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 and enjoyed its world premiere on the Netflix Network. The independent thriller stars Jacqueline Toboni, Chris McDonald, and Michael O’Neill. Following the Netflix success, David was tapped to write his second production for ESX Productions, action-thriller, The Last Flight.
Working both as a hired feature-writer, along with directing his own written work, David’s produced features to date include Five Aces (20th Century), gambling thriller, Player 5150 (First Look Studios), the Afghanistan family, political drama, The Black Tulip (Snag Films) along with ESX/ Forrest Films 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.
David spends his time partnering with rights holders, capturing, creating, and executing new Intellectual Property content. 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.
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.