, Romance, War and History) Actor The continuing saga of the Hazards and the Mains. The Hazards are from the North and the Mains from the South. George Hazard and Orry Main met at West Point and fought in the Mexican American war together becoming fast friends. Now they find themselves fighting on opposite sides of the Civil War and struggle to maintain their friendship through these troubled times. Written by Susan Southall <email@example.com>
TV Movie (Drama) Actor Oakbridge, a mid-size midwest American city, is the site of a major chemical disaster. At Citichem, the production manager, is forced to shortcut his safety procedures to speed up the production of a highly toxic and volatile chemical. Of course, as expected, an accident occurs. A worker is killed and the town is exposed to calamitous impacts. Cicely Tyson also co-stars as the City Manager who has misgivings about the whole operation. Written by John Sacksteder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Simon & Simon
Television (Action, Drama and Mystery) Actor A.J. Simon is a polished fellow with a taste for classic cars and tailored suits. Rick Simon is his less refined (but still pleasant) older brother who has a taste for cowboy boots and four-wheel drive pickups. The two of them live in San Diego, where they own a private detective agency. The series chronicles their exploits. Written by Afterburner <email@example.com>
Film (Drama, Romance and Thriller) Actor Free-spirited fifteen-year-old Connie Wyatt may be too young to drive, but she's already driving the boys crazy. Her suspicious mother wants to keep her safely at home, but Connie would rather while away the languid summer days hanging out with her friends and flirting with boys at the local burger stand. But when she flirts with a handsome and dangerous stranger named Arnold Friend, she must prepare herself for the frightening and traumatic consequences. Based on the short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates. Written by Eric Zuckerman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Film (Action and Adventure) Actor Set in 1935, a professor, archaeologist, and legendary hero by the name of Indiana Jones is back in action in his newest adventure. But this time he teams up with a night club singer named Wilhelmina "Willie" Scott and a twelve-year-old boy named Short Round. They end up in an Indian small distressed village, where the people believe that evil spirits have taken all their children away after a sacred precious stone was stolen! They also discovered the great mysterious terror surrounding a booby-trapped temple known as the Temple of Doom! Thuggee is beginning to attempt to rise once more, believing that with the power of all five Sankara stones they can rule the world! Now, it's all up to Indiana to put an end to the Thuggee campaign, rescue the lost children, win the girl and conquer the Temple of Doom. Written by Anthony Pereyra <email@example.com>
Pen USA - Freedom to Write Award - The Black Tulip
Beverly Hills International Film Festival - Golden Palm Prize
New York International Festival - The Black Tulip - Official Selection
Salento International Film Festival - Best Feature - The Black Tulip
Boston Film Festival - Best Feature - the Black Tulip
Monte Carlo Festival - Best Feature - The Black Tulip
83rd Academy Awards - Afghanistan's Official Best Foreign Film– Freedom to Write Award 2014 83rd Academy Awards * – Afganistan Officia
Ft. Lauderdale Int. Film Festival – Writer-Director –, Spirit of Independent Filmmaking Award, 2001,
Writer of the Week - William Morris
University of Oregon
American Conservatory Theater
Arizona School of Business