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Lawrence O’Neil

Associate Professor of Film

Lawrence (Larry) O’Neil, an alumnus of Purchase College, has written professionally for HBO, Warner Brothers, Fox, MGM, Lion’s Gate, and Artisan.

He has directed two feature films and produced three others, and was cited as one of Variety’s 50 up-and-coming directors to watch. Throwing Down, his first feature film as writer and director, won the award for best feature at the Hampton’s International Film Festival. He then directed the HBO feature Breast Men, starring David Schwimmer, Chris Cooper, and Emily Proctor. Based on a John Stockwell script, it followed the fictional careers of two Texas research physicians who developed the idea of breast implants in the 1950s.

His recent producing credits include Another Zero in the System, written and directed by Tim McCann. His recent short film, Tront’s Quest, has been described as “the sensuous and provocative tale of a Dungeons & Dragons game gone wrong.”

O’Neil first joined the film faculty as a part-time member in 2006 and was a visiting assistant professor in 2013–14.