Kerry O’Neill

writer + director



short film / 2024

how far will sixteen year old foster girl ruby go to get the family she’s always wanted?

a pitch black comedy thriller starring ryan simpkins, chloe east, and rich sommer. written and directed by kerry o’neill as a part of the afi directing workshop for women.

walk out nice and smooth

short film / 2023

thirteen-year-old dani and their mother anne embark on an all-day odyssey to flip a stolen laptop. things get weird.

a dark comedy drama starring riley st. john and kate adams in their second collaboration with writer/director kerry o’neill. featuring susan berger, demorge brown, david brown, kendra uncut, and jayson cuevas. premiered at the 2023 palm springs shortfest.

bea at rehab

short film / 2021

after being abandoned at a rehab by her mother, young bea is forced to evade authority figures and fend for herself.

a social realist drama starring riley st. john and kate adams written and directed by kerry o’neill. recipient of the panavision new filmmakers grant, the vanishing angle post production grant, selected for the 2021 short to feature lab, where the short was developed into the coming of age feature, bea.


kerry’s recent television work includes writing for netflix’s murderville and amazon/freevee’s emmy nominated comedy jury duty. here’s a picture of her talking about it with her hands ︎︎︎


Arcana Mundi — Economy and Eccentricity

“Profuse strains of unpremeditated art.”
                A rock is a perfect metaphor, an allegory in volume. When placed it’s sculptural limits beget a kind of artistic proposition — and when considered with reduced anthropomorphism and ungeologically — produce a ready-made analog to the causation and bounds of our attempts at the understanding of all things.

Here the sculptor has made no concessions; no attempts to curry favor with curators or collectors — pieces wholly outside discourse. And if pressed for an affiliate movement for these “sculptures” (i.e. Cubism, Mannerism, etc.)… perhaps Monism or Cosmogonism? Definitely not Conceptualism or Pataphysics — Actualism?

The analog? Well for sure it is 1:1. Weird; yes — a knot to be admired for it’s curves — not for untying. An emergent surface as thick as it’s mass. 
Were it possible for the instances of our minds or world events to be mapped and dimensionally materialized, something similar to a rock would appear — areas of smoothness yielding to pockmarked particularities, density shifts and feathered explosions. What really is the shape of a boom town? A pilgrim’s journey? A section of jungle mayhem? A boring era? The silhouette of a father’s cold slap? The contours of a brief, intense friendship? Comfortably we perceive all of these things as ready to be integrated into ledgers or novels or timelines; but really they are queer crags and striations of unimaginable idiosyncrasy.

So yes, the reflective, reasonable yield of our mind has much symmetry (computation, cataloguing, narrativizing, etc.) but it’s actual shape is no shape, but unfolding chaos and singularity visible only to our particular time-scale. Our species-wide symmetries and quantizations are basically improvisations white-labeled onto directionless infinitude attempting the constant creation of navigable Dimension.

So, look intimately at a rock, walk around it, get up close to it, savor it’s complexion and composition as you would any painting or temple and see it as the faultless mirror that it is — a truly perfect sculpture.

We live our lives made up of a great quantity of isolated instants. So as to be lost at the heart of a multitude of things. (From the Double Dream of Spring, 1970.)

  1. Gavrilo Princip’s last grocery list written
  2. The time that alligator ate that fish
  3. When the Yongzheng Emperor found that weird dust bunny under his throne
  4. The great earthquake of Alexandria
  1. The invention of expectation in literature
  2. When the heaviest cacao fruit fell in Takalik Abaj
  3. Animesh eats his first Fly Agaric mushroom