Screenwriter and Filmmaker


Screenwriter and Filmmaker David M. O’Neill’s latest produced, written-work, The Stand at Paxton County was shot in Petaluma California for ESX Entertainment / Forrest Films.  The independent thriller stars Jacqueline Toboni, Chris McDonald and Michael O’Neill and will be theatrically released in the fall of 2019.


Working both as a hired feature writer, along with directing his own written work, David’s four produced films to date include Five Aces (20th Century) starring Charlie Sheen, gambling thriller, Player 5150 (First Look Studios), starring Ethan Embry, Kathleen Robertson, Bob Gunton - and sole screenwriting efforts include the Afghanistan family, political drama, The Black Tulip along with ESX/Lucas Films, rural political thriller, The Stand at Paxton County.


The Black Tulip was selected by the Afghanistan Film Commission as its official, 2011 Academy Award entry for Best Foreign Language Film. Favored in the 83rd Motion Picture Academy Awards as eligible for best original screenplay, Tulip was ultimately awarded Pen USA’s 2013 prestigious Freedom to Write Award along with numerous other festival awards. 


The film was released worldwide through Snagfilms.


David’s Vietnam drama War Junkies was also optioned by award-winning producer, Mark Harris (Crash, Gods and Monsters) of The Mark Harris Company. The story is of KNBC on-air frontline correspondent Jim Bennett who filed more stories there than any other on-air reporter who was ultimately caught deep behind enemy lines while securing the safe escape of his colleagues by way of the Mekong Delta.


David spends his time partnering with rights holders, capturing, creating and executing new Intellectual Property. New works include the story of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Empress of Heaven, Golf comedy Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden, St. Martin’s Press psychological thriller, The Happy Man, and Viking Press, Pulitzer Nominated Richard Jessup’s action-thriller, Threat - 115 Degrees.

O’Neill’s screenwriting career began when his novel-adaptation of Jack London’s period epoch, Martin Eden was purchased by Academy Award-winning Danish producer Just Betzer. From there, he went on to sign with the William Morris Agency and move to Paris while penning William Wharton’s, Last Lovers along with the English-speaking version of Out of Africa’s Isaak Denison’s - Babette's Feast.

Awards Include: 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, Arizona School of Business - Scottsdale.